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


THE FIRM This team attracts the particular respect of the business community for its representation of investment banks in high-yield debt transactions. It also has an impressive track record across the spectrum of debt and equity work. Recent highlights include advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch as sole dealer manager and solicitation agent on a $15.7 billion bond exchange offer by CIT Group.

Commercial Awareness "They take the approach of not just identifying issues, but proactively coming up with solutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Hartnett is a favored choice of investment banks and public and private companies to represent them in debt and equity transactions. His recent highlights include advising Morgan Stanley as sole book-running manager on Aircastle's $64.5 million secondary public offering of common stock.  

Jonathan Schaffzin "knows the issues and makes good judgment calls," impressed sources report. He represented Morgan Stanley and others as joint book-running managers, and UBS Investment Bank as co-manager, in two Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings by Kinetic Concepts of $1.75 billion and $750 million. 

James Clark recently represented JP Morgan Securities and other initial purchasers on a $3.25 billion placement by CIT Group. He is a highly respected capital markets lawyer who is particularly recognized for his expertise in high-yield debt transactions.  

John Tripodoro maintains a formidable reputation for his representation of banks on debt and equity offerings. He recently represented Credit Suisse Securities as lead underwriter in the $97 million offering of common stock by Hercules Offshore.

Douglas Horowitz is commended by market sources for his highly practical approach. He recently advised Barclays Capital as initial purchaser on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by CDW LLC and CDW Finance of $130 million of 8.5% senior notes due 2019.

THE FIRM This team maintains its outstanding reputation for advising both issuers and underwriters on key transactions including IPOs, equity offerings, and convertible and secured debt offerings. Highlights include representing Nationstar Mortgage Holdings in its $250 million IPO and Credit Suisse Group as issuer in a $2 billion offering of tier 2 buffer capital notes.

Sources say: "The sheer brain power of their practice is impressive." "They are consistently good no matter who the partner is and their associates are also very good."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Beller is "practical" and "in tune with the SEC," sources say. Clients recommend his advice on corporate governance matters.

Leslie Silverman is a lawyer whose advice on complex legal issues related to underwriting is frequently sought by clients. He was counsel to Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse as underwriters on Transocean's public offering of $1.2 billion of shares and a registered public offering of $2.5 billion of senior notes.

Craig Brod recently advised The Hartford Financial Services Group on a $2.15 billion capital raising which included an offering of 7.875% fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2042 and a $1.55 billion offering of senior debt in three tranches.

Nicolas Grabar is "smart, calm, thoughtful and quick," admiring sources report. He continues to have a particularly impressive reputation for his representation of Mexican and Brazilian companies.

Jeffrey Karpf has "great judgment," is "highly thorough" and "always calm and collected," clients say. He recently represented the underwriters in the sale by the US Department of Treasury of approximately $5.75 billion of American International Group (AIG) common stock.

David Lopez is praised by sources for his "highly thoughtful" and "collaborative" approach. His recent highlights include representing LyondellBasell Industries on a $2 billion offering of 5% senior notes due 2019, and a $1 billion offering of 5.75% senior notes due 2024.

THE FIRM The strong team at this firm receives plaudits from interviewees for the high quality of its representation of issuers and underwriters on transactions such as IPOs, equity offerings, and high-yield and investment grade debt. Recent highlights include advising Time Warner on its $1 billion registered debt offering and the underwriters, led by Credit Suisse, on Community Health Systems's $1.2 billion registered high-yield senior debt offering.

Client Service "They collaborate seamlessly to ensure they deliver their firm's absolute best on every client matter."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kris Heinzelman is "highly thoughtful" and a "terrific lawyer," sources say. He recently represented the underwriters led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and others in a $2 billion registered debt offering by Hewlett-Packard.

Stephen Burns "gets to the point very quickly," "has a fabulous knowledge of what is going on in the market" and is "highly user-friendly," sources say. His highlights include advising the initial purchasers on a $230 million Rule 144A/Regulation S senior convertible debt offering by DFC Global.

Andrew Pitts "does his job highly rigorously, but with an attitude and bedside manner that are enviable," market sources say. He represented Citigroup as underwriter in FleetCor Technologies' $249 million secondary offering of common stock.

