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Capital Markets: Debt & Equity


Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - California

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What the team is known for Formidable and impressive underwriter-side practice alongside significant expertise acting for issuers. Handles the full spectrum of matters including regularly advising on high-yield debt work and major equity offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're phenomenal. They're extraordinarily knowledgeable not just about the legal aspects but they're very commercial - they understand the business implications of what they're talking about."

"They're our go-to firm for convertibles. They're the best at what they do. They have a deep bench and experience, and their knowledge base is unrivaled."

Work highlights Represented Barclays Capital, J.P. Morgan Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities and others as joint book-running managers in Cisco Systems' $8 billion notes offering.

Acted for the underwriters in the $2.1 billion Twitter IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Dallas co-heads the department and is acclaimed throughout the market for his transactional expertise and the depth of his regulatory knowledge. He acts for an enviable array of issuers and underwriters. Sources note that "if there's an emerging trend he knows it forwards and backwards including all the involved parties and their respective concerns. He understands not just the legal concepts but the business side too."

Co-head of department Alan Denenberg heads the Menlo Park office and is widely recognized as a leader in the field, with sources commenting that he is "very good at talking through issues proactively to make sure we don't find ourselves in an awkward position - he's a great, trusted partner." He regularly represents issuer and underwriter clients on debt and equity transactions.

Sarah Solum is highly sought after by issuers for her skills on a wide range of debt and equity work. She is also well versed in acting for underwriters, and sources describe her as "a very good lawyer - I like her a lot."

Significant clients Affymetrix, Comcast, E*TRADE Financial, Equinix, Oracle.

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What the team is known for Acts for a client base of blue-chip underwriters and issuers on a comprehensive array of debt and equity work. Has an excellent profile on IPOs and high-yield debt and impressive bench strength and geographical coverage.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're great. Their advice is very well thought out and the transactions go smoothly when they are on either side because they know what they are doing."

"They are always very careful to look out for our best interests but they also make sure they get along with the client and make them aware of why they're proposing things. Nobody's upset during the process; there's always a good explanation."

Work highlights Represented Spirit Realty Capital in its combined stock and convertible notes offering, comprising $282.8 million of common stock, $402.5 million of 2.875% convertible senior notes due 2019 and $345 million in 3.75% convertible senior notes due 2021.

Acted for Morgan Stanley and Citi on Arista Network's $226 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Stokdyk's expertise covers the full range of debt and equity work for issuers and underwriters. He is also well recognized for his expertise in REITs and his handling of high-yield debt for an impressive client list.

Based in Silicon Valley, Patrick Pohlen centers his practice on emerging companies in the technology and life sciences fields. He regularly handles a range of public offerings and private placements.

Casey Fleck's practice includes significant expertise handling equity matters and high-yield debt transactions. He represents issuers and investment banks. Sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer."

The "really strong" Scott Hodgkins is well recognized for the breadth of his expertise. His client roster includes clients in the real estate, consumer products and energy sectors.

Orange County-based Shayne Kennedy advises underwriters and issuers on public and private securities transactions. Market sources give praise for his even and well-balanced approach.

Mark Stegemoeller has a particularly good reputation for his adept handling of high-yield work. Interviewees also praise the depth of his expertise on a range of capital markets transactions.

San Diego-based Cheston Larson has notable experience representing issuers and underwriters in public and private equity offerings. Sources comment that "he's accessible, he knows his stuff really well and his explanations are very clear. He knows the answer and communicates it well."

Significant clients Ignyta, Ultragenyx, Emulex.

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What the team is known for Represents an enviable roster of domestic and international issuers and underwriters on an array of complex transactions. Areas of expertise include high-yield debt, major equity offerings and transactions involving REITs. Has formidable breadth and depth of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have an impeccable reputation and they deliver exceptional service."

"The work ethic is amazing - these guys must work 24 hours a day."

Work highlights Acted for McKesson on its notes offering comprising floating rate notes due 2015, 1.292% notes due 2017, 2.284% notes due 2019, 3.796% notes due 2024 and 4.883% notes due 2044 with an aggregate value of $4.1 billion in total.

