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Capital Markets: Debt & Equity


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Maintains an outstanding and formidable reputation for representing high-yield bond managers. Highly respected for its strength in investment grade debt and in equity offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are not just legal folks, they are also very capable of helping us from a commercial side."

"They are very practical about getting to answers that keep clients happy." 

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo Securities, JPMorgan, Citigroup and Barclays as joint bookrunning managers in a $3.1 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of second lien senior secured notes the proceeds of which were used in the leveraged buyout of H.J. Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital Partners.

Represented the underwriters in Comcast's $2.95 billion public debt offering.

Represented the underwriters including Citigroup Global Markets on the IPO of PBF Energy.

Notable practitioners  

James Clark is "very commercial in his thinking and approach," and "very creative." He represented the joint bookrunning managers and co-managers in a $2.5 billion Rule 144A offering by GM Financial of senior notes.

William Hartnett "can sit in front of a CEO or a private equity head and have an impact that few others can," according to impressed clients. He recently represented the underwriters in Berry Plastics's $470 million IPO.

Jonathan Schaffzin "gives very good counsel" and "tailors his advice to specifics of an industry and a transaction," say commentators. He has recently represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and JPMorgan as joint bookrunning managers and co-managers on Mylan's Rule 144A offering of $750 million of senior notes.

John Tripodoro "understands how we think and is very pleasant to work with," say clients. He recently represented the joint bookrunning managers and co-managers on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by Clean Harbors of $600 million of senior notes.

Douglas Horowitz represented the underwriters on a secondary offering by certain shareholders of Nielsen valued at approximately $1.4 billion. One client says: "He really fights for us passionately."

Daniel Zubkoff recently advised JPMorgan Securities and the other initial purchasers on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes by Griffey Intermediate and Griffey Finance Sub with an aggregate amount of $550 million.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Macquarie Capital, BNP Paribas, RBS, BMO Capital Markets.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Represents issuers and underwriters in market-leading transactions. Superb reputation for advising clients on high-value transactions with a Latin American component.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have great judgment; all the lawyers are extremely responsive, knowledgeable and good to work with. The culture of the firm is really to be admired."

"They highlight the important issues but they are also troubleshooters."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters led by joint global coordinators Deutsche Bank Securities, Citigroup Global Markets and others in a public offering of approximately $20 billion of common stock in AIG held by the US Treasury.

Advised Petróleo Brasileiro on its Dutch finance subsidiary's $11 billion SEC-registered offering of guaranteed senior notes.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Beller is "incredibly knowledgeable and gives practical advice," one client reports. He is highly recommended for complex securities matters.

Leslie Silverman is acclaimed by clients for the high quality of his advice. He represented Barclays as sole underwriter in a $400 million SEC-registered debt offering by Spirit Airlines.

Nicolas Grabar is "very skillful in negotiations" and is "very helpful on difficult cross-border deals," market sources report. He advised América Móvil in its SEC-registered offering of $1.2 billion of senior notes.

Jeffrey Karpf is "easy to work with" and "has good judgment," impressed clients say. He advised the underwriters on a registered offering of trust preference securities issued by SCE Trust II and guaranteed by Southern California Edison with a value of $400 million.

David Lopez is "smart, knowledgeable and hard-working," say clients. He represented The Hartford Financial Services Group in its capital management plan including Dutch Auction and Waterfall tender offers of $800 million of senior debt.

Craig Brod represented the underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs and others on American Express's SEC-registered shelf takedown of $850 million of floating rate notes and $1 billion of fixed rate notes. Clients praise his extensive subject knowledge.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Société Générale, Wells Fargo Securities, Crédit Agricole.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Expertise in representing issuers on IPO and secondary transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors. Growing reputation for its representation of underwriters and debt work.

Work highlights Represented Tremor Video in relation to its $75 million IPO.

Advised ChannelAdvisor on its $80.5 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Eric Jensen heads the department and is a key contact.

Significant clients Brocade, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Tableau Software, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Goldman Sachs.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Highly sought-after team providing effective advice to clients on a range of complex debt and equity offerings. Excellent reputation for registered offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, and private placements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Every time I work with them I feel like I was their favorite client, which is exactly how it should be." 

"They give us very good service. They are very commercial, they understand what the issues are and find solutions."

