Dr. Achim Herfs

Achim Herfs is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Achim directly using the contact details listed above.

Achim is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, he was a partner in the Munich and Frankfurt offices of Hengeler Mueller.

He advises listed companies on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as corporations and their bodies on general capital markets and stock corporation law, including the support of general meetings, and internal investigations. Furthermore, Achim Herfs advises issuers and banks on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, share placements without pre-emptive rights and block trades, as well as the issuance of convertible bonds and high yield bonds.

He is a lecturer for corporate and capital markets law at the University of Augsburg and is frequently published on his area of law in journals and textbooks.

Achim Herfs is listed as a leading senior partner for corporate law in the 2020/2021 edition of JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms. He is also honoured as “Lawyer of the Year” for capital markets in Germany by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2019. IFLR1000 recognises Achim in its 2021 Financial and Corporate Guide as a highly regarded lawyer for capital markets, M&A and private equity. In addition, he is listed in WirtschaftsWoche as one of the most renowned lawyers for corporate law and M&A in 2020. FINANCE ranks Achim as one of the top 10 dealmakers 2020 in Germany and Chambers Global as well as Chambers Europe recommend him for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability in 2021.

Firm Overview:

Attorneys in our Munich office have counselled clients in Germany, Europe and globally on sophisticated transactions for nearly 15 years. Working from our office in the city’s historic centre, our team of nearly 40 attorneys handles private equity/M&A, capital markets, debt finance and tax matters, and advises on all aspects of domestic and cross-border insolvencies and financial restructurings. Our Munich team is fully integrated with our practices in London, the U.S. and Asia, giving clients access to Kirkland’s diversified, international resources. Our attorneys in Munich are all German-qualified lawyers and fluent in both German and English, with significant experience abroad.

Cathy A. Birkeland

Cathy Birkeland is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cathy directly using the contact details listed above.

Cathy, Chicago Office Managing Partner and former Global Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice, helps issuers, underwriters, and investors execute successful capital markets transactions, and advises public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and securities law matters.

For more than two decades, Cathy has advised clients on a broad array of capital markets transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings (IPO)
  • Dual track IPO/M&A processes
  • Spin-off transactions
  • Follow-on offerings
  • Block trades
  • ATM programs

Cathy advises public and private companies of all sizes across the globe, including Fortune 500 companies, emerging growth companies, investment banking firms, investors, and private equity firms. She has experience with numerous industries, including technology, hospitality, REITs, consumer retail, financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

When counselling public companies and their boards of directors, she draws on her insights into the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and regulatory processes to advise on:

  • ’34 Act reporting
  • Complex disclosure requirements
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • NYSE/Nasdaq listing
  • Securities regulation
  • Tender offers
  • Consent solicitations
  • Private placements
  • Rule 144
  • Section 16
  • Share repurchase programs
  • 10b5-1 trading plans
  • Financial reporting

Highly regarded by clients and peers, Cathy has been named as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business, which recognised her as a “first-rate capital markets lawyer.” The Chicago Business Journal also named Cathy to its 2018 Women of Influence list.

She regularly speaks on capital markets and corporate governance matters at industry conferences. She serves on the Executive Committee of the annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law Institute, sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Antonia Severin

Antonia Severin is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Sweden on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Antonia directly using the contact details listed above.

Antonia is an associate in our Capital Markets practice in Stockholm and joined White & Case in 2020. Prior to joining White & Case, Antonia studied Law at Stockholm University and at Fundação Getulio Vargas and worked as an associate at a Big Four firm.

Representation of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj on the voluntary recommended public cash tender offer made by a Bain Capital lead consortium formed by (BC) Lux Holdco S.à r.l. (a vehicle owned and controlled by funds managed or advised by Bain Capital Private Equity (Europe), LLP, and/or its affiliates), Ahlstrom Invest B.V (an indirect subsidiary of Ahlström Capital Oy), Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy, for all the issued and outstanding shares in Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. The tender offer values Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s total equity at approximately EUR 2.1 billion. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in innovative and sustainable fiber-based materials and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Nasdaq Stockholm.

Firm Overview:

Truly Global

White & Case is an international law firm that serves companies, governments and financial institutions. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

Dr. iur. Michael Oberhuber, LL.M.

Michael Oberhuber is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Liechtenstein on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

A special focus of our work is put on issues of the capital market regarding public and private law. We advise and represent banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers in all aspects of their activities and in all corporate processes, in particular, in compliance matters and in matters relating to insider trading and the prevention of money laundering. This includes helping with the formation and obtaining the necessary licenses. We have in-depth experience in transactions involving investments in financial service companies.

Firm Overview:

Marxer & Partner – The Oldest and Largest Law Firm in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Founded in 1925, the law firm Marxer & Partner with thirteen partners, a permanent consultant, twelve legal staff, four of counsels and another approximately fifty professionals provides comprehensive legal advice and support in all areas of private law and public law, including tax and criminal law.

Shunsuke Aoki

Shunsuke Aoki is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shunsuke directly using the contact details listed above.

Shunsuke has been engaged in a broad range of matters including equity and debt offerings in both domestic and international capital markets, FinTech matters, financial regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, capital and business alliances, and other general corporate matters.

Capitalising on his two-year stint with one of Japan’s leading securities houses, Shunsuke regularly advises on matters relating to offerings of traditional securities as well as financial instruments using innovative technologies such as blockchain, with recent particular focus on security token offerings (STOs).

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has one of the premier capital markets practices in Japan, encompassing all aspects of global and domestic debt and equity offerings by Japanese issuers and offerings into the Japanese market by international issuers. We also provide consultation, advice, and continuous disclosure services in relation to capital markets.

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

Valerie Ford Jacob

Valerie Ford Jacob is co-head of our global financial institutions sector group and co-head of our global capital markets practice. Valerie focuses on capital raising, including both debt and equity in the public and private markets, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She also counsels corporations and special committees on corporate governance, securities regulation and investigations.

Before joining Freshfields, Valerie was the Chairperson at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

She is a frequent contributor to legal and other periodicals on securities laws and financing topics. Valerie is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, IFLR, The Legal 500 United States and Best Lawyers.

Valerie co-led the Freshfields team that was honored as Transatlantic Private Equity Team of the Year by Legal Week and The American Lawyer for its cross-border work advising Formula One (F1) and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of F1 to Liberty Media. She was named to the Law Dragon 500 Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also honored as a Woman Worth Watching in the 2016 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal and the 2017 Expert Guide to Women in Business Law, a peer-ranked list of female experts in various divisions of business law.

Described by clients as “a legend in the business,” Valerie was named Finance Lawyer of the Year at Chambers USA’s 2012 Women in Law Awards.

She also is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. IFLR 1000 recently named Valerie a Leading Lawyer.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.