Sina R. Hekmat

'Sina Hekmat is an excellent specialist in global offerings. He is available at short notice, replies instantly and offers great support to his clients during global offerings.'

Client quoted in Legal 500 US 2022

Sina Hekmat has nearly 30 years of experience advising clients on cross-border transactions. His particular focus includes sophisticated corporate, securities, and business transactions, with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Sina's fluency in a number of languages, deep experience with diverse cultures, and admission to bars in multiple jurisdictions make him uniquely suited to the needs of the firm’s international clientele. He represents underwriters, issuers, and shareholders in U.S., European, and global public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, specifically in the automotive, telecommunications, software, energy, and financial services industries. He also advises issuers and underwriters in U.S.-registered and European Prospectus Regulation-approved sovereign, investment grade, and high-yield debt offerings, and represents global investment firms in transactions involving asset-backed securities, derivatives, and other structured finance products.

Sina also advises strategic and financial acquirers as well as sellers and target companies in a number of U.S., European, and global mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes tender offers, exchange offers, and hostile takeovers of publicly traded companies, as well as acquisitions (including management and/or leveraged buyouts) and dispositions (including auction sale) of business units and divisions. He represents multinational corporations in connection with cross-border joint ventures, and advises various investment firms with acquisitions and dispositions of distressed assets and non-performing loans, real estate portfolios, and portfolio companies.

From 2016 until 2019, Sina was a lecturer at the postgraduate program Executive Master of European and International Business Law (E.M.B.L.-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

Awards and recognitions

2021-2022

Finance: Capital Markets: Global Offerings, Recommended
Legal 500 US

2021-2022

Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, Recommended
Legal 500 US

2013, 2020, 2022

Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, Recommended
Legal 500 US

2018-2019

Capital Markets: Debt Capital Markets
Legal 500 EMEA

2014

Corporate/M&A (Germany)
Chambers Global

2014

Corporate/M&A (USA)
Chambers Global

2014

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (USA)
Chambers Global

2014

Equity Capital Markets
Legal 500 Deutschland

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1993

M.B.A., Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, 1993

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude, 1989

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

District of Columbia

California

Texas

Frankfurt

Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor, Republic of Ireland

Representative experience

Managers' counsel in over 300 European and U.S. public offerings and private placements of over US$100bn in debt securities by a German issuer.

Issuer's counsel in €500m high-yield debt offering by a U.S. automotive finance company under its Euro Medium Term Note program.

Issuer's counsel in connection with initial public offering of an Eastern European natural gas company.

Issuer's counsel in connection with multiple Rule 144A debt offerings by a Latin American oil company.

Counsel to bidder in issuance of tender offer for approximately US$250m in debt securities of a Latin American natural resources company.

Counsel to a Latin American company in the purchase of an electric energy transmission services business from a U.S. publicly traded company.

Counsel to a U.S. publicly traded software company in the cross-border sale of a business unit.

Counsel to a global investment firm in connection with multiple debt and equity investments in a number of Latin American financial institutions.

Counsel to a conglomerate of investment firms in connection with financing of a Latin American infrastructure project in the form of debt and equity securities.

Counsel to a U.S. private equity firm in connection with the financing of a Latin American aviation company.

Counsel to selling shareholders in connection with an IPO by a Latin American logistics company.

Counsel to selling shareholders in connection with a follow-on equity offering by a Latin American financial institution.

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