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan as underwriters on eight registered debt offerings, totaling $12 billion, CAD1.25 billion and NZD500 million.

Represented Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and others as initial purchasers on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by Rite Aid of $810 million of high-yield senior debt.

Represented Costamare on its registered perpetual preferred stock offering with a value of $50 million and on its offering of common stock with a value of $98 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Kris Heinzelman is "extremely knowledgeable, gets to the heart of matters very quickly and is very responsive," according to clients. He represented the underwriters led by Credit Suisse and others in Diamond Resorts International's $250 million IPO.

The "terrific" John White is highly recommended by sources for his experienced and thoughtful approach to advising public companies on a wide array of matters. He represented Rock-Tenn in its registered debt offering with a value of $1.45 billion and on its $700 million Rule 144A/Regulation S senior debt offering.

Stephen Burns is a "talented" and "wonderful" attorney, according to clients. He represented the underwriters led by JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and others in Ply Gem's $381 million IPO.

Andrew Pitts advised Ashland on two Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offerings totaling $2.55 billion. He represents issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings, with a focus on the transportation and insurance sectors.

"Very good lawyer" William Rogers recently represented Shell International Finance on two registered debt transactions guaranteed by Shell totaling $4.25 billion.

William Whelan is "able to distil down complex issues into bite-size chunks," clients report. He represented OneBeacon U.S. in its registered senior debt offering with a value of $275 million.

William Fogg advised the underwriters led by JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and others on Murphy Oil's $1.5 billion registered debt offering. Clients say he is "very creative in helping us solve issues and very knowledgeable in his field."

Craig Arcella is "very commercial" and "very knowledgeable," according to sources. He represented Barclays, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs as underwriters on a $2 billion registered debt offering by the State of Israel.

Significant clients BNSF Railway, CyrusOne, INEOS, Unilever, Xerox.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Menlo Park and New York.

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for its advice to underwriters and corporates on an array of sophisticated debt and equity transactions. Frequently the firm of choice for IPOs of the highest value and complexity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are industry leaders who are very knowledgeable and very quick."

"Their expertise is not just in giving legal advice but in giving risk advice, which is extremely helpful."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico on its $4.1 billion global equity offering including an IPO of American Depositary Shares (ADS) valued at $3.3 billion and a $780 million offering of Series B shares.

Represented Digicel on three Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings of high-yield senior notes with an aggregate value of $2.8 billion. 

Advised Oracle on its EUR2 billion SEC-registered debt offering.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Truesdell is "able to make sure deals go through seamlessly by being laser-sharp on the technicalities," and "routinely demonstrates why experience matters," say clients. He advised JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and another as representatives of the underwriters on Zoetis's $2.57 billion IPO.

Michael Kaplan is "one of the best legal minds out there," according to his clients. He advised JPMorgan Securities and others as joint bookrunning managers on the $1 billion IPO of Coty.

Richard Sandler is "thoughtful and very constructive," market sources say. He advised JPMorgan Securities and others as representatives of the underwriters on a $967 million SEC-registered secondary offering of Vantiv Class A common stock.

Menlo Park-based Alan Denenberg is "absolutely excellent" on transactions. He represented Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as joint bookrunning managers in a $3 million SEC-registered debt offering by Amazon.com.

Sarah Beshar advised Citigroup Global Markets and others as representatives of the underwriters on the $1.72 billion SEC-registered secondary offering of GM common stock sold by US Treasury and the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. She advises clients on public and private equity and debt offerings.

Bruce Dallas is "knowledgeable, accessible and responsive," say clients. He advised Morgan Stanley and others as joint bookrunning managers on the $300 million IPO of Palo Alto Networks and on a $302.4 million SEC-registered offering of shares in Palo Alto Networks by certain selling stockholders.

Joseph Hall is highly regarded for his advice to issuers and underwriters on a range of debt and equity transactions. He represented PepsiCo on a number of registered offerings including its offering of floating rate notes and senior rate notes with a value of $2.5 billion.

Deanna Kirkpatrick impresses clients with her ability to "make the process go really smoothly." She recently advised Health Insurance Innovations on its $65.3 million IPO.

John Meade is "highly professional" and is further commended for his communication skills. He represented Dufry Finance on its Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield debt offering of $500 million of senior notes.

