Herman Raspé

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

New York, USA
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Practice Expertise

  • Corporate
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Services

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Financial Services
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Cross-Border Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
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WSG Practice Industries

WSG Leadership

  • WSG Board of Directors - Chair 2022-2023
  • WSG Board of Directors - Chair Elect 2021-2022
  • WSG Board of Directors - Director 2019-2021
  • WSG Regional Council - Member 2019-2021
  • WSG BOD Executive Committee - Member
  • DealMaker Group - Member
  • Banking & Finance Group - Member
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Herman Raspé is an internationally renowned authority in the field of cross-border debt and equity transactions, particularly American Depositary Receipts matters. Mr. Raspé served as Chair of the Firm's Corporate department from 2005-2019 and has concentrated his practice on cross-border capital markets and M&A transactions. Mr. Raspé is a frequent lecturer on the subject of American Depositary Receipts and the regulatory implications on foreign companies who access the U.S. capital markets and has authored a number of articles and advisory memoranda on the same subject. Mr. Raspé heads the Firm’s cross-border transactions team consisting of lawyers focusing on cross-border capital markets and M&A transactions.

Mr. Raspé represents U.S. financial institutions and non-U.S. companies in a myriad of cross-border transactions, and including in capital markets transactions supporting cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and capital restructurings. Mr. Raspé is frequently called upon to advise non-U.S. companies on the subject of U.S. securities law implications on cross-border restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and dispositions.

Representative Matters

Financial Institution
Representation of financial institution in the development depositary interests representing sovereign debt.

Financial Institution
Representation of financial institution in cross-border debt and equity transactions relating to American depositary receipts.

U.K. Pension Plan
Representation of U.K. pension plan in connection with the acquisition and subsequent disposition in the U.S. of a significant equity interest in a Dutch company listed on a U.S. exchange.

Barbados Company
Representation of Barbados holding company in international senior secured note offerings.

Italian Company
Representation of Italian media company active in connection with a disposition of operating assets and subsequent going-private transaction.

Russian Company
Representation of Russian telecommunications company in connection with the U.S. securities law aspects of a regional restructuring of existing subsidiaries.

Italian Company
Representation of Italian energy company in connection with delisting and deregistration of U.S. securities.

Republic of China Company
Representation of Republic of China (Taiwan) technology company in connection with the securities law aspects of an acquisition.

Italian Company
Representation of court-appointed bankruptcy administrator of an Italian company in connection with the U.S. securities law aspects of a reorganization under Italian bankruptcy law.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1988)
    • Authorities Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • Marquette University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Financial Services
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Cross-Border Capital Markets
  • Private Equity

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

MEMBERSHIPS: Board of Directors, World Services GroupMember, New York State Bar Association; New Jersey State Bar Association

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Co-Presenter, “Gaining Clients in the Virtual World,” World Services Group Virtual Global Symposium & 2020 Annual Meeting (September 16, 2020)

HONORS: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Foreign Relations Law


Additional Articles
  • Author, "SEC Proposes Exemptive Rules for Cross-Border Offers and Business Combinations," 2 Securities Regulatory Update 4 (1999)


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