25 October – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Linklaters has again re…

25 October – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Linklaters has again reaffirmed its position as one of the world’s leading capital markets legal advisers in Thomson Financial’s debt and equity capital markets league tables for the third quarter of 2005.

For the third quarter running, Linklaters has been named leading debt and equity manager legal advisers, having advised on 201 issues valued at US $125.9bn and 41 equity and equity related issues valued at US$21.6bn.

Linklaters also topped the following debt and equity categories by value of issue:

· All Investment Grade Manager Legal Advisors (debt)

· All International CDO’s Manager Legal Advisers (debt)

· All EMEA Equity & Equity related Issuer Legal Advisors (equity)

· All EMEA Convertibles Issuer Legal Advisors (equity)

· All EMEA Common Stock Manager Legal Advisors (equity)

· All EMEA IPOs Manager Legal Advisors (equity)

· All EMEA Convertibles Manager Legal Advisors (equity).

Linklaters has also recently ranked top as Global and EMEA IPO manager adviser in Bloomberg’s Q3 Legal Advisor League Tables for ECM, completing 12 global IPOs valued at US$12bn.

Nick Eastwell, global head of capital markets, said:

“We are once again extremely pleased to have been involved in a number of the major capital markets deals over the last quarter, such as the initial public offering of Polish natural gas exploration and production company, PGNiG, which was the largest and most successful IPO ever to have taken place in Poland.

“With markets active everywhere, our global coverage, particularly in Europe, Central Europe and the emerging markets, has allowed us to advise on a number of high-profile and ground-breaking transactions in many different jurisdictions. This is confirmed by our leading position in both Thomson Financial’s and Bloomberg’s league tables. We are confident we will continue to be at the forefront of the market and will further enhance our position as the leading capital markets advisers.”

European deals that Linklaters advised on in the third quarter of 2005 include: the initial public offering of Gaz de France which was the largest IPO in the world for three years; the Petrofac Limited IPO; the first Slovakian international IPO for SkyEurope; and the establishment of HSH Nordbank’s EUR15bn debt issuance programme.

For further information, please contact: Elecia Churchill on +44 20 7456 5419 or [email protected] or Sarah Peters on +44 20 7456 2153 or [email protected]

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