Significant clients Aetna, Campbell Soup, NYSE Euronext, E*TRADE, OGX.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its representation of foreign and domestic issuers and underwriters in an array of debt and equity offerings. Clients include private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly creative when there is an apparent impasse. They are effective at coming up with solutions."

"The service is just excellent overall." 

Work highlights Represented Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities and others as joint bookrunners on Liberty Mutual's $600 million senior notes offering.

Advised HD Supply on its IPO of common stock worth in excess of $1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Loughran advised Principal Financial on the offering of a total of $1.5 billion of senior notes. He is a frequent choice to advise issuers and underwriters on international and US securities offerings.

David Brittenham chairs the firm's finance group. He represented The ServiceMaster Company on its offering of $750 million of senior notes.

Steven Slutzky is recommended for his expertise in a range of transactions. He recently advised Reynolds on its offering of $3.25 billion of senior secured notes.

Matthew Kaplan is "extremely responsive" and "has an encyclopedic knowledge of securities law," impressed clients say. He advised Westpac Banking in relation to $750 million and $650 million notes offerings.

Significant clients Access Industries, The Carlyle Group, Getty Images, Morgan Stanley, Providence Equity Partners.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Well-respected option for representing both issuers and underwriters on a broad array of equity and debt transactions. Handles a series of equity and investment grade debt transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers I have worked with at Fried Frank are strong, commercial lawyers that are capable of providing advice on all deal matters and come up with creative solutions when required."

"Fried Frank is very responsive, knows the latest terms and trends in the market, and has a solid team of associates."

Work highlights Represented Merrill Lynch and others as joint lead bookrunning managers in a $275 million offering of Series C cumulative redeemable preferred stock by Annaly Capital Management.

Represented Barclays and others as joint bookrunning managers on Armstrong World Industries' $305 million common stock offering.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Gelfond is a "good, practical lawyer" with an "incredible work ethic," sources say. He frequently represents US and international issuers in a range of debt and equity transactions.

Daniel Bursky is rated by clients for his commercial advice and high levels of service. He recently represented Aleris in its $500 million issuance of senior notes.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Penske Automotive, Televisa, Royal Caribbean, SPX.

Since publication, Valerie Ford Jacob has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Since publication, Michael Levitt has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Since publication, Paul D Tropp has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Recognized for its strength in advising issuers and investment banks on an array of transactions including debt, equity, convertible and hybrid offerings. Good reputation in the retail, healthcare and biotechnology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are accessible, responsive, efficient, and technically they are very capable." 

"They are always investing in the long-term relationship with us and take care to respond to us."

Work highlights Advised MetroPCS Wireless on a $3.5 million senior notes offering to finance its acquisition by T-Mobile.

Represented Coty on its $1.2 billion consumer products IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Fabens is "very knowledgeable" and "has a thorough overview of the market," sources report. He advised GE Capital on a $1.7 billion registered public offering of fixed and floating rate notes.

Significant clients Intel, The Williams Companies, Capital One Financial, Energy Future, Tenet Healthcare.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Menlo Park, New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Regularly advises an impressive roster of clients on a variety of debt and equity offerings. Particular strength in the technology, life sciences and REIT spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very robust in the life sciences space."

Work highlights Represented home automation software developer Control4 in its $73 million IPO.

Advised NetSuite on its $310 million convertible debt offering.

Notable practitioners

Key contact Ettore Santucci chairs the firm's capital markets practice. 

Significant clients AvalonBay Communities, Boston Properties, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Esperion Therapeutics.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Attracts the respect of the business community for its representation of clients on significant IPOs. An active presence in the high-yield debt market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am very impressed with their business understanding, legal knowledge and the overall quick turnaround." 

Work highlights Represented Smurfit Kappa on several notes offerings including an EUR400 million offering of senior secured notes.

Represented Clear Channel Communications and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings on a $1.2 billion private offering of senior notes in a bond-for-bond-and-cash exchange offer. 

Represented Taminco on its $236.84 million IPO. 

Notable practitioners  

Joshua Korff is "super service-oriented" and has a "total command of the subject matter," say his clients. He represented Trinseo Materials Operating and Trinseo Materials Finance on an offering of $1.325 billion of senior secured notes.