William Fogg advised the underwriters, led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan, on Freeport-McMoRan Cooper & Gold's $3 billion registered senior debt offering. Clients highly acclaim his practical judgment on complex issues.

Craig Arcella frequently represents both corporate clients and financial institutions in a range of capital markets transactions. He recently advised the underwriters led by Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and UBS Investment Bank on a $1.5 billion registered debt offering by the State of Israel.

John White is a "great thinker" who sources report "has a command of the intersection of accounting and disclosure that is really superb." He represented Rock-Tenn in its $750 million Rule 144A/Regulation S debt offering.

William Rogers is acclaimed by sources for his commercial understanding and hands-on approach to transactions. His highlights include representing Gaslog in its $329 million IPO.

William Whelan has "a complete grasp of all the legal issues, but can give practical advice, too" and he "can advise on risk but also on the practicalities of those risks coming to fruition and on ways to minimize risks," clients say. He advises investment banks and issuers on IPOs, high-yield and investment grade debt, and equity offerings.

Erik Tavzel represented DHT in its $80 million offering of common stock and series A participating preferred stock. He counts a number of Canadian public companies among his clients.

THE FIRM This outstanding team is roundly commended by sources for its strength in advising financial institutions and corporates on a range of sophisticated capital markets transactions. Banking clients also highly rate its representation in high-yield product offerings; it recently represented Goldman Sachs as lead underwriter in Hologic's $1 billion high-yield notes offering. Other highlights include advising Cobalt International Energy on its $1.7 billion SEC-registered primary and secondary offering of common stock.  

Client Service "The culture of the firm is excellent, they believe in team work and we know we'll always get the best from them."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "creative" Alan Denenberg is "thoughtful, smart and reasonable," impressed sources say. His recent highlights include advising Goldman Sachs as lead book-running manager, and the joint book-running managers and co-managers on the $123 million IPO of Yelp.

Sarah Beshar is "cool under fire" and has a "demeanor and disposition which projects calm and confidence," clients say. She advised the joint book-running managers, including Credit Suisse Securities, on the $600 million registered notes offering by Praxair.

Bruce Dallas "knows the markets well" and "has a sophisticated understanding of his audience and the ability to communicate at different levels," clients say. He advised Comcast on its SEC-registered debt offering of $2.25 billion of notes.

Joseph Hall advised Citigroup Global Markets and others as representatives of the initial purchasers on ING US's Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes. Sources say he is a "highly thoughtful and well respected lawyer."

The "fantastic" and "highly practical" Richard Truesdell is roundly acclaimed by interviewees for his legal knowledge, his extensive experience and his market insight. His recent work highlights include advising Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Securities and Goldman Sachs as joint book-running managers on the $1.1 billion IPO of Michael Kors.

Michael Kaplan is "extremely bright and extremely knowledgeable," "really user friendly" and "has precedents at his fingertips and a good understanding of the documents and what works and what does not work and why," sources say. He recently advised Merrill Lynch and others as representatives of the underwriters on the $490 million IPO of Rexnord.

Richard Sandler provides clients with "business sense and practical advice on a real time basis," market sources say. He represented JP Morgan Securities and others as representatives of the underwriters in Vantiv's $575 million IPO.

Deanna Kirkpatrick is commended by sources for her highly practical approach to advising clients. She advised Cigna on an SEC-registered debt shelf takedown of up to $2.1 billion, and on an SEC-registered equity shelf takedown of up to $650 million.

THE FIRM This team maintains a strong and growing profile for its representation of corporations and financial institutions in the full spectrum of debt and equity transactions. It recently represented The Carlyle Group in the $274.5 million secondary offering of common stock in Triumph Group. Other key clients at this firm include Access Industries, Booz Allen Hamilton and Morgan Stanley.

Sources say: "They are deeply expert, get the job done and are user-friendly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Loughran is "smart and knowledgeable" and a "hard worker" with "good judgment," sources say. He is held in high esteem by both issuers and underwriters. Recent highlights include representing The ServiceMaster Company in its $600 million offering of 8% senior notes due 2020.

