Capital Markets


Finding financing options that match your business’s unique needs can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Michael Best’s Capital Markets team acts a strategic partner to companies in all phases—and all roles—of the financing process. We represent companies seeking capital, as well as financial institutions, other investors, and investment advisors.

Our interdisciplinary team provides cost-effective, practical, responsive advice on capital markets and securities transactions. We take a holistic, collaborative approach to offer comprehensive representation in complex financing, drawing on Michael Best’s full range of practices including tax, environmental, bankruptcy, intellectual property, wealth planning, and ERISA law. Closing a financing deal isn’t an ending; it’s a new beginning. Clients also count on our attorneys for ongoing service in matters including securities reporting, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, investigations, and litigation.

We represent clients in many industries, from startups to global Fortune 500 companies. That diverse experience, along with our strong relationships throughout the financial industry, gives us the understanding and perspective to collaborate efficiently with other key deal participants. Michael Best goes beyond deal-making to help you build the relationships that build your business.

Broker Dealer / Investment Adviser

For broker-dealers and their affiliates, fast-moving markets and stringent regulations are a fact of life. Robust, comprehensive compliance strategies are essential to regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and revenue generation. Our services focus not only on helping you analyze, design, implement, and defend compliance programs, but also on the full scope of your mission—serving as an extension of your business.

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Debt Capital Markets

Michael Best’s sophisticated and multifaceted Debt Capital Markets practice serves clients in a wide variety of transactions and industries, offering extensive skills and knowledge in the U.S. and international debt markets. 

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We advise dealers and end users on a full range of derivative products throughout the entire derivatives lifecycle, from the structuring and documenting of transactions to enforcement.We also offer special service packages for certain types of transactions, including high-volume loan amendment and documentation services.

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When organizations enter into relationships with lenders and other business partners, the terms of those agreements are critical and often complex. Michael Best provides guidance for mutually beneficial relationships across the entire spectrum of finance options.

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Our Securities team advises public as well as private companies in securities offerings and private placements. For publicly traded companies, we handle a full range of securities reporting and compliance matters, M&A transactions, and securities litigation. In addition, we provide counsel on broker-dealer and investment adviser regulatory issues. Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Public & Private Company Financings
  • Public Company Reporting & Compliance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Broker-Dealer/FINRA Matters
  • Investment Adviser
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Derivatives

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