Significant clients Avis Budget, Bain Capital, Golden Gate Capital, Community Health Systems, Solera.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for representing underwriters and issuers on high-yield product and IPO transactions. Key sectors of expertise include the energy and real estate sectors.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find them to be extremely smart, thoughtful and resourceful."

"They are very capable and I love dealing with them."

Work highlights Represented Watson Pharmaceuticals on its $3.9 billion senior unsecured notes offering.

Represented Barclays Capital as lead purchaser on the offering of $525 million in senior unsecured notes by CyrusOne.

Represented Spirit Realty Capital on its $500 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

"Superstar" Kirk Davenport "cuts through things very quickly," impressed market sources say. He advised Credit Suisse on Post Holdings' offering of $350 million worth of senior notes.

Marc Jaffe is "immediately responsive," and "his legal analysis is spot-on," say clients. His recent highlights include advising Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Securities on the $807.3 million IPO of SeaWorld Entertainment.

Michael Chambers is recommended by commentators for his expertise on transactions in the energy sector. His clients include underwriters, companies and financial sponsors.

Greg Rodgers is praised by market sources for his expertise on a range of transactions including high-yield products. His clients include investment banks and issuers.

Ian Schuman has "great analytical ability," according to interviewees. He advised JPMorgan Securities on the issuance of $265 million of senior notes by Dematic DH Services Luxembourg.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Southcross Energy Partners. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Good reputation for its work on IPOs, preferred stock, investment grade debt and hybrid offerings. Sectors of focus include consumer products, life sciences, and energy and cleantech.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very competent, very responsive, and we always feel as though we get very good service."

Work highlights Represented Barclays Capital and others as underwriters in Capital One, National Association's senior notes offerings of $250 million and $600 million.

Advised Sonoma County-based wine marketing and production company Truett-Hurst on its IPO.

Notable practitioners  

James Tanenbaum is described by clients as a "phenomenal resource" who "tailors his advice to our particular objectives." He represented the underwriters in Bank of America's $2 billion public senior notes offering.

Significant clients Equity Residential, Protalix BioTherapeutics, Capital One Financial, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, UDR.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Earns strong market endorsement for its representation of issuers and underwriters on IPOs. A frequent choice to advise the portfolio companies of private equity firms on an array of debt and equity transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very attuned to business issues, very bright and very good at negotiating."

"The lawyers at Paul Weiss know how to be intellectual and commercial, and are good at helping make decisions."

Work highlights Represented Taylor Morrison Home on its $722 million IPO and on a number of high-yield transactions.

Advised Time Warner Cable in relation to a registered notes offering of $1.25 billion.

Notable practitioners  

John Kennedy is "very thoughtful, pragmatic and responsive," according to clients. He advised Intelsat Global Holdings on a number of transactions, including its IPO valued at approximately $400 million.

Gregory Ezring is, according to sources, "extremely attentive, driven and very bright." He represented Caesars Entertainment on a Rule 144A/Regulation S $1.5 billion offering by its subsidiaries of senior secured notes.

Monica Thurmond is recommended by sources for her constructive and commercial approach to representing clients. She represented McGraw-Hill Global Education on its $800 million Rule 144A/Regulation S of first-priority senior secured notes.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Michael Kors, Morgan Stanley, Swiss Reinsurance.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Regularly advises midmarket and bulge bracket investment banks and issuers on an array of debt and equity transactions. Good reputation for its representation of clients on mezzanine finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very responsive and they have given me good advice in a variety of complex transactions."

"They are very commercial and overall they add a lot of value to the process." 

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank Securities and others as joint bookrunning managers on a $80.9 million primary offering by TCP Capital of its common stock.

Represented Ares Capital on its $300 million offering of convertible senior notes.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Lopez is "very knowledgeable," "extremely smart" and "gets you what you need," say satisfied clients. He advised Celgene on its $1.5 billion registered offering of senior unsecured notes.

Stuart Bressman is "a problem-solver" with "terrific business judgment," according to sources. He represented JPMorgan Securities as lead bookrunner in ARIAD Pharmaceuticals' $325 million follow-on public common stock offering.

Julie Allen represented Icahn Enterprises on a $500 million offering of high-yield bonds. She co-heads the firm's capital markets group.