David Brittenham is a "proactive thinker who is able to offer solutions" and is "helpful in bringing practical knowledge" to transactions. He represented HD Supply in its notes offerings totaling $2.382 billion.

Steven Slutzky recently advised Reynolds Group on its $1.25 billion offering of 9.875% senior notes due 2019. He frequently represents issuers and underwriters in transactions such as IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and debt offerings.

THE FIRM This busy team is highly respected for its balanced practice advising underwriters and corporates on the full spectrum of debt and equity transactions. Recent highlights include representing Humana in its $1 billion senior notes offering.

Commercial Awareness "They really know market conditions, so get you good terms."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Valerie Jacob "has had decades of experience and access to the investment banking community at the highest levels" and as a result she "tells us what is achievable in transactions," clients say. She is chairperson of the firm and head of the firm's global capital markets group.

Stuart Gelfond is commended by sources for his rigorous and methodical approach to problem-solving. He recently represented the underwriters in Medley Capital's $68.75 million offering of common stock.

Daniel Bursky is "extremely commercial" and is praised by interviewees for his ability to identify and focus on what is important to clients. He recently represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch as representatives of the underwriters in Armstrong World Industries' public offering of $265.2 million of common stock.

Michael Levitt has a "vast and excellent knowledge of the capital markets," clients say. He represented the underwriters in Ares Capital's $428.2 million offering of common stock.

Paul Tropp is "highly thoughtful and willing to be helpful" and "always available and always has the team on task in completing things," satisfied clients report. He represented the underwriters in Ellington Financial's $87.9 million offering of common stock.

THE FIRM This team continues to receive strong plaudits from interviewees for the impressive quality of its securities regulation practice and for its transactional work. It recently advised Kraft Foods on a notes offering. Other notable clients include Intel, Williams Partners and Wells Fargo.

Sources say: "They are all highly bright and knowledgeable and handle things with a great deal of confidence but are also very good to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Fabens is a "strong and knowledgeable lawyer" who is highly regarded for his representation of companies on a range of debt and equity transactions. His clients include Heineken, Moody's and

THE FIRM The team at this firm is particularly praised by sources for its representation of private equity funds and their affiliate companies on debt and equity transactions including high-yield debt matters. Recent highlights include advising Clear Channel Outdoor on its issue of $2.2 billion senior subordinated notes due 2020 by its subsidiary, Clear Channel Worldwide. Other key clients include Apax, Avis Budget and Kellogg.

Client Service "They are very prompt and accommodate us no matter how unfair our timetable is."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joshua Korff is "highly smart," "highly practical" and is commended by sources for his business-minded approach to issues. He has notable expertise in public and private financings.

THE FIRM The highly sought-after team at this firm is praised by market sources for the high quality of its advice to clients on a range of debt and equity transactions including IPOs, secondary offerings, high-yield and investment grade bonds. Recent highlights include representing Intermolecular in its $96.5 million IPO. It also advised Hyatt Hotels on senior notes offerings totaling $500 million.

Client Service "Latham & Watkins provides superior service and exceptional legal and business advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Jaffe has "deep legal knowledge, but applies it in a user-friendly and commercial way" and has "great judgment and is a problem solver," impressed clients say. He recently represented soccer franchise Manchester United in its IPO.

Kirk Davenport is "highly keen on making sure his clients are happy and he'll do anything for his clients." He advises a wide array of clients on the full range of capital markets transactions.

Ian Schuman is a "very good adviser" who "you want in the trenches with you," clients report. His areas of expertise include IPOs, high-yield offerings and public and private equity offerings.

Michael Chambers is a Houston, Texas-based lawyer with a good reputation for advising clients on transactions in the oil and gas industry. Clients praise his legal and market knowledge.

Greg Rodgers "really knows the technicalities of what he does" and is "always available and has great judgment as well." He focuses on high-yield and convertible securities.

THE FIRM This team is held in high esteem for its diverse array of transactions including IPOs, preferred stock offerings and investment grade offerings. It represented National Bank of Canada in the establishment of a $5 billion medium-term bank note program. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Resolution Committee of Landsbanki and RBC Capital Markets.

