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Capital Markets

APCO’s capital markets practice is represented in all the world’s key capital market hubs. Clients trust us to protect and promote their reputations in those markets and help them communicate with their critical stakeholders—particularly investors, analysts and financial media—to meet their business and social objectives and enhance their valuations.

Our clients include companies in the FTSE100, FTSE250, U.S. listed, European listed, private companies and multinational companies who value our multi-disciplined, holistic approach to communications. Working together, our teams thoughtfully consider and respond to today’s multiple, complex stakeholders and current and future risks. Clients appreciate our expertise, experience, influential networks and specialist services, and the support we provide in major reputation crises, special situations, financial results, IPOs, M&A, litigation, shareholder activism, corporate transformations, ESG, restructurings and social media.

The latest trends and issues affecting our clients:

Companies accessing alternative sources of capital

With IPO markets globally cooling, companies are seeking to access alternative pools of capital, whether it be debt, alternative equity or other sources. A clear equity and debt story can be the difference between a growth strategy being funded and one that stalls.

Interest rate rises have increased the cost of capital

With sovereign debt investment returns increasing for investors with global interest rates rises, equity returns must be even more convincing to attract capital in a more competitive environment. This means companies must create a more compelling investment case.

Rise in corporate scrutiny from activist investors

Activist investor capital pools are at or near record levels, following M&A, balance sheet, strategy, governance and increasingly ESG investing strategies. In recent quarters we have seen multiple activists investing in the same companies at the same time, often with different investing strategies, adding to the complexity of navigating these challenges for both the activists and the companies.

Point People

Geoffrey Pelham-Lane
Pamela Passman

Pamela Passman

Chair of Corporate & Managing Director, New York