Laura Sizemore

Partner, London

Biography

“extremely proactive, a creative problem solver and always demonstrates a positive attitude and natural leadership skills.”
Chambers Global, 2018

Overview

Laura Sizemore is a partner in the Firm's Capital Markets group in London and serves as head of the Firm's Capital Markets Section in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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

IPO/Listing of CTP
Laura represented CTP, the largest full-service owner-developer of logistics parks in CEE, on its US$1.1 billion IPO on Euronext Amsterdam.

IPO/Listing of BinDawood
Laura represented Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, GIB Capital and NCB Capital on the US$585 million IPO of BinDawood on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).

Placing and placing and open offer/De La Rue
Laura represented Rothschild & Co, Investec, Barclays and Numis on De La Rue's £100 million equity raise by way of a firm placing and placing and open offer.

Rights Issue/Mitie
Laura represented Jefferies, J.P. Morgan, Barclays and Santander on Mitie’s £201 million rights issue.

IPO/Finablr
Laura represented the consortium of banks led by Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the £306 million IPO and LSE listing of Finablr.

IPO/Arion Bank
Laura represented Arion Bank as issuer in connection with its US$319 million initial public offering and listing of its ordinary shares on NASDAQ Iceland and Swedish depository receipts representing its ordinary shares on NASDAQ Stockholm.

IPO/Listing of Energean Oil & Gas
Laura represented Energean Oil & Gas plc on its £330 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

IPO/Listing of Enerjisa Enerji A.S.
Laura represented Enerjisa Enerji A.S. on its US$395 million IPO on Borsa Istanbul.

IPO/Listing of Alfa Financial Software Holdings
Laura represented Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC on its £277 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

IPO/Listing of Mavi Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
Laura represented Goldman Sachs International, Merrill Lynch International and İş Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. on the US$288 million IPO and listing on Borsa İstanbul of Mavi Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. It was the largest IPO in Turkey since 2010.

IPO/Listing of Prosegur Cash, S.A.
Laura represented Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs International, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. and Banco Santander, S.A. on the €825 million IPO and listing on the BME of Prosegur Cash, S.A.

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.

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.

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 and Recognition

Best in Equity Capital Markets - Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2019

Leading Individual, Legal 500 2020
Capital Markets: Equity – UK

Recommended Lawyer, Chambers UK 2019
Capital Markets: Equity – UK

Expert Based Abroad, Chambers Global 2019
Capital Markets – Turkey