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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’s major investment in the Latin America market continues to deliver rewards. Its presence in Mexico and Brazil, the latter through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, has given it access to the region’s most dynamic capital markets, additionally ensuring it involvement in the further uptick in Brazil IPOs and follow-on offerings. The practice remains noted for energy and infrastructure bonds, high-yield and investment grade bonds, private placements, liability management and structured financings. The Latin America team is also active in SEC reporting for businesses in the region. The firm’s excellent connections to investment banks consistently puts it in the frame for major engagements and it is continually building its issuer client base. Douglas Doetsch is head of the Latin America practice and a leader in securitisations, especially future cash flow securitisations. Juan Pablo Moreno previously practised in Colombia and is admitted in New York and Illinois; he is active in bank financings and capital markets transactions in the region, particularly in Brazil. New York partner David Bakst also has a long track record in Latin America capital markets offerings. Washington DC and New York partner Christopher Erckert is at the forefront of project bonds and private placements. Carlos Motta provides on the ground Brazil expertise in Tauil & Chequer Advogados‘ Sao Paulo office; while the November-2021 arrival of Jonathan Pacheco (from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP), as a partner in Washington DC further reinforces the group, particularly in relation to Brazil offerings.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Mayer Brown has continued to invest in and expand its capital markets senior team with a series of internal promotions and lateral hires. Jonathan Pacheco joined the Washington DC office as a partner from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, bringing extensive capital markets expertise, including offerings by Brazilian issuers. Moreover, amongst other senior appointments Ryan Castillo and Brian Hirshberg were promoted to partner in 2021, followed by Washington DC’s John Ablan in January 2022. With substantial teams in New York, London and Hong Kong, it has rightly achieved prominence in the world’s top capital markets centers of the last 20 years. Consumer products, energy, financial services, specialty finance and fintech, life sciences and healthcare, REITs, business development companies (BDCs), and tech and telecoms are key sectors. Major foreign markets for the practice include Brazil, where the firm has an affiliation with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, along with Canada, Israel and the Nordic nations. Anna Pinedo is an experienced name in offerings originating from Canada, Israel and the Nordics. David Bakst , who has an excellent record in Brazil offerings. Other key partners include Chicago’s Edward Best , Phyllis Korff and Jerry Marlatt, who has driven the development of the Canada practice. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Mayer Brown has significantly expanded its capital markets team in recent years, most recently with the hire of David Freed, a specialist in equity and debt offerings by REITs, from Vinson & Elkins LLP. Additionally, the firm brought in Jonathan Pacheco as a partner in Washington DC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and promoted John Ablan to the partnership. Launching a new Salt Lake City office in 2022, the firm has added further capital markets expertise in the tech, life sciences, and fintech and insurtech sectors. In 2021, the firm advised on a series of private placements, including deals that led to the issuer achieving unicorn status. In addition, the New York team, especially partner David Bakst, have worked intensively on a series of US offerings by Brazilian issuers; it has a strong association with Brazil firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados. Israel is another key market for the US team. Anna Pinedo, Chicago partner Edward Best and Phyllis Korff are senior members of the department.