Sources say: "They are responsive and highly knowledgeable about the financial markets and financial institutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Tanenbaum is praised by sources as a "highly effective and tough negotiator." He represented the underwriters in Capital One Financial's $1.25 billion issue of common stock.

THE FIRM This team frequently handles a range of transactions for issuer clients operating in industries which include telecoms, fashion and energy. Recent highlights include representing Michael Kors in its $1.1 billion IPO and its $1.35 billion secondary offering. Other clients of this team include Apollo Global Management, Time Warner and Morgan Stanley.  

Commercial Awareness "We get a business-like service in the sense these are lawyers who come to us with solutions rather than problems."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Kennedy is "highly knowledgeable and efficient," market sources say. He advised the US Department of the Treasury as selling shareholder on several transactions including four private and public auctions of preferred stocks and warrants in 37 different banks and holding companies.

Gregory Ezring is praised by market sources for the creativity and elegance of his solutions. He represented EP Energy on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of $2 billion of 9.375% senior notes due 2020, and $750 million of 6.875% of senior secured notes due 2019.

THE FIRM The team at this firm has a balanced and growing practice representing sponsors, corporates and investment banks on high-yield and investment grade bond transactions, IPOs, Rule 144A/Regulation S and private placements. Recent highlights include representing Solera Capital as sponsor and selling stockholder in the $109 million IPO by Annie's. Other clients include Lazard Capital, Piper Jaffray and the National Basketball Association.

Client Service "They pride themselves on creative solutions and total client service." "It is a very responsive service with advice and counsel that makes sense in the real world in which we operate."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frank Lopez co-heads the global capital markets practice with Julie Allen, and "combines exceptional technical expertise with a focus on business solutions," satisfied clients report. He recently represented Celgene in a $1.5 billion offering of senior unsecured notes.

Julie Allen recently represented Grifols in a $1.3 billion offering of ADRs. She is "absolutely fearless," "bright and driven" and "good for when you need a tough lawyer," impressed clients say.

"Problem solver" Stuart Bressman is "good at taking highly complex issues and being creative about solutions," clients state. His highlights include representing Credit Agricole (USA) Securities in an ATM offering by Chicago Bridge & Iron with an approximate value of $300 million.

Michael Woronoff represented 99 Cents Only in a $250 million high-yield bond offering. He heads the firm's LA office and its West Coast corporate and securities practice.

Justin Breen is "incredibly hardworking, tireless and also highly smart and creative," sources say. He has recently advised Jefferies and Company on several transactions including Acadia Healthcare's $150 million offering of 12.875% senior notes due 2018.

THE FIRM The team at Ropes & Gray enters the rankings this year due to the plaudits it has received for its work representing corporates, underwriters and other market participants in a range of transactions. It represented the lead underwriters in Zynga's $1 billion IPO. Other clients include Bain Capital, GoldenTree Asset Management and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

Sources say: "They are excellent lawyers and have a very deep bench."

KEY INDIVIDUALS A key contact at the firm is Patrick O'Brien.

THE FIRM This group is highly regarded for its representation of corporates and financial institutions on a diverse array of securities transactions. It has a significant footprint in Latin America and in Canada. Recent work includes advising B/E Aerospace on its $800 million registered public offering of reopened high-yield senior notes.

Sources say: "They are very user-friendly and adept at understanding the needs and sensitivities of the various stakeholders."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Beveridge is a "market leader" and "someone who can cut through all of it and get a deal done," sources say. He represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Steel Dynamics' Rule 144A/Regulation S registered rights offering of $750 million of high-yield senior notes.

Robert Evans is commended by sources as "highly even tempered" and for adopting an approach on transactions which is "a good mix of academic and practical." He represented Morgan Stanley and others as joint bookrunners in American Airlines' registered offering of investment grade Class A pass-through certificates.

Stephen Giove recently represented Viacom in registered offerings of senior notes and debentures totaling $1.6 billion. His areas of expertise include offerings of common stock, preferred stock and high-yield and investment grade debt.

