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Elaine Keats

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Linklaters LLP

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Capital markets.


Partner in the equity and debt markets group. Has broad range of experience in international capital markets, including international debt offerings, convertible/exchangeable bonds and medium-term note programmes, advising both investment banking and corporate clients. Specialist areas include liability management transactions, including exchange offers, tender offers and buy-backs.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London 1994-96; trainee solicitor international finance department, New York 1996; associate international finance department, London 1996-2001; managing associate equity and debt markets group 2001-05; partner 2005.


University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Guildford (1994 LPC).

London: Finance

Debt capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Elaine Keats - Linklaters LLP

Within: Debt capital markets

Linklaters LLP's debt capital markets practice has a 40-year history in London, during which time it has become one of the leading firms for all kinds of debt product, including complex and innovative bond structures. It has one of the largest practices in the City, led by Elaine Keats, who handles standalone debt offerings, retail bonds and EMTN programmes. The firm is a recognised leader in liability management, equity-linked bonds and regulatory capital transactions. It is also a key player in emerging market debt, green bonds and the nascent area of sustainability and social bonds. Its team comprises seven UK DCM partners, two US-qualified partners and two counsels in London. Richard Levy is 'the best in town - very technical and commercial, he delivers on client needs'. Ben Dulieu is a standout practitioner for equity-linked transactions. Cecil Quillen and Carson Welsh excel in US securities and regulatory capital trades, respectively. The 'highly skilled and responsive' Richard O’Callaghan has significant MENA and emerging markets expertise. 'The team is the most knowledgeable and skilled in this area, bar none', remarks one client.

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Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Linklaters LLP has one of London's most prestigious banking and finance practices and acts for a stellar roster of banks, corporates, funds and governments in their financing, hedging and investment activities. The London practice handles work in Africa, the CEE, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Turkey. Banking and debt capital markets are key practice areas, and the firm counts development finance institutions such as African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation among its clients. Among the firm's many standout partners are Ian Andrews who advises sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financings; projects partner Andrew Jones, who leads the firm's Africa Group; Mirthe Van Kesteren, who leads the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London and co-heads the firm's CIS desk; and head of the head of the global energy and infrastructure practice Daniel Tyrer. The firm also has strong US securities law capability in Cecil Quillen. Debt specialists Richard Levy and Elaine Keats are also recommended.

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