Laura Sizemore | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Laura Sizemore

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 1340

T +44 7720 341 214 (UK mobile)

T +90 532 421 2415 (Turkey mobile)

E lsizemore@whitecase.com

“Laura is fantastic - extremely easy to deal with and very pragmatic. She is an experienced capital markets lawyer with a focus on international work.”

Chambers Global: UK 2016

Overview

Laura is widely recognised by legal directories as a leading international capital markets, and banking and finance practitioner.

She offers clients the benefit of her considerable experience representing issuers, underwriters and other participants in US registered public offerings, US offerings under Rule 144A, and offerings outside the United States under Regulation S and private placements.

Clients also look to Laura for her significant track record handling emerging markets securities offerings, including listings on one or more securities exchanges. Adept at navigating the cross-border complexities of large-scale, international transactions, she has been involved in a number of high-profile and ground-breaking deals in Turkey, including the initial public offering of Türk Telekomünikasyon, the largest ever IPO in Turkey.

A significant portion of Laura's practice is also devoted to advising both US and non-US issuers that are public companies in the United States on their disclosure obligations under the US federal securities laws, as well as their compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.

Laura regularly assists US and non-US issuers in the preparation of annual reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and helps non-US issuers to establish American Depositary Receipt programs.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD/LLM, (International and Comparative Law), Duke University School of Law
  • Davidson College

Languages

  • English

Experience

Share placement in BT Group Ltd.

Laura represented J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Merrill Lynch International and Goldman Sachs International as placing agents in the £1 billion placing of ordinary shares in BT Group plc, in connection with its proposed £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, the leading mobile network operator in the UK, from Deutsche Telekom and Orange.

Newmont Mining Corporation debt securities offering

Laura represented Newmont Mining Corporation, a NYSE-listed Fortune 500 gold producer with operations on five continents, in its US$2.5 billion public offering of debt securities.

ABB Ltd. shares listing/ capital markets transactions

Laura represented ABB Ltd., one of the world's leading power and automation technology companies, regarding the listing of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as various capital markets transactions.

Coca-Cola İcecek A.Ş. IPO/ listing

Laura represented Coca-Cola İcecek A.Ş., the bottling company operating in Southern Eurasia and the Middle East, in its TRY420 million initial public offering and listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

IPO/ Listing of Koza Altın İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Laura represented Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd., as joint global coordinators, and Ak Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. and İş Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş., as joint domestic coordinators, in the initial public offering and Istanbul Stock Exchange listing of Koza Altın İşletmeleri A.Ş., a leading Turkish gold mining company.

IPO/ Listing of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.

Laura represented Deutsche Bank and Garanti Securities as joint global coordinators in the initial public offering and Istanbul Stock Exchange listing of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş., the leading integrated telecommunications operator in Turkey. The offering, which raised approximately US $1.9 billion, was the largest-ever Turkish IPO.

IPO/ Listing of Pegasus Airlines

Laura represented Pegasus Hava Taşımacılığı A.Ş. (Pegasus Airlines) and its majority shareholder Esas Holding A.Ş. in the initial public offering and listing on Borsa Istanbul (the Istanbul Stock Exchange) of Pegasus Airlines. Pegasus is the leading Turkish low-cost airline and the second-largest airline in Turkey in terms of passenger numbers. Barclays acted as sole global coordinator and joint bookrunner and İş Yatırım acted as domestic coordinator and joint bookrunner.

IPO/ Listing, Aksa Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

Laura represented Aksa Enerji Üretim A.Ş., the largest independent power producer in Turkey in terms of installed capacity and electricity generation, in its initial public offering and listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Debt shelf program registration, Goldman Sachs International

Laura represented Goldman Sachs International in connection with the registration of its TRY1.5 billion debt shelf program in Turkey.

Sale of Shares in Migros Ticaret A.Ş.

Laura represented J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd. and Merrill Lynch International in BC Partners' partial sale of its shares in Migros Ticaret A.Ş., a Turkish retail store operator listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange, by way of accelerated bookbuilding for a value of TRY775 million.

IPO/ Listing of Emlak Konut Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.

Laura represented Emlak Konut Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. in its €539 million initial public offering and listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Emlak Konut is Turkey's largest real estate investment trust in terms of portfolio value, and its IPO was the largest IPO in Turkey since the Türk Telekom offering mentioned above. UniCredit acted as global coordinator and international bookrunner, and TSKB acted as global coordinator and domestic bookrunner.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2014

Capital Markets: Equity - UK

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2014

Capital Markets: Debt – UK

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2014

Capital Markets – Turkey

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2013

Banking and Finance: International – Turkey

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2013

Banking and Finance: Foreign - Turkey

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 2010

US Equity Capital Markets