Wayne James Rapozo

International minded dual US and UK national, highly regarded for his work on corporate and finance transactions and investment management regulation on both sides of the pond. Advises on public and private offerings, cross border M&A and related corporate governance and regulatory matters. Wayne is qualified as a solicitor in both Ireland and the UK, as well as an experienced attorney in the US.

What we say about Wayne

Wayne J. Rapozo has broad experience in corporate and finance law matters and advises on transactions, compliance, and corporate governance as part of his practice.  He has significant experience in working with companies controlled by private equity houses, investment funds, government agencies, and sovereign wealth funds.  He acts for or opposite investment funds across a range of transactions and sectors. He also works for or opposite investment banks, across the range of product areas, including offerings of shares, ADRs, GDRs, securitisations, hybrid securities; public M&A mandates and restructurings. He has worked in the New York, London, and Hong Kong offices of international law firms on transactions worldwide.

His areas of practice cover international capital markets; hedge fund and private equity investments; cross-border acquisitions involving both public and private companies; and leveraged finance transactions with an emphasis on high yield offerings, complex debt structures, structured finance, mezzanine finance and restructurings.  He often advises leveraged companies, state controlled enterprises, investments funds, and entrepreneurs preparing for an initial public offering, an acquisition, a disposition or another strategic transaction on matters such as internal corporate and tax structuring.

In connection with public companies and investment funds, he advises on compliance, disclosure practices, governance, finance regulation and their legal and accounting staffing needs to meet legal duties and best practices associated with a public company.  With established companies, he advises on restructurings, split-offs and spin-offs, refinancings, acquisitions, and special regulatory projects where outside counsel is brought in to assist internal counsel and the finance department in conducting audits and internal investigations. He also advises on consensual and contentious restructurings, including covenant resets, exchange offers, debt-equity swaps, rights offerings and negotiated refinancings, and he works with public companies managing disclosure and corporate governance in crisis situations.

He has worked with companies in a range of industries, notably in biotech and technology where IT and patents are important business and legal considerations; and in energy, mining, infrastructure and finance industries, where regulatory issues and complex debt solutions are important considerations.

He has a J.D in Law from New York University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii. He is active with trade associations involving finance and investment funds in London.

Wayne is also active with pro bono matters and civic associations associated with cultural and historic preservation and is an avid art collector of the drawings of the old and modern masters.

What others say about Wayne

Wayne is ranked as a leading practitioner for debt and equity capital markets in The Legal 500 and for high yield debt with Chambers UK.

Wayne is a frequent speaker on panels for seminars, conferences and other industry events sponsored by finance trade associations and financial players on matters relating to corporate finance, capital markets and investment management. He has recently spoken on panels sponsored by The London Forum for US Securities Law and the Association of Financial Markets in Europe.