Banking & Finance
Recent years have presented financial markets across the globe with historic challenges. With world markets finally regaining balance, your business needs fresh thinking to help you adjust to the demands of new regulations and political and economic developments.
Known for its analytic rigor, our Banking & Finance team draws on its banking product expertise. We collaborate with all our teams, including our regulatory, dispute resolution and restructuring teams to help you realise your business goals. It's routine for us to provide clients with innovative, customised solutions: much imitated, our financing techniques have set the standard for the industry.
The largest banks, insurers and financial institutions and their customers in CEE/SEE trust us on issues ranging from commercial lending, project financing and private equity to regulatory work, Medium Term Notes (MTN), Eurobonds, IPOs, takeovers, credit-linked notes, securitisations, de-listings and loan portfolios.
We're aware that regulatory issues are driving banking and financial markets these days. This is why we've made it such a high priority to develop relationships with local regulators, stock exchanges and government officials. We pass the benefits of these relationships on to you as we advise on MiFID II, CRR, payment services, and data protection, EMIR, MAD II, Investment Fund Regimes (UCITS IV, UCITS V) and AIFMD.
Finance / Project Finance
Whether you are or represent a project sponsor, developer, commercial bank, underwriter, debt and equity investor, supplier, export-credit agency, government agency, or contractor, we've represented clients with your concerns and ambitions. The same goes for purchasers financing a development on a project basis with PPPs and lenders in secured and unsecured financing transactions.
We participate in numerous transactions which involve all types of financial institutions, such as banks, trust companies, insurance companies and investment dealers. Our clients benefit from our expertise in M&A, capital structuring, acquisition finance and structured finance.
Our expertise covers the structuring, negotiation and documentation of derivatives transactions as well as certain regulations of exchange-traded derivatives, including swaps, futures, options, repurchase and participation agreements. Our experts worked on implementing EMIR, which means we know the ins and outs of this complex EU legislation.
Loan Portfolios Transactions
Increased activity in the distressed debt market is a potential opportunity for financial investors and banks looking to recover from low credit ratings and poor profitability performance, particularly within the Eurozone and CEE/SEE. Our lawyers routinely advise on NPL transactions using LMA standards throughout the region.
Deleveraging, Restructuring, Insolvency
We can help you deleverage bank assets and advise you on bankruptcy filings and restructurings to help minimise future legal challenges and potential liability hazards. We also address risks stemming from challenges to transactions, from their characterisation as preferential to their cancellation under avoidance rules. We bring a commercial perspective to our advice on turnarounds, asset protection and recovery as well as to banking, corporate or litigation laws.
Our team works extensively for various investment funds and fund managers, assisting them with fund establishment and marketing, management and structuring requirements, mergers of funds and fund management companies, requirements for reporting and filing and passporting of UCITS-compliant funds. A core focus of our team is also the AIFMD and its implementation in the EU Member States of our region.
Capital Markets & Securities
If you're looking to raise capital, we have a variety of tools to help you: IPOs, secondary offerings and convertible and straight debt offerings are just a sampling. We also advise on all aspects of issuing debt, equity and hybrid securities. Our work typically includes stand-alone corporate bonds and sovereign issues, exchangeables, MTNs and debt issuance programs, convertibles, hybrid and Tier 1, securities, structured products and of course, equity.
In this sensitive legal field, we advise on all regulatory issues related to the establishment, licencing and operation of branches, subsidiaries and services on a local and cross-border basis, including capital and liquidity regulations such as Basel III, e-money, transparency requirements, compliance and white-collar criminal investigations. Our regulatory expertise includes MiFID II, MAD II, MAR, UCITS.