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Mayer Brown
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1001
United States
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Corporate & Securities


David Bakst is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice specializing in Capital Markets. His practice focuses on a wide variety of public and private securities offerings ranging from large New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed IPOs and multibillion-dollar debt offerings to smaller private offerings. David has more than 20 years of capital markets experience with a particular focus on securities offerings involving non-US issuers. He has led securities offerings for a number of the most prominent issuers in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. He advises clients from a broad range of industries, including life sciences, financial services, energy, telecommunications and technology. David regularly advises leading investment banking firms on domestic and international capital markets offerings. David also advises companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.


Boston College Law School, JD, cum laude 1996 Editor-in-Chief, International & Comparative Law Review, 1995-1996 Northwestern University, BA 1993

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Mayer Brown remains best known for structured products, infrastructure and project bonds, and high yield debt. It is well plugged-in to the region through its dedicated Mexico City office and its presence in Brazil through Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. Clients include Banco General, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Celeo Redes, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Global Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Sanepar. In Uruguay, the practice advised the note purchasers on a $114m senior private placement (and a subordinated private placement of a B-bond), to refinance the El Naranjal and Del Litoral solar power plants, as well as advising the investors on the $65m investment grade-rated project bond issued in the private placement market to finance Invenergy’s La Jacinta Solar project in the country’s Salto department. Other work included advising the underwriters on the $184m IPO by Brazilian financial institution Banco Inter. Chicago partner Douglas Doetsch leads the Latin America and Caribbean practice and has an excellent record in structured finance, securitisation and diversified payment rights transactions. Also Chicago-based, James Patti is another strong player in structured finance, securitisation and infrastructure bonds. David Bakst specialises in capital markets transactions by non-US issuers, including a number of Latin American businesses. Leader of the Latin America projects practice Christopher Erckert and Washington DC partner Gabriela Sakamoto are experienced names in project bonds and hybrid financings products. Latin America debt and equity capital markets specialist  George Baptista joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in mid-2018.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Although Mayer Brown advises both issuers and underwriters, the group is particularly prominent on the bank side and acts as designated underwriters’ counsel to a raft of public companies. Among the ‘very experienced’ team’s industry strong suits, it is arguably most recognized for its experience in financial services, energy, REITs and life sciences. It is also distinguished by its robust cross-border practice, which handles a significant volume of Israel-related transactions. Chicago-based Edward Best co-leads the capital markets team and has a focus on offerings by financial institutions. Anna Pinedo co-leads the group from New York and brings a significant structured finance dimension to her practice. Additional contacts include David Bakst and Phyllis Korff in New York and Palo Alto-based Jennifer Carlson.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Mayer Brown secures praise for its ‘broad capital markets experience’, which is evidenced by its involvement in the full scope of transactions globally, from private placements and IPOs, through to continuous issuance programs and structured projects. The firm routinely leads on cross-border offerings from the US but it can also draw on its extensive network of offices for support on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions, with its London and Hong Kong platforms especially sizeable. Among its industry sweet spots, the group is most prominent in the financial services, life sciences and food and beverage sectors, and it routinely advises both issuers and underwriters on offerings within those spheres. Geographically, the team is extremely active in Canada-related offerings and it represents many of Canada’s main banks on financing transactions, including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal and Bank of Nova Scotia. New York-based Anna Pinedo co-leads the department and is a ‘true advocate for her clients’; she is widely recognized for her experience in cross-border work involving Canada, Israel and the Nordics. Chicago-based Edward Best co-heads the practice and has an emphasis on representing issuers and underwriters on offerings by financial institutions, with strong expertise in Canada-related matters. Additional contacts include David Bakst and Jerry Marlatt — both are based in New York.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Maintaining a balance between issuer and underwriter-side work, Mayer Brown is best known for its firepower in financial services-related offerings. The team routinely acts for major domestic and global banks, as both issuers and underwriters, and it also handles a significant volume of deals relating to the consumer products, REITs and transport industries. The group’s focus on Canada-related work is another significant differentiator and it counts Canadian companies, banks, pension plans, private equity funds and REITs among its clients. Chicago-based Edward Best co-leads the department and specializes in offerings by financial institutions. New York is the seat of group co-head Anna Pinedo, whose practice brings together capital markets, derivatives and structured finance expertise. Other names to note include Jerry Marlatt, who is recommended for his experience in Canada-related work, Phyllis Korff and David Bakst — all are based in New York. Talented counsel Ryan Castillo is also recommended.