Advised Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse Securities as joint book-running managers in SolarCity's concurrent $182 million common stock and $230 million convertible senior notes offerings.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Gregg Noel acts on a range of major debt and equity transactions for issuers and underwriters. He is also highly sought after for his regulatory expertise and sources comment that "he has a wealth of experience and he's able to give us solid advice on difficult issues and tough questions."

Thomas Ivey maintains a strong profile for his representation of issuers and underwriters on convertible bonds offerings and IPOs. Sources say: "He's a really good lawyer and a great deal guy."

Significant clients Barclays Capital, J.C. Penney, O'Reilly Automotive, Modular Space, Global Defense & National Securities Systems.  

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What the team is known for Attracts the respect of the business community for the high quality of its advice to underwriters but also has noted skill in acting for issuers. Excellent strength in high-yield debt offerings and IPOs and follow-on offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a broad-gauge capital markets practice both domestically and abroad - I'd hire them for debt, equity, convertibles or offshore work."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in three common stock offerings by Terreno Realty with an aggregate value of $328 million.

Acted for Cowen as underwriter in Exelixis's $80 million common stock offering.

Notable practitioners  

LA-based Patrick Brown has a particularly strong reputation for his representation of underwriters. Sources say: "He always stays involved - you have a senior guy applying his experience practically."

The "excellent" John Savva handles an impressive array of debt and equity work. Sources say: "He is terrific to work with; a steady hand and very experienced."

Alison Ressler is highly commended by market sources for her representation of both issuers and underwriters on a range of debt and equity transactions.

Significant clients j2 Global, Mattell, Zions Bancorporation, CNH Capital.

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What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for its representation of issuers in the technology and life sciences sectors on IPOs and follow-on offerings. Also has a good reputation for its work in the debt capital markets and its advice to underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very powerful in the IPO market, particularly in Silicon Valley."

Work highlights Acted for LinkedIn on its $1.2 billion follow-on equity offering.

Acted for Netflix in a $400 million senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

John Fore receives acclaim from interviewees for the depth of his expertise in debt matters. He is highly sought after for his expertise in representing issuers. Sources describe him as an "exceptionally strong lawyer - he understands the business side and he's really at the top of his game."

Commentators point to Jeff Saper's notable skill in advising issuers at all stages of growth on equity transactions. Market sources say: "He's got a very strong set of clients, he attracts a lot of business and he's a tough competitor."

Larry Sonsini is widely acclaimed by sources for his expertise on IPOs. He is chairman of the firm.

Katharine Martin is acclaimed for her skills in advising clients on equity transactions including an impressive track record on high-profile IPOs. Recent highlights include representing King Digital on its $499.5 million IPO.

Significant clients NetApp, Altera, GoPro, Vital Therapies, Advent Software.

Band 2 | Cooley LLP

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What the team is known for Excellent issuer-side practice with particular expertise representing life sciences and technology sector clients on a range of debt and equity transactions including high-value IPOs. A good and growing reputation for its work acting for underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I want somebody who's my business partner as opposed to just my legal partner and I think that's what Cooley is."

"The folks on the other side of the table listen to the folks at Cooley which really makes the dynamics of doing deals much better."

Work highlights Acted for CHC Group in its $310 million IPO.

Represented the underwriters, including Goldman Sachs, in Castlight Heath's $204.2 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Sources highlight Eric Jensen's ability to "solve the tough issues and make sure things stay on track." He acts for issuers and underwriters on a broad array of debt and equity transactions.

Andrew Williamson receives particular acclaim from market sources for his underwriter-side work. Satisfied clients praise his knowledgeable approach and his commitment to client service.

Kenneth Guernsey's practice centers on equity offerings, representing an impressive array of underwriters and issuers. Sources say: "He's well rounded" and "very experienced."

Significant clients J.P. Morgan Securities, MobileIron, Tableau Software, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Zulily.

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What the team is known for Superb track record on high-profile IPOs. Also has experience on follow-on equity and convertible bond offerings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've become a go-to firm on the capital markets side." 

