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Mike Bienenfeld

Corporate and Capital Markets Partner, London

“I am a U.S. lawyer specialising in equity and debt capital markets and cross-border M&A. With 20 years of experience in the London market, covering deals for corporates, investment banks and governments across Europe, South Africa and India, I am able to combine my long-standing expertise in the U.S. federal securities laws with extensive knowledge of these markets.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Based in the firm’s London office, Mike is a U.S. partner with over 20 years of experience advising on equity and debt capital markets, cross-border M&A and SEC compliance. He has advised on transactions for some of the world’s largest companies, including transformational M&A and IPOs on the London, New York, Amsterdam, Dublin, Johannesburg, Stockholm, Brussels and Ljubljana stock exchanges, as well as secondary offerings, rights issues and debt capital markets transactions.

Mike spent a year on secondment to Vodafone Group Plc, where he advised the treasury team on all their corporate finance matters and their co-sec team on matters of risk and corporate governance. Mike also spent a year in the firm’s São Paulo office, where he worked on a range of debt capital markets transactions.

Work highlights

Mike’s experience includes advising:

  • Allied Irish Banks on their €3.4bn IPO on the London and Dublin Stock Exchanges, and on the establishment of their US$10bn US MTN Program
  • on the IPOs of Biffa, ConvaTec, Just Eat and Ophir Energy on the London Stock Exchange
  • Com Hem on their US$3.2bn SEC registered merger with Tele2
  • Shurgard on their €575mn IPO and listing on Euronext Brussels
  • on the IPOs of Steinhoff Africa Retail and Libstar and their listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Brookfield on their £2.6bn acquisition of Canary Wharf       
  • Capita on their £700mn right issue
  • Mondi on the simplification of their corporate structure and Unilever on their proposed simplification 
  • Vodafone Group Plc on all their SEC registered US public bond offerings
  • McKesson, the largest U.S. drug distributor, on its US$8.6bn acquisition of Celesio, a German healthcare and pharmaceutical company 
  • the underwriters on the SEK 4.1bn IPO of Resurs Bank on Nasdaq Stockholm
  • ArcelorMittal on the €3.2bn spin-off and listing of its stainless and speciality steel businesses, Aperam, on the Luxembourg, Paris and Amsterdam Stock Exchanges 
  • RBS on its €71bn acquisition of ABN AMRO, its £12bn rights offer and its subsequent recapitalisation by the UK Government

Professional experience

Mike is a trustee of Validity, an international human rights organisation that uses the law to secure equality, inclusion and justice for people with mental disabilities worldwide.

Education and qualifications

Mike completed his B.A. at Dartmouth College and J.D. at Columbia Law School.