Michael Woronoff represented GNC on a number of transactions including a $615 million secondary offering of common stock. He maintains a healthy profile for his representation of clients on an array of debt and equity transactions.

Justin Breen is "commercial," "highly creative and highly thoughtful," say clients. He represented Citigoup and others as joint bookrunning managers on WCI Communities' $200 million offering of senior notes.

Significant clients General Nutrition Centers, Imperial Capital, Jefferies & Company, Lazard Capital Markets, Suburban Propane.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise representing issuers, private equity firms and underwriters on an array of transactions. Strong profile for its work in the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find the quality across the board is really good."

Work highlights Advised The TJX Companies on a senior unsecured notes offering with a value of $500 million.

Represented Taylor Morrison Home on its $628 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

The practice is headed by key contacts Paul Kinsella and Patrick O'Brien.

Significant clients Dunkin’ Brands, Bright Horizons, Avaya, Liberty Global, Michael's Stores.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Healthy reputation for its prowess in multijurisdictional transactions, with particular strength in Latin America. Underwriters speak highly of the service on complex deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm puts its clients first and delivers services that exceed our expectations." 

"They were very knowledgeable in helping us negotiate and they have great credibility." 

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley as global coordinator and others as representatives of the initial purchasers in the $14.7 billion Rule 144A offering of senior notes in six tranches by AbbVie.

Represented Merrill Lynch and others as joint bookrunning managers on a $3 billion registered shelf takedown of investment grade senior notes by Precision Castparts.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Evans is an experienced capital markets lawyers whom clients praise for his "very practical and user-friendly" approach. He represented Morgan Stanley and Citigroup as underwriters in Cobalt International Energy's $1 billion registered offering of common stock.

"Team player" David Beveridge is "very calm and thoughtful," and "extremely knowledgeable on securities laws," market sources report. He is the firm's global managing partner.

Stephen Giove represented Viacom on three investment grade offerings with an aggregate value of $1.2 billion. He enjoys a healthy reputation for his advice to clients on a range of transactions.

Antonia Stolper is experienced in representing clients on transactions relating to Latin America. Clients praise her for her "very smart and very direct" approach to transactions.

"High-quality attorney" Michael Benjamin is "very commercial," say clients. He is held in high regard for his expertise on a range of debt and equity transactions.

Significant clients JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank Securities, Wells Fargo Securities, Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and New York.

What the team is known for Recommended for its expertise in representing underwriters on investment grade debt transactions. Also advises issuers and underwriters on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Strong in the real estate sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They stand out from my perspective because they are very responsive, knowledgeable and provide balanced advice."

"They understand our structure and business well." 

Work highlights Represented BNP Paribas and others as underwriters on two offerings of notes by Daimler Finance North America totaling $5.25 billion.

Represented West Corporation on its $425.5 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Petrosky recently advised the underwriters, Goldman Sachs and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in National Bank's $137.6 million IPO. He co-heads the firm's capital markets group.

Samir Gandhi is known by his clients to be a "very commercial lawyer." He recently represented AmTrust Financial Services on its $115 million offering of noncumulative preferred stock.

Eric Haueter represented the underwriters on Weyerhaeuser's $925.5 million offering of common stock and $690 million offering of preferred stock. He is a frequent choice for both issuers and underwriters on a diverse range of transactions.

James O'Connor is highly regarded for his representation of underwriters and issuers on capital markets deals. His areas of expertise include IPOs, preferred stock offerings and the full array of debt transactions.

Norman Slonaker represented Barclays Capital and others on Liberty Interactive's offering of $850 million of convertible notes. He is highly respected in the market for his extensive transactional experience.

Significant clients Aon, Colgate-Palmolive, Morgan Stanley, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, Western Union.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and New York.

What the team is known for Strong reputation for its representation of issuers and underwriters on a balanced array of transactions. Expertise on IPOs and private equity-related work is particularly highly lauded.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand how the workflow takes place at a large investment bank."

"Top-notch with a deep bench. I view them as outstanding."

What's new? Arthur Robinson now heads the capital markets group.

Work highlights Represented the underwriters led by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Securities and others as joint bookrunners on the $1.2 billion IPO of Realogy and on secondary offerings with a total value of $2.9 billion.

