Sound legal advice on capital market transactions
Capital markets never stand still. Stock exchanges around the world face increasing regulation, while tougher legislation requires corresponding changes to the way companies fund themselves. At the same time, capital market products are gaining in importance against a backdrop of historically low interest rates, while new technologies are creating completely new opportunities for issuers and shareholders. Operating successfully in this environment requires both in-depth expertise in capital markets law and proven international capabilities – something we can offer.
Your partner for capital market transactions
The capital markets lawyers at CMS possess extensive specialist knowledge and are able to provide focused advice on a wide range of capital market transactions. Our clients benefit in particular from our wealth of experience. Over the past 20 years, we have advised on numerous IPOs and other transactions involving capital markets law – as advisers to the issuer, to the underwriting banks or the (existing) shareholders. A large part of our work is cross-border, so we regularly draw on capital markets lawyers from across the international CMS network.
Leading expertise on equity and debt capital markets
In equity capital markets, the range of advice provided by our capital markets lawyers covers IPOs (German stock exchanges, NASDAQ, Euronext), capital increases, public takeovers and scrip dividends. We also advise on segment changes and can provide support on all aspects of compliance under capital markets law.
The key areas we cover with regard to debt capital markets include issue platforms and the issuing of (structured) debt securities, mortgage bonds (Pfandbriefe), foreign covered bonds and promissory notes. We advise on OTC derivatives, structured products for regulated investors and clearing of financial instruments. We additionally provide ongoing advice on all obligations arising from an issue or listing, as well as regulatory matters. Our teams also cover aspects related to US securities legislation, providing advice from a single source.
Our real-world advice is backed by scholarship, with CMS lawyers regularly publishing and lecturing on capital markets law. They are also active in a number of industry bodies (including the German Derivatives Association (DDV), the Association of Pfandbrief Banks (vdp) and the workgroup for debt securities law at the Institute for Law and Finance (ILF)). CMS is also a Deutsche Börse capital market partner.
Our legal advice around capital markets at a glance
The skills of our capital markets lawyers cover every relevant topic, including:
- IPOs and support for post-IPO requirements and segment switches, capital increases and reallocations (block trades)
- Takeovers of listed companies
- Scrip dividends
- Creating and updating issue platforms
- Convertible, warrant and exchange bonds
- Pan-European placement of equity and debt capital instruments
- Structured financial instruments for regulated investors (especially promissory note loans and registered bonds)
- Repurchase and restructuring of debt securities (liability management)
- Clearing of financial instruments
- Compliance relating to capital markets law (including the provisions of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, the Securities Trading Act (WpHG), etc.)