Antonia Stolper heads the firm's Capital Markets - Americas and Latin America sections. She recently represented Inversiones La Construccion in its global offering of common stock with a value of $468 million.  

THE FIRM The group at Sidley Austin is a favored choice of issuers, underwriters and other market participants on a range of transactions including IPOs, ATM offerings and investment grade senior and subordinated debt matters. It has recently represented the underwriters in resales by the US Treasury of TARP preferred stock in more than 30 financial institutions. Other key clients include Aon, Caterpillar Financial Services and eBay.

Sources say: "They have much experience in the markets and are a proactive and practical team."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Highly practical lawyer" Edward Petrosky is well thought of by interviewees for his focus on finding solutions for his clients. He was recently designated underwriter counsel on two notes offerings by Simon Property Group totaling $3 billion.

Samir Gandhi recently represented the underwriters in ABB's $2.5 billion notes offering. He frequently advises clients in the financial services, industrials and clean energy sectors.  

Eric Haueter is commended by sources for his accurate business-oriented advice on a range of capital markets transactions. His highlights include representing the underwriters in Occidental Petroleum's $2.15 billion offering of senior notes.

James O'Connor recently represented Deutsche Bank as underwriter in Flower Foods' $400 million notes offering. One client said: "His counsel is not only practical, but highly detailed, understandable and presented in a way that makes it easier for an in-house counsel to do his or her job."

"Fantastic lawyer" Norman Slonaker is a "highly smart man and a gentleman, to boot," sources say. He was underwriters' counsel on an offering by 3M of $650 million of 1.0% notes due 2017, and $600 million of 2.0% notes due 2022.

THE FIRM This team attracts the respect of the business community for its balanced representation of issuers and underwriters on the full spectrum of debt, equity and equity-linked transactions. It has recently advised Oaktree Capital Group on its IPO and the initial purchasers led by Barclays and others on Kraft Foods' Rule 144A/Regulation S $6 billion offering of notes. Other key clients include L-3 Communications, Peabody Energy and Citigroup Global Markets.

Client Service "They give us top-notch advice." "They are creative, flexible, smart and goal oriented."

Commercial Awareness "They are very down-to-earth lawyers and give us good, practical advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Arthur Robinson is "highly methodical," "commercial and collaborative" and he "understands our business well," impressed sources say. He is head of the firm's capital markets group.

Palo Alto-based William Hinman is "excellent" and "really well connected," clients report. He represented the underwriters in Facebook's $16 billion IPO.

Glenn Reiter has impressed interviewees with his practical know-how. His recent work includes representing BRF-Brasil Foods in a $250 million offering of additional 5.875% senior notes due 2022.

John Lobrano frequently advises clients on securities offerings including convertible notes and high-yield debt financings. He has advised a range of clients on international securities offerings.

Edward Tolley is "commercial, talented and effective in representing his clients," sources say. He has recently represented the underwriters notes Philip Morris International's offerings of $2.9 billion of notes.

Joshua Ford Bonnie is commended by clients for his "highly practical approach" and "analyzing the risks well." He recently represented The Carlyle Group in its $671 million IPO.

Kenneth Wallach is "highly commercial" and is "good at explaining pros and cons," clients say. His areas of expertise include representing issuers and underwriters on high-yield bond offerings, IPOs and investment-grade debt offerings.

Since publication, Glenn M Reiter has retired from this practice.

THE FIRM This group continues to receive plaudits from impressed market sources for its representation of underwriters and issuers in a range of complex and sophisticated transactions. Its areas of expertise include the biotechnology, e-commerce and consumer products industries. Highlights include representing Pfizer in the 2013 IPO of some 17% of Zoetis.

Client Service "Whenever we needed them they were there and everything was done on time." "They are there 24 hours a day." 

Commercial Awareness "They are extremely knowledgeable on debt instruments and the debt market; they live and breathe it every day."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Goldschmidt is "incredibly thoughtful" and "really took the time to understand the issues," satisfied clients say. He represented Tumi Holdings in its $389 million IPO.

Phyllis Korff is "responsive," "quick" and "everybody respects her," clients report. She represented the bookrunners and the co-managers in The Carlyle Group's $671 million IPO.