"They have tremendous attorneys there."  

Work highlights Represented Cisco Systems in its $8 billion debt offering.

Acted for Facebook in its $3.8 billion follow-on equity offering.

Notable practitioners  

Gordon Davidson is widely recognized as a leader in the field, with sources commenting that "he's one of the top attorneys in Silicon Valley," and "being able to tap into his wisdom is invaluable." His practice includes formidable expertise in equity work for an enviable array of issuers and underwriters.

Jeffrey Vetter "looks after his clients' interests" and "sees the issues and helps to work through them." He receives particular acclaim for his issuer-side IPO expertise.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs, GoPro, King Digital Entertainment.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its expertise on a range of debt and equity transactions. A frequent choice to advise on IPOs including offerings by companies in the retail, consumer products and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were accessible and they gave good practical advice." 

"They've done a terrific job on a difficult project with a significant amount of complexity involved."

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo Securities on numerous offerings, including an exchange offer of $11.6 billion of outstanding debt for newly issued Rule 144A debt and a $2 billion Wells Fargo preferred stock issuance.

Represented Herbalife on its accelerated share repurchase program, including a $1 billion convertible notes offering, the proceeds of which were used by the client to repurchase its shares.

Notable practitioners  

Stewart McDowell is "dedicated to the success of our project" and "very responsive," clients sayShe frequently represents issuers in the technology sector.

Douglas Smith advises clients on a broad spectrum of debt and equity matters. He is well known for his work for Wells Fargo.

Jonathan Layne is highly sought after for his handling of complex debt work. Sources say: "He's a passionate advocate who offers cool-headed advice in difficult circumstances."

Significant clients Eros International, Bank of America, The Rubicon Project, Deutsche Bank, PDL Biopharma.

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What the team is known for Held in high esteem by market participants for its representation of underwriters on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Maintains a good reputation for its issuer-side work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very solution-oriented and they have good market sense."

"They work together extremely well." 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in Realty Income's issuance of 4.650% notes due 2023 and 3.875% notes due 2024, totaling $1.1 billion, and two issuances of common stock totaling $948 million.

Acted for DaVita Health Care Partners in its $1.75 billion high-yield senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

The "experienced and commercial" Eric Haueter is highly regarded for his expertise on a broad array of debt and equity transactions. One client said: "He doesn't just quote me law - he can also say what happens in the market."

Sharon Flanagan is well versed in representing underwriters in debt and equity work. Sources say she "understands issues very quickly," and has an "impressive knowledge of the law."

Significant clients Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities, eBay.

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What the team is known for Well-established strength in complex and high-value debt and equity transactions with a strong focus on the technology sector. Has particular expertise acting for underwriters on IPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide an extremely high level of service in an extremely competent manner." 

"They do a great job of giving you advice based on numerous past transactions."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters led by Goldman Sachs in Vince Holding's $230 million IPO.

Acted for the underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank Securities, in a $12 billion bond offering by Apple.

Notable practitioners  

The "top-quality" William Hinman continues to earn the respect of the business community. His recent highlights include representing the underwriters on a $3.8 billion equity offering by Facebook.

Kevin Kennedy receives widespread acclaim for his representation of underwriters in technology sector equity and debt work. Sources highlight "his ability to be creative around complex situations and find solutions - he's very constructive in bringing the two sides together."

William Brentani is rated by sources for his prowess advising clients on the full range of debt and equity transactions. His clients include Interactive Data and Microsoft.

Significant clients Alibaba Group, Seagate Technology, Silver Lake Partners, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse.

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What the team is known for Recognized for its technology and life sciences sector expertise. Receives particular acclaim for its representation of issuers at all stages of growth but is also respected for its advice to underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a really strong team - they anticipated issues and were able to flag things I did or didn't need to worry about."

"Their ethos in client handling has been very personal and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for OPOWER in its $116 million IPO.

Represented the underwriters, including Barclays and J.P. Morgan, in Five9's $70 million IPO.

What's new? Rezwan Pavri joined the firm from Wilson Sonsini in April 2014.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kline is "very calm and organized," and "excellent at balancing risk and rewards," impressed clients say. He advises clients on the full range of debt and equity transactions.

