Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

McGuireWoods represents some of the nation’s largest businesses and financial institutions. Over the past two years, our corporate finance and capital markets lawyers served as counsel in public and private securities offerings with an aggregate market value of approximately $50 billion. That’s why we’re ranked among the top law firms for debt and equity issuances based on deal volume and dollar value in Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg league tables.

Such sophisticated work earned repeated honors from theInternational Financial Law Review, with the firm twice receiving IFLR’s Equity Deal of the Year and Debt & Equity Linked Deal of the Year.

McGuireWoods handles complex corporate and securities matters, including registered public offerings, private placements, exempt offerings, financial advisory services, shelf registrations and subsequent take downs of debt, equity- and trust-preferred securities, medium-term note programs, sales of debt in European and other foreign markets, and offerings of structured products and securities. We also help our public company clients with liability management activities, including tender offers, redemptions and consent solicitations.

In the equity-raising arena, we represent corporate issuers and underwriters in IPOs and follow-on offerings. We also advise issuers in offerings of hybrids and trust-preferred securities. We routinely assist our financial institution clients with the creation and issuance of various classes of equity securities, designed to help them satisfy their capital requirements under regulatory frameworks. For other corporate debt issuers that do not face such regulatory constraints, we help them structure and complete offerings that achieve desired ratings outcomes from the debt rating agencies.

We counsel public companies on investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings, including senior and junior subordinated note offerings, as well as Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings. Our lawyers also assist issuers and guarantors with secured bond issuances.

The depth of our experience enables us to be innovative in meeting client-specific financing goals. For example, McGuireWoods assisted with one of the first hybrid securities issued by a nonfinancial institution. We also represented clients in numerous debt and equity offerings in the context of M&A transactions, both for purposes of bridging to closing or taking advantage of or minimizing the effect of short-term financing market conditions.

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