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Abigail C. Smith

Washington, D.C.

Abigail C. Smith

Clients rely on Abigail C. Smith to advise on a wide range of securities offerings. She helps public companies and foreign private issuers with corporate governance and ongoing disclosure obligations under U.S. federal securities laws. Her experience includes public and private U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.

Her equity offering experience includes common and preferred equity. Her debt offering experience includes investment grade and high-yield bonds, as well as structured notes and covered bonds. Her hybrid securities offering experience includes convertible notes, preferred shares, and capital notes.

She advises on securities offerings registered with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and on exempt offerings and securities, including traditional private placements in transactions exempt under Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 144A, Regulation S and Regulation D, and freely-tradable securities under Section 3 exemptions.

She regularly represents both issuers and leading global and U.S. investment banks. She has represented JOBS Act Emerging Growth Companies in initial public offerings and worked with issuers in a number of industries, particularly in real estate, lodging, and financial services.

Her issuers and securities have been listed in the United States on the NYSE and NASDAQ and on exchanges in Europe, including on Regulated Markets in Prospectus Directive-compliance offerings. Her practice has included sovereign bonds and guarantees and involved a wide variety of jurisdictions. She has issued securities denominated in a variety of currencies.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Abigail worked in the London office of another international law firm as part of a team recognized in the legal trade publication, The Legal 500 UK 2010, as “excellent” and “highly efficient with a practical solutions-based approach.”

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2006
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
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