Sina R. Hekmat

"He is very responsive and very dedicated to his client's work; he knows very well the peculiarities of their businesses."

Chambers Global 2014

Sina Hekmat has nearly a quarter century 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 ability to converse in multiple languages benefits his 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 Directive-approved sovereign, investment grade, and high-yield debt offerings, and represents clients 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.

Since 2016, Sina has been 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


Finance: Capital Markets: Debt, Recommended
Legal 500 US


Capital Markets: Debt Capital Markets
Legal 500 EMEA


Germany, Corporate/M&A
Chambers Global


USA, Corporate/M&A
Chambers Global


USA, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Chambers Global


Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
Legal 500 US


Equity Capital Markets
Legal 500 Deutschland

Education and admissions


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

Solicitor, England and Wales

Frankfurt (as European attorney)

District of Columbia



Representative experience

Underwriters' counsel in connection with 25 U.S. registered public offerings of over US$30bn in debt securities by two European sovereign issuers.

Managers' counsel in over 175 European and U.S. public offerings and private placements of over US$50bn 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.

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