Represented Merrill Lynch, Barclays and others as joint bookrunning managers on an offering by Concho Resources of $850 million of senior notes.

Represented Ingersoll-Rand on its Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings totaling $1.55 billion of senior notes.

Notable practitioners  

William Hinman is "knowledgeable, with extremely good judgment," and "adds value to a transaction," impressed market sources report. He represented the underwriters led by Merrill Lynch and others on a registered public offering by Agilient Technologies of $600 million of senior notes.

According to clients, Joshua Ford Bonnie is "practical and creative," and "gives sound advice." He represented the underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs on Artisan Partners Asset Management's $331.62 million IPO.

John Lobrano is "smart and highly attuned" to the market, sources report. He is acclaimed by market sources for his astute representation of clients.

Joseph Kaufman is "calm, experienced and does a great job" for his clients. He advised HCA on its high-yield offering of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.

Arthur Robinson is highly rated by clients for his understanding of the commercial aspects of transactions. He advised the underwriters led by Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs on Smithfield Foods' issuance of $1 billion of senior notes.

Edward Tolley represented Pinnacle Foods on its $580 million IPO. His clients include private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Kenneth Wallach is a respected option to advise issuers and underwriters on a range of debt and equity transactions. He advised Algeco Scotsman on several high-yield debt offerings, including its issuance of $1.08 billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes.

Significant clients CBRE, Citigroup Global Markets, Dollar General, Microsoft, Oaktree Capital.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Involved in high-value, complex debt and equity transactions for an array of significant issuer and underwriter clients. Well-respected choice for handling high-profile IPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work is high-quality and they solve problems with us." 

"They are wonderfully focused on responsive client service."

Work highlights Represented Pfizer on the $2.6 billion IPO of its animal health business, Zoetis.

Advised Realogy on a $500 million senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

Phyllis Korff is described by clients as "the person who finds solutions not problems." She advised Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets and others as joint bookrunning managers on the high-value IPO of Brixmor Property.

David Goldschmidt is "very knowledgeable, very experienced and not just a good lawyer but also a good businessperson," say sources. His clients include investment banks and international and US issuers.

Stacy Kanter is praised for her intelligent and innovative approach to advising clients. She advised Mylan on the Rule 144A/Regulation S private placement of $1.15 billion of senior notes.

Gregg Noel is a "very practical" capital markets expert. He is a frequent choice for IPOs and an array of debt transactions.

Richard Aftanas is "very focused on applying technical law in a pragmatic way to solve your problems," according to clients. He advised Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and Morgan Stanley as lead initial purchasers in Crown Castle International's $1.65 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of senior notes.

Gregory Fernicola is "technically very strong" and "really practical," clients say. He advised CEMEX on a number of transactions, including the $1.1 billion IPO of CEMEX Latam Holdings.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank Securities, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, QIWI, Travelport.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Highly endorsed for its expertise on high-end domestic and international transactions. Offers extensive expertise to major clients on complex debt and equity transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"If I want to talk to the smartest guy on the street I call Sullivan."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in a number of AT&T notes offerings, including a $4 billion offering of senior notes.

Represented ING U.S. on its $1.27 billion common stock IPO.

Notable practitioners  

"Exceptional lawyer" Robert Buckholz is "super-smart and takes a very reasonable and practical view," market sources say. He represents a series of high-profile clients including AIG.

David Harms is acclaimed by clients for his "encyclopedic knowledge of securities laws" and ability to "apply it in a really pragmatic way." He advises both issuers and underwriters on a range of transactions.

Jay Clayton is a respected choice to represent clients on an array of capital markets transactions. He has notable expertise on IPO transactions.  

Robert Downes is praised by clients for his advice on both debt and equity transactions. One client said: "He is one of the most knowledgeable in this area I've come across."

William Williams advised the underwriters on a SEC-registered global bonds offering by the United Mexican States with a value of $1.5 billion. He is well known for his expertise on international offerings by Latin American, European and Japanese issuers.

Significant clients Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, GETCO Financing Escrow, Dish DBS, Goldman Sachs, RBC Capital Markets.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Houston.

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for its representation of a balanced roster of issuer and underwriter clients on transactions in the energy sector. A respected adviser on offerings of debt, equity and convertible securities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"On capital market deals, Vinson & Elkins routinely provides quality representation of underwriters."

