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Fifteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice

Author(s): Nilufer von Bismarck, Bradley J. Gans, Philip J. Boeckman
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Jan 2016
ISBN: 9781402425905
PLI Item #: 149181
CHB Spine #: B2220, B2221

Philip J. Boeckman is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and Managing Partner of the Firm’s London office.  He has been based in the Firm’s London office since 2000, when he relocated to London from the New York office. 

Mr. Boeckman’s general corporate practice covers capital markets, including IPOs, rights issuances and other equity offerings, U.S. listings and high-yield bridge, bond and other leveraged financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions.  He has represented several of Cravath’s European clients, including AXA, Bacardi, BAT, the European Investment Bank, KPN, Saipem, TNT and Unilever, and several Indian and South African companies.  He has also represented Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley and, as designated underwriters’ counsel, Prudential plc and the Republic of Poland, and several private equity firms, including Lion Capital, Permira and Terra Firma. 

Mr. Boeckman is Co-Editor of European Securities Law.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Capital Markets Law Journal, as well as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe.  From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Boeckman was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the AFME High-Yield Division.  From 2007 to 2009, he was Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee. 

Mr. Boeckman has been repeatedly cited as one of the leading practitioners in capital markets by Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500 United Kingdom; IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom; The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers; and PLC Which Lawyer?  In 2013, he was shortlisted for The Chambers 100, a ranking of the UK’s top 100 business lawyers.

Mr. Boeckman was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  He received a B.A. cum laude from Westminster College in 1988 and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Missouri in 1991, where he was a Notes Editor on the Law Review.  Mr. Boeckman joined Cravath in 1991 and became a partner in 1999.

Brad Gans was the Chief Legal Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa until November 2017, covering all businesses within the region.  He is currently the Citibank, N.A. London Branch Manager.  Previously Brad was Senior Deputy General Counsel for Citi’s Markets and Banking in EMEA.  Prior to moving to London in 2000, Brad was the General Counsel for SSB’s New York investment banking and capital markets divisions.  Brad has been with Citigroup since April 1993.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Brad was an Associate in the General Practice Group at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York from September 1985 to April 1993.

Brad received his B.A. from William Jewel College, summa cum laude in 1981.  He received his Masters at Cambridge University in 1982 and his J.D. from Washington University in May 1985.  He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales in 2011.

Nilufer has developed a wide corporate, commercial and financing practice, with a corporate client base ranging from large listed companies to small listed and unlisted companies. Her practice includes private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and other UKLA work, financings, equity and debt capital markets transactions and corporate governance.

She has worked in a range of industries, including financial services, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, infrastructure, retail and media.

Highlights include advising:

  • UKFI on its disposal of approximately 6% of Lloyds Banking Group for £3.2 billion
  • HM Treasury on the assessment of whether to separate RBS into a good bank and a bad bank
  • Lagardère on the sale of its entire stake in EADS for approximately EUR 2.28 billion
  • Investec Asset Management on the acquisition by management of a 15% shareholding in Investec Asset Management for £180 million in cash
  • the Portuguese Ministry of Finance on the EUR1.4 billion recapitalisation of the Portuguese bank Banif - Banco Internacional do Funchal, S.A. as well as similar recapitalisations of three other banks (Banco Comercial Português, S.A., Banco BPI, S.A. and Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.) completed by the Portuguese Republic in 2012
  • Borneo on its $1 billion investment in Bumi plc (re-named Asia Resource Minerals plc) and on ongoing matters related to that investment, including the proposed acquisition of a further stake in Asia Resource Minerals for $223 million

Nilufer is Head of our Equity Capital Markets practice. She is listed for M&A in The Legal 500, 2013, as a leading lawyer in the Capital Markets - Equity section of IFLR 1000, 2013  and also features in City A.M.'s  'Power Hundred 2011', a list of the most influential people in the City. Nilufer was recently awarded 'Best in capital markets - equity' by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s  Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013.

Nilufer has contributed the UK section in the Kluwer Law International best-selling publication entitled 'Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers'.