Senior US partner to join capital markets practice in London

03 Jul 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons is expanding its capital markets practice with the addition of US capital markets partner* Chris Walton who will be based in the corporate team in London.

Chris will join the firm on 01 September 2017 having previously been a partner at Clifford Chance in London for over 16 years. Chris advises on a wide range of equity and debt capital markets and other corporate finance transactions in the EMEA region. He has represented corporate issuers and selling securityholders in U.S. and international securities offerings as well as the major U.S. and international investment banking firms acting as underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Chris has extensive experience with SEC-registered, Rule 144A and traditional private placement securities offerings. He also advises corporate and financial institution clients on an extensive range of US securities law matters, including in connection with merger and acquisition, debt restructuring, liability management and other transactions.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Curtis, international head of corporate & commercial at the firm, said: “Chris is another significant appointment to our capital markets team, and his experience will further expand the team’s US capability. As a senior and highly regarded US partner, Chris will play a key role in the further growth of our capital markets practice in London and internationally. We are looking forward to Chris coming on board.’’

Chris Horton, head of the equity capital markets team at Simmons & Simmons, added: ''An ability to provide fully integrated US securities law advice of the highest quality has been key to continuously securing the best international equity capital markets mandates. We are delighted Chris will be joining us in our growing international capital markets team in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East.''

Chris Walton added: “I am delighted to be joining the strong and growing capital markets practice at Simmons & Simmons, and look forward to working with the team to build on the existing momentum and further drive the development of the practice in the UK and internationally.”

The arrival of Chris to the team evidences the firm’s strategic focus and continued investment in its equity capital markets capability and provides additional depth and breadth to our corporate client offering. This follows on from the recent capital markets appointments of Jonathan Mellor joining from Allen & Overy and Simon Ovenden joining from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which added to the firm’s strong existing equity capital markets and debt capital markets practices.

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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