• University of Notre Dame, B.A. Political Science and Chinese (2009) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D./L.L.M. (2012)


  • New York

Catherine Martinez


Combining extensive international experience in banking, finance, and capital markets with an in-depth knowledge of the Qatari legal market, Catherine Martinez is proficient at handling complex matters and providing clients with unique solutions.

Catherine is a New York qualified lawyer who focuses on representing private and public issuers on cross-border Rule 144A and Regulation S equity and debt capital markets’ transactions. Catherine also has particular experience advising private and governmental entities, corporate sponsors, and financial institutions on secured and unsecured loans and other forms of finance lending. Additionally, she routinely acts for international corporations that have a presence in the Middle East, Turkey, and Europe.

Catherine is a counsel in the firm’s Doha office, having previously worked in London as a senior associate in the U.S. capital markets team at a leading Magic Circle law firm. In 2018, Catherine relocated to Doha and worked at Commercial Bank as a transactional lawyer within the bank’s in-house corporate legal team. At Commercial Bank, Catherine primarily managed cross-border transactions and advised on general corporate matters and issues of corporate governance.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Chairperson of Board of Governors, Doha English Speaking School

Representative Matters

  • Advised a leading bank on its first international U.S. $500 million perpetual non-call five-year Additional Tier 1 bond issuance.
  • Advised a leading bank in the update of its $5 billion euro-medium term note program and its Regulation S issuances and private placements under the program.
  • Represented underwriting banks in multiple capital markets transactions of a sovereign, including SEC-registered and Sukuk structured offerings, valued in excess of U.S. $15 billion.


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