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Christopher Diel


Associate in our Corporate practice, based in London.

Christopher advises corporations, financial institutions and investment banking clients on securities offerings, corporate finance and other strategic corporate transactions. His practice focuses on equity and debt capital market offerings, including IPOs, rights issues, private placements, investment-grade debt offerings and liability management transactions. He also advises clients on complex cross-border public and private M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

He is a native German speaker.

Experience highlights

Capital Markets
  • Galderma on its CHF2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) IPO and SIX Swiss Exchange listing
  • A leading German automobile manufacturer on eleven bond offerings, totaling $18.25 billion
  • Imperial Brands on its $1 billion bond offering and a cash tender offer
  • Ferguson on its $1 billion bond offering
  • Reliance Industries Limited on its $4 billion bond offering and a consent solicitation
  • Nestlé on its $5 billion bond offering
  • Roche on four bond offerings, totaling $13.9 billion, and a cash tender offer
  • Signature Aviation (formerly BBA Aviation) on its $650 million bond offering
  • Netcompany on its DKK 7.75 billion (US $1.2 billion) IPO and Nasdaq Copenhagen listing
  • ContourGlobal on its £1.7 billion IPO and London premium listing, as well as its subsequent €806 million Class 1 acquisition of Acciona Termosolar
  • The underwriters on:
    • two U.S. MTN program updates and four note offerings by Danske Bank, totaling $6.75 billion
    • the SEC-registered $1.5 billion notes offering by National Grid
    • five SEC-registered subordinated Tier 2 notes offerings and one AT1 notes offering by Deutsche Bank, totaling $6.8 billion
    • ten SEC-registered notes offerings by Oesterreichische Kontrollbank, totaling $13.5 billion
    • bond offerings by Narragansett Electric, Brooklyn Union Gas and Boston Gas (each a U.S. subsidiary of National Grid), totaling $2.3 billion
    • the $250 million convertible senior notes offering by Shake Shack
    • the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s global MTN program and subsequent $650 million notes offering, and a prior $1.75 billion notes offering
  • The dealer managers and solicitation agents on Devon Energy’s debt-for-debt exchange offer
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Red Bull on its minority investment in Leeds United Football Club 
  • Sonae on its cash tender offer for Musti Group
  • Cadeler on its $597 million combination with Eneti
  • Forbion European Acquisition on its $138 million de-SPAC combination with enGene
  • Reliance New Energy Solar, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, on its acquisition of REC Solar Holdings from China National Bluestar for an enterprise value of $771 million
  • Outotec on its stock-for-stock combination with Metso’s minerals business
  • Reliance Industries and Reliance Holding USA on their corporate reorganization and merger
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LL.M., Columbia Law School
  • James Kent Scholar
Second Legal State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Berlin (Kammergericht)
First Legal State Exam, University of Münster

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2017
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (London), 2016-2017
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Munich), 2013-2016

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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