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Clifford Chance
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131
United States

Work Department

Capital Markets


Kathleen L. Werner is a Partner in the Capital Markets practice of Clifford Chance. Kathleen primarily represents companies and investment banks in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Kathleen’s clients include public and private companies in the financial services, real estate and media industries. She acts as regular outside corporate and SEC counsel to many of her clients. In addition, Kathleen frequently represents investment banking firms acting as underwriters and initial purchasers in public and private securities offerings. Kathleen is a trustee of The New York Foundling.


Georgetown University Law Center (JD), 1991; St. Joseph’s University (BA), 1988

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

(Leading lawyers)

Kathleen Werner  — Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, the multidisciplinary practice group has strength across capital markets transactions, private equity and M&A, and advises clients on US and international REITS work. The New York based team is able to leverage its global footprint to handle cross-border work with a representative matter in the European healthcare real estate space. Practice head Kathleen Werner , alongside senior partners Andrew Epstein  and Jay Bernstein remain the key practitioners, and are active in equity REITS, securities offerings, and IPO’s. Jason Myers is ‘very knowledgeable’ according to peers, and advises issuers, underwriters, and sponsors in the real estate sector. Other core members of the group include Michael Seaton, securities partner Jake Farquharson, and counsel Jason Parsont.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Clifford Chance operates a broad-based practice covering investment grade, high-yield, covered bonds, project bonds and other capital markets transactions. The firm is particularly known for offerings by REITs and Latin American entities, including sovereign and sub-sovereign issuers. Closed end fund offerings and debt restructuring exercises are also fortes for the team. Andrew Epstein is an experienced figure in debt offerings by REITs, along with co-head of the department Kathleen Werner. Fellow co-head Jonathan Zonis and Hugo Triaca are key names in Latin America transactions, including sovereign bond offerings. Larry Medvinsky and Per Chilstrom have both left the firm.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Clifford Chance continues to be recognised for its prominence in REIT and Latin America offerings. Its global standing makes it especially well-equipped to handle US offerings by overseas issuers. It is also prominent in closed-end fund offerings in the US market; it advised BofA Securities as lead underwriter, on the IPO of BlackRock Capital Allocation Trust, a registered closed-end fund. Andrew Epstein and Kathleen Werner  are leading figures in REIT offerings, including equity REITs and mortgage REITs, along with SPAC IPOs. Jonathan Zonis  is co-head of Americas capital markets and is noted for Latin America offerings and issuances from other parts of the globe, while Hugo Triaca  is another key name for Latin America offerings. Clifford Cone  is closely associated with fund offerings. All named individuals are based in New York.