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:
- Corporate Governance
- Structured Finance
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.
- Barclays on the placing of a 12.2% interest in its subsidiary Barclays Africa Group Limited for £603 million (2016)
- 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’s $5.15 billion offering of common shares pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S (2015)
- ABG Sundal Collier Norge, and the other underwriters, in the IPO of XXL, the Nordic sporting-goods retailer (2014)
- Barclays’ $3.9 billion SEC-registered exchange offer of Additional Tier 1 perpetual subordinated Contingent Convertible Securities for outstanding capital securities (2014)
- Barclays’ $2.0 billion and €1.0 billion SEC-registered Additional Tier 1 perpetual subordinated Contingent Convertible Securities (2013)
- Barclays’ £5.8 billion SEC-registered rights offering (2013)
- 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
- Standard Chartered on its $2.0 billion subordinated notes offering (2014), $2.5 billion (aggregate) notes offerings (2013) and $5 billion rights issue (2010)
- Enel Green Power on its November 2010 IPO
- Barclays on numerous SEC-registered debt offerings (2009–2014) and in earlier debt and equity financings including several Preference Share offerings in the form of American Depositary Shares (SEC-registered)
- 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