White & Case partner Melissa Butler was named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100—Finance List. Butler is a partner in London in the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice. She has experience representing public and private issuers and underwriters in offerings in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A, and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S and SEC-registered equity offerings.
As noted in The Lawyer, she "spent 2014 advising on several groundbreaking deals in sub-Saharan Africa." The Lawyer added that she has been "instrumental in growing the firm’s Africa practice," having advised "on every public bond by a Nigerian financial institution since 2007" and in 2014 "advised on the country’s issuance of Global Depository Notes (GDN), which was the first ever distribution of local bonds in that form by any African nation. The issuance of GDNs will make for easier foreign investment in Nigerian businesses, in accordance with government strategy."
"Standout deals" cited by The Lawyer that Butler worked on include "establishing a billion-dollar Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) Programme for Zenith and Access Banks, and advising on Zambia’s $1bn sovereign bond issue," as well as advising "Namibia on its debut sovereign bond and Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs in relation to their involvement in establishing a billion-dollar GMTN programme."
In its profile of her, The Lawyer concluded, "As Africa remains a focus for many firms, Butler’s pipeline will remain packed with deals."