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Herman H. Raspé

Herman H. Raspé



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

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Elect 2021/ 2022
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2019/ 2021
WSG Regional Council
Past Member
WSG BOD Executive Committee
Active Since 2021
DealMaker Group
WSG in North America Group
WSG Main Group
WSG Membership Development Committee
WSG Technology & Innovation Committee
Banking & Finance Group

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 Capital Markets | Cross-Border Transactions | Financial Services | Mergers and Acquisitions | 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


The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act and its Potential Repercussions
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, March 2021

U.S. capital markets are beginning to experience the effects of the passage of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (HFCAA). Amid continuing tensions between the United States and China, then-President Trump signed the HFCAA into law on December 18, 2020. The HFCAA was introduced in the United States Senate on March 28, 2019 by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The HFCAA passed the Senate by unanimous consent on May 20, 2020...

The U.S. Senate Passes the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, June 2020

The United States Senate passed S. 945, the “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” (the HFCAA), by unanimous consent on May 20, 2020. The HFCAA was first introduced in the Senate on March 28, 2019 by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)...

A New Tool for Anti-Bribery Compliance Program: ISO 37001
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, October 2016

Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a new set of voluntary standards, designated as ISO 37001, to assist organizations in their ongoing fight against bribery. As a result of recent increases in the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) and, notwithstanding the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Resource Guide to the U.S...

Additional Articles

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


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The blog is a source for insights and developments related to practice in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. This blog reviews key developments in the Commercial Division, including important decisions handed down by the Commercial Division and appellate court...

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The Second Circuit Criminal Law Blog is your place to follow the criminal law decisions rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. With a rich 225-year history of legendary judges like Learned Hand and Henry Friendly, the Second Circuit has long been known for writing important...

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