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Luis Roth

Capital Markets Partner, Paris

“I advise European issuers, shareholders and their financial advisors in selling securities internationally and particularly to US investors. I am a pragmatic and hands-on lawyer focused on helping clients meet their financing objectives in compliance with US and other law.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Luis is a respected debt and equity practitioner who has been based in Linklaters’ Paris office since 2001.

He specialises in offerings by foreign private and sovereign issuers, whether registered with the SEC or conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.

He often advises issuers and underwriters in French, Spanish and Italian equity offerings (IPOs, rights offerings, block trades) and debt transactions (high yield, Yankee bonds, MTNs and commercial paper). He also has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and structured finance.

He is recognised as a leading lawyer by legal directories, with clients saying:

  • "He is excellent: a meticulous, problem-solving lawyer."
  • "He's hands-on and I trust his judgement. He has good business judgement and doesn't just offer legal advice."
  • He is "great at preventing problems in a non-confrontational manner."
  • Technically strong" practice head Luis Roth is "very good with clients in navigating complex financial transactions

Work highlights

Luis has advised on a wide range of finance transactions. These include advising:

  • CGG in its debt restructuring involving a safeguard proceeding in France and chapter 11 and chapter 15 proceedings in the US
  • the underwriters in Air Liquide’s rights offering, inaugural Yankee bond offering and Eurobond offering to finance the acquisition of Airgas
  • Pirelli in its IPO on the Borsa Italiana
  • Telepizza in its IPO on the Spanish Stock Exchanges
  • Solvay in its rights offering, inaugural Yankee bond offering and Eurobond offering to finance the acquisition of Cytec
  • Société Générale in numerous US offerings of bonds and regulatory capital instruments
  • Holcim in the US securities aspects of its combination with Lafarge
  • the underwriters in initial Yankee bond offerings by Danone and Schneider Electric
  • Air France in the SEC and NYSE aspects of its combination with KLM

Professional experience

Luis heads the Paris capital markets practice and works frequently with Linklaters lawyers in Madrid, Milan, Brussels and elsewhere in the network.

 

Outside of work, Luis is the chairman of the board of the American Library in Paris and a member of the vestry of the American Cathedral of Paris. He previously led the Yale Club of France.

Education and qualifications

Luis was graduated cum laude from Yale College with a degree in Economics before obtaining his law degree (JD) from Columbia University School of Law.

 

He speaks English, Spanish, French and German.