Late Stage Investments


Our lawyers regularly advise issuers, placement agents and investors in connection with private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities. Private placements may be the first step for a venture capital or entrepreneurial client, or an alternative for a well-established issuer needing to raise capital when the public equity markets are unavailable.

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings or other liquidity opportunities, these companies are focused on raising capital in private placements principally to institutional investors, cross-over funds and strategic investors. Often, these late-stage private placements are a prelude to an initial public offering.

Late-stage private placements raise a number of special considerations for issuers, investors and financial intermediaries.  A late-stage private placement may follow after many successive prior rounds of financing and requires addressing the rights of various categories of existing stockholders. In addition to providing a capital-raising opportunity, a late-stage private placement also may serve as a means of providing liquidity to longstanding stockholders, such as angel investors and friends and family. This can take place through a secondary private placement or through a tender for shares held by existing stockholders. Properly structuring a late-stage private placement is important to the issuer’s IPO planning.

Given our understanding of the private placement market and our expertise with IPOs, we are well-placed to address these concerns. Over the years, we have worked with our financial institution clients to devise new distribution methodologies for securities, such as the PIPE transaction. PlacementTracker and other data providers rank the firm as one of the most active in representing issuers and agents in connection with private placements and PIPE transactions.

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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law


Chambers Global 2018
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives


Chambers UK 2018
Debt Capital Markets


Chambers USA 2018
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: REITS


EQDerivatives Awards 2016
Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year


Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015
One of five firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Finance, 2012


GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards
Americas Law Firm of the Year 2015 – 2017
U.S. Law Firm of the Year – Transactions 2018


GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016, 2017
Global Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016
Private Placements Law Firm of the Year


IFLR1000 2018
China: Private Equity – Foreign Firms
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms
United States: Capital Markets: Debt
United States: Capital Markets: Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Debt
United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Derivatives


IFLR Americas Awards
Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, 2013
Structured Finance and Securitisation Team of the Year, 2015


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures
Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)


Legal 500 UK 2017
Debt Capital Markets
Derivatives and Structured Products


Legal 500 US 2017
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Structured Finance


mtn-i Americas Awards 2013
Legal Leader


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (shortlist)
Best Law Firm in the Americas


Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
Law Firm of the Year, Americas


Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018
National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)

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