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About Doug Smith

Doug is a partner in our global transactions group and co-head of our international capital markets practice.

He advises sponsors, underwriters and issuers on capital markets transactions ranging from initial public offerings, secondary offerings and private placements to high-yield, emerging market and investment-grade bond offerings, debt issuance programmes and liability management exercises. Doug also advises on the US aspects and financing of cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

A New York-qualified lawyer, Doug has practiced in London since 2003 and delivers deal solutions with an integrated US and international approach.

Recent work

  • Advising Transnet, the state-owned operator, owner and custodian of the Republic of South Africa’s railway, ports and pipeline infrastructure on its US$1 billion bond offering. 
  • Advising MHP, a leading international agro-industrial company headquartered in Ukraine, on its bond offerings and liability management activities. 
  • Advising Salik, Dubai's road toll operator, on its IPO on the Dubai Financial Market.
  • Advising Elopak, a leading global supplier of carton packaging and filling equipment, on its IPO on the Oslo Børs. 
  • Advising Pepco Group, the pan-European discount retailer, on its IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
  • Advising on the London IPOs of Pod Point, Deliveroo, Darktrace, Dr. Martens, Trainline, Funding Circle, Convatec and Vivo Energy (among others).



  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD (Magna cum laude)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to practice in New York