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John O'Connor

Of Counsel

John O'Connor

Of Counsel
London +44-20-7959-8900+44-20-7959-8900 +44-20-7959-8950+44-20-7959-8950
[email protected]

John O’Connor’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of European and U.S. clients in a variety of sectors on matters involving a range of practice areas, including:

  • Securities
  • Corporate Governance
  • Structured Finance
  • Financial Institutions

John has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters on equity and debt offerings, both SEC-registered and exempt (including under Rule 144A), and has advised on capital securities issuances and numerous rights issues and initial public offerings, including in the form of securities offerings, demergers, spin-offs and privatisations.

In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. O’Connor regularly advises European clients on general corporate matters, including the preparation of annual and other periodic reports, and on issues arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other U.S. laws.

Prior to relocating to London, Mr. O’Connor practiced in the Firm’s New York, Paris and Melbourne offices.


  • ​Standard Chartered on its $1 billion 1.319% Fixed Rate Reset Notes and $500 million Floating Rate Notes
  • NatWest Group on the disposal of its shareholding in Danaos Corporation in an off-market privately negotiated share sale to Danaos
  • BPER Banca S.p.A. on its €800 million rights offering pursuant to Rule 144A / Reg S to fund the acquisition of over 500 bank branches from Intesa SanPaolo
  • Standard Chartered PLC on its $2 billion 2.819% Fixed-to-Floating Rates Notes due 2026 pursuant to Rule 144a/Reg S (2020)
  • Royal Philips on its inaugural Green Innovation Bond in the form of €750,000,000 0.500% notes due 2026 (2019)
  • Bank of Ireland Group plc on its senior unsecured notes offering of $500 million at 4.500% due 2023 pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S and listing on the Irish Stock Exchange (2018)
  • Carel Industries S.p.A on its €297 million IPO (2018)
  • Enel on its $3 billion and $5 billion 144A/Reg S bond offerings (2017)
  • Barclays
    on its £2.224 billion private placement of ordinary shares in Barclays Africa Group Limited (2017)
    12.2% interest in its subsidiary Barclays Africa Group Limited for £603 million (2016)
    $5 billion SEC-registered offering of notes and listing on New York Stock Exchange (2017)
    $1.25 billion offering of subordinated tier 2 notes (2016)
    $1.0 billion SEC-registered senior notes offering (2015)
    $3 billion SEC-registered global bonds offering (2015)
    $6.5 billion exchange offer of new $, £ and € perpetual AT1 contingent convertible securities for outstanding capital securities (2013 - 2014)
    $2 billion senior debt offering (2014)
    €3.0 billion (aggregate) perpetual AT1 contingent securities (2013)
    $7.0 billion (aggregate)10-year contingent capital notes (2012 - 2013)
    multiple offerings of senior notes, with an aggregate principal in excess of $12.5 billion (2008–2011) Advice on liability management programmes
  • Moneta Money Bank’s $1.5 billion IPO and listing on the Prague Stock Exchange (2016)
  • Philips Lighting N.V. on its $840 million IPO and listing on the Euronext Amsterdam (2016)
  • Standard Chartered on its AT1 securities offerings (2017 and 2016) and various subordinated and senior notes offerings (2013–2016)Standard Chartered’s $5.15 billion offering of common shares pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S (2015)
  • ABG Sundal Collier Norge, Goldman Sachs International and the other underwriters, in the IPO of XXL, the Nordic sporting-goods retailer (2014)
  • Cembra Money Bank’s CHF 1.05 billion IPO (IPO of formerly GE Money Bank AG) (2013)
  • Koninklijke Philips, the Dutch healthcare and consumer company, on its $1.5 billion SEC-registered debt offering (2012)
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with numerous offerings and listings in various EU jurisdictions, including in the U.K., Luxembourg and Italy, including in connection with its listed index-linked note issuance programme
  • Enel Green Power on its IPO (2010)
  • Bank of Ireland on its right issue, capital raisings and liability management exercises in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and on numerous offerings in the United States in prior years