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6 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Linklaters has been named lea…

6 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Linklaters has been named leading European debt and equity manager legal advisor in Thomson Financial’s first European debt and equity capital markets league tables for the first quarter of 2005.

Linklaters advised on 84 debt issues valued at US$ 54 billion and 43 equity and equity related issues valued at US$ 5 billion. Linklaters also topped the following debt and equity categories by both volume of issues and value:

All Investment Grade Manager Legal Advisors (debt)
All EMEA Equity & Eq.related Issuer Legal Advisors (equity)
All EMEA Convertibles Issuer Legal Advisors (equity)
All EMEA Common Stock Manager Legal Advisors (equity)
All EMEA IPO’s Manager Legal Advisors (equity)
All EMEA Convertibles Manager Legal Advisors (equity)

Nick Eastwell, global head of capital markets, said:

“These results confirm the fact that the Linklaters capital markets practice is at the forefront of the market, advising on high-profile and ground-breaking deals globally. At a time of increased activity in the new issue market for equity and with a new EU listing regime about to impact upon the Eurobond market, it is vital that underwriters and issuers are able to rely on experienced, commercial and practical legal advice. We are delighted that we are the leading source of such advice and will continue to help our clients close their transactions as the year progresses.”

European deals that Linklaters advised on in the first quarter of 2005 include:

The ground-breaking debut issue by Banco Itau under the Swiss Stock Exchanges ne w Eurobond listing regime; advising on major Dutch equity offering of EUR 2.52 billion by ABN AMRO Holding; the global offering, private placement and listing of RHJ International SA/NV on Euronext Brussels; the first post-accession Eurobond offering by the Republic of Lithuania of EUR 600 million; the secured loan refinancing of a mortgage-backed securitisation for the Belgium based Eastbridge Group valued at EUR 74 million; the securitisation of a portion of Greene King’s managed and tenanted pub estate, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, valued at £600 million.

For further information, please contact: Tasneem Watson on +44 20 7456 4397 or tasneem.watson@linklaters.com or Sarah Peters on +44 20 7456 2153 or sarah.peters@linklaters.com

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