"They are great. They definitely represent us well and ensure that we are where we need to be."  

Work highlights Represented MarkWest Energy partners in three common units offerings with an aggregate value in excess of $1.4 billion.

Advised FMC Technologies on a senior notes offering with a value of $800 million.  

Notable practitioners  

"Very good underwriter-side counsel" Mark Kelly receives particular acclaim for his expertise in transactions in the energy sector. He has advised Western Gas on a number of transactions including a $520 million senior notes offering.

David Oelman receives praise for his expertise on transactions relating to MLPs. He represented Plains All American Pipeline on a $750 million senior notes offering and three offerings of common units.

Significant clients Wells Fargo Securities, Hi-Crush Partners, Citigroup, JPMorgan Securities, Argent Energy Trust.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Frequently advises private equity portfolio companies on equity matters. Experienced in investment grade debt, IPOs, and secondary and follow-on equity offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is a quality firm." 

Work highlights Represented Brookfield Utilities Issuer UK on its private placement of senior notes with values of GBP400 million and $300 million.

Advised Altisource Residential on its $323 million follow-on offering of common stock.

Notable practitioners  

David Lefkowitz advised GE Capital on its issuance of $1 billion of preferred stock. Satisfied clients speak highly of his negotiation skills.

Matthew Bloch is "incredibly responsive" and "technically superb," according to impressed market sources. He has represented DIRECTV on several transactions including an offering of $750 million of investment grade senior notes.

Significant clients Advent International, Barclays, CCMP Capital Advisors, Generac Holdings, Vantiv.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Highly sought after for its work representing clients in the technology sector on IPOs and other equity offerings. Also handles an array of debt transactions.

Work highlights Represented Splunk on its $331.8 million follow-on offering.

Represented Cornerstone OnDemand on its $253 million convertible senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Saper is held in high regard by both peers and clients. His highlights include representing the underwriters in Infoblox's $100 million follow-on offering.  

Significant clients Active Power, Gigamon, Infosys Technology, Netflix, JPMorgan Securities.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Donald Murray of Covington & Burling LLP is "highly experienced, professional and accessible," impressed clients say. His recent highlights include representing the underwriters led by Jefferies & Company and Leerink on OncoMed Pharmaceuticals' $93.8 million IPO.

James Lebovitz of Dechert LLP recently represented the underwriters including Stifel and Lazard Capital Markets as bookrunning managers on Aratana Therapeutics' $34.5 million IPO.

Valerie Ford Jacob recently joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She is praised for her "knowledgeable and smart" approach to representing clients on transactions. She represented the underwriters on a number of debt offerings by Procter & Gamble including advising Citigroup and others on the company's issuance of $1 billion of notes, while at her previous firm.

Michael Levitt recently joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. While at his previous firm he represented Merck & Co in its offering of notes with an aggregate value of $2.5 billion. He advises clients on a wide range of transactions.

Paul Tropp recently joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. While at his previous firm he represented the underwriters including Merrill Lynch in Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital's $166.6 million IPO. He receives positive market feedback for his representation of financial institutions on debt and equity transactions.

Edward Best of Mayer Brown LLP recently represented Isle of Capri Casinos in its $350 million Rule 144A/Regulation S issuance of senior notes. He has particular expertise in offerings by financial institutions.

The "smart and commercial" Rod Miller of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is a respected option to represent issuers, underwriters and investors on a range of transactions. "His experience is invaluable to us," say clients. 

Michael Schiavone of O'Melveny & Myers LLP represented the underwriters led by JPMorgan Securities and Barclays Capital in Thermo Fisher Scientific's $2.53 billion common stock offering. Clients commend his judgment and commercial awareness.

San Francisco-based Peter Healy of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a well-respected capital markets practitioner. He frequently represents issuers and underwriters in an array of transactions.

Ronald Brody of White & Case LLP is recognized for his expertise in representing underwriters on high-yield products transactions. He advises clients from across a wide array of industries.

Colin Diamond of White & Case LLP is "extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and very responsive," say clients. He advised Morgan Stanley and others as joint bookrunning managers on Quintiles Transnational Holdings' $1.1 billion IPO. 

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