With over 450 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of capital markets lawyers of any global law firm.
Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, corporate trust and agency and high yield.
Few practices can match our award-winning, top tier position across the full range of capital market products. With such a deep bench of specialists and global reach, international and industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions are our hallmark. We have been instrumental in nearly all the major developments in the capital markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s.
Integrated into our capital markets practice is a group of U.S. corporate finance lawyers who specialise in U.S. securities law advice, enabling us to advise on U.S. law aspects of transactions anywhere in the world. In addition, a number of our lawyers play leading roles in our cross-practice Islamic Finance group.
The past few years have been the most challenging in the history of international financial markets and have required fresh thinking as the markets adjust to the continually changing economic, political and regulatory conditions. Renowned for our intellectual rigour, our capital markets lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work alongside our regulatory, banking and finance, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.
That is why over 800 corporate and financial institution participants in the financial markets entrust us with the full range of their domestic and cross-border transactions.
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- Derivatives and Structured Finance
- Equity Capital Markets
- Financial Services and Securities Litigation
News and insights
Publications: 06 April 2023
Key global capital markets development and outlook
The global capital markets faced significant challenges in 2022. Although optimism is returning for 2023, risks remain around inflation, interest rates, geopolitics and bank stability.
Publications: 29 March 2023
Market Horizons podcast: Blockchain bonds: how legal frameworks are changing – Europe and UK (Part 2)
In the second part of this two-part episode, part of the “Market Horizons” series, we continue to look at blockchain bonds and how legal frameworks are changing around the world to accommodate the…
Publications: 17 March 2023
States have unlimited capacity: Law Debenture v Ukraine
Foreign states formally recognised by the UK government have unlimited capacity, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed, in a significant decision in long running litigation between a trustee for…
Publications: 15 February 2023
Market Horizons podcast: Blockchain bonds: how legal frameworks are changing – U.S. and APAC (Part 1)
In this latest episode of Allen & Overy’s Market Horizons podcast series, join us in the first part of a whirlwind tour of several jurisdictions where we focus on international legal and regulatory…
Recognition for our work
They have excellent strength in depth. They're very good at partner level and they have a good team of senior associates and associates behind them. They're definitely one of our top picks.
Chambers UK 2020
It surpasses all of the other firms we have used in terms of client service, responsiveness, commerciality and value for money.
Chambers UK 2020
Probably one of the top three firms in the UK for capital markets advice.
Legal 500 UK 2020
Very well organized team with exceptional market insight - capable of delivering creative yet executable solutions.
Legal 500 UK 2020