"Terrific lawyer" Rezwan Pavri is praised by sources for his track record in high-profile IPOs.

Significant clients Citi, Control4, Goldman Sachs, Guidewire Software, Marketo.

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What the team is known for Regularly represents issuers and underwriters on a range of capital markets matters, including frequently acting on IPOs. Particular expertise on transactions in the healthcare, entertainment and technology sectors.

Work highlights Acted for Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings in its $118.8 million IPO.

Represented BNP Paribas, Citi, HSBC and RBS as underwriters in Toyota Motor Credit's offering of 1.125% notes due 2017, floating-rate notes due 2017 and 2.750% notes due 2021, with an aggregate value of $2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

John-Paul Motley acts for issuers and underwriters in an array of debt and equity work. He advised Sportsman’s Warehouse on its IPO.

Peter Healy advised Avalon Bay Communities on its $400 million offering of MTNs. His clients include issuers and underwriters.

Significant clients Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Yahoo!, RSI Home Products.

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What the team is known for A respected option to advise issuers and underwriters on a comprehensive range of equity and debt matters. Expertise includes advising emerging companies in the technology sector on IPOs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent. I've always been impressed with them; they're easy to work with and they know the market - what's custom, what's changing."

"They have a good sense of business and they try to figure out how to optimize to keep the business concerns in mind."

Work highlights Acted for NOVA Chemicals on its private placement of $500 million 5.25% senior notes.

Represented Marcus & Millichap in its $72 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Brett Cooper is a key contact.

Significant clients Shutterstock, Levi Strauss, The Gap, PG&E Corporation, BrightSource Energy.

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What the team is known for Advises clients on the full spectrum of debt and equity transactions with a focus on the technology and life sciences sectors. Clients include domestic and international issuers.

Work highlights Acted for Fox Factory Holdings in its $36.5 million IPO.

Represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical in its $119.3 million IPO and $750 million convertible senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners 

Jeff Hartlin is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Samsung Display Co, Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Trovagene, Ark Animal Health.

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What the team is known for Represents clients on a range of equity transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings and private placements. Has significant emerging companies expertise.

Work highlights Acted for MediciNova in its $10 million IPO, the first Japanese IPO of a US entity.

Acted for Receptos in its IPO and two additional public offerings totaling $350 million.

Notable practitioners  

Jorge del Calvo continues to impress market sources for his expertise representing technology companies on IPOs. He advised Violin Memories on its $162 million IPO.

Significant clients iWatt, Petco Animal Supplies, Victory Pharma, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, OneWest Bank.

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What the team is known for Advises issuers and underwriters of all sizes on a range of public and private debt and equity offerings. Areas of expertise include private equity and REIT matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are always responsive and proactive; there's excellent communication."

"They are a fantastic partner."

Work highlights Acted for American Capital Realty Partners in its offering of 2% senior notes due 2017, 3% senior notes due 2019 and 4.600% senior notes due 2024, with an aggregate value of $2.55 billion.

Acted for Deutsche Bank Securities and others as underwriters in three common stock offerings by TCP Capital with an aggregate value of $223.9 million.

Notable practitioners  

Monica Shilling is "very responsive," "very knowledgeable" and has "great communication skills," clients say. She co-heads the firm's private equity group.

Michael Woronoff is well regarded for the breadth of his expertise in corporate finance. He is a respected choice to advise clients on complex transactions.

Pippa Bond regularly advises clients on high-profile debt and equity transactions. Her clients include issuers, underwriters and sponsors.

Significant clients Ares Commercial Real Estate, Ares Capital, Ares Management, Church & Dwight, Smart & Final Holdings.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Louis Lehot of DLA Piper LLP (US) is praised by clients for the high quality of his advice on IPOs. He is based at the firm's Palo Alto office. He recently joined DLA Piper from Cooley.

The "terrific" and "phenomenal" John Wilson of Shearman & Sterling LLP maintains an enviable reputation for his expertise on a range of transactions.

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