Gregg Noel is a well-respected attorney who has an excellent reputation for his legal expertise and practical approach. He represented Westfield Group (Australia) in its finance subsidiary's $1 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of 4.625% senior guaranteed notes due 2021.

Practice co-head Stacy Kanter is roundly praised by interviewees, with one client saying: "She is very good at explaining difficult concepts to management and the board."

Gregory Fernicola has advised CEMEX on five exchange offers for approximately $2 billion of outstanding securities which included the issue of high-yield secured notes. He is a respected choice for clients conducting innovative transactions.

Richard Aftanas is commended by clients for "connecting a lot of the dots between disciplines." His highlights include representing Coca-Cola on a series of transactions including a $2.75 billion notes offering in three tranches.

THE FIRM This team has a strong reputation for its representation of issuers and underwriters in complex debt and equity transactions. Recent highlights include representing the underwriters led by Goldman Sachs and others in ADT's $2.5 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S guaranteed bonds offering. It has also represented Barclays Bank as selling stockbroker in BlackRock's $4.61 billion SEC-registered follow-on equity offering of common stock. Other key clients at this firm include CIT Group, Fortescue Metals and Cablevision.

Sources say: "They do first-class work; I think they're one of the best."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Buckholz is "really knowledgeable, really smart, highly experienced" and "has great judgment," sources say. He recently represented AIG in its $2 billion registered public notes offering.

David Harms is described by sources as "excellent" and "terrific." His highlights include representing a consortium of underwriters in several AT&T notes offerings, including a $3 billion global notes offering.

Robert Downes recently advised the dealer managers, led by BNP Paribas Securities and others, on Coca-Cola's $2 billion unregistered notes offering and its offer to exchange $2 billion of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA's outstanding debt securities. He is a highly respected choice for public and private equity and debt securities offerings.

Jay Clayton is praised for his excellent client service skills. He advises a range of clients on the full spectrum of debt and equity offerings.

William Williams is well known for his expertise in international securities offerings. He has considerable experience in advising clients on the regulation of securities offerings.

THE FIRM This team continues to excel at representing clients on transactions in the energy sector and has notable expertise in master limited partnerships (MLP). It recently represented Plains All American Pipeline in a $455 million common units offering and a $1.25 billion senior notes offering. Other notable clients include Anadarko Petroleum, Southwest Airlines and Barclays Capital.

Commercial Awareness "They are a real powerhouse in the energy world."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Kelly earns the respect of market participants for his expertise in representing clients in MLP-related transactions. He recently advised Western Gas partners on a $520 million senior notes offering, and offerings of common units for $219 million and $206 million.

David Oelman remains a popular choice for MLPs, exploration and production companies and royalty trusts. He represented Energy Transfer Partners in a $2 billion senior notes offering.  

THE FIRM This team is highly regarded for its representation of issuers, sponsors and underwriters on all types of debt and equity transactions. It recently represented Vantiv in its $575 million IPO. The client base at this firm includes Barclays, Estée Lauder and Genworth Financial.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "wonderful" David Lefkowitz recently advised GE Capital on its $2.25 billion issue of fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock.

Matthew Bloch "tells it how it is" and "cuts right to the chase," impressed clients say. He represented DIRECTV in an issue of $4 billion of investment grade bonds.   

THE FIRM This team maintains its strong profile for representing corporates and investment banks on the full range of transactions, with a notable presence in the technology sector. Highlights include advising Palo Alto Networks, WageWorks and Splunk on IPOs. Other clients include Fusion-io, LinkedIn and Micron Technology.

Sources say: "They have a good market presence and are fine lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeff Saper "commands the respect of boards of directors and provides sensible, practical advice," enthusiastic clients say. He recently represented Guideware Software in its $260 million follow-on offering.

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James Lebovitz of Dechert LLP is "exceptionally responsive," "business-minded" and gives clients "sound counsel," sources say. He represented Leerink Swann and Cowen and Company as underwriters in the $65.55 million common stock offering by Amicus Therapeutics.

Edward Best of Mayer Brown LLP is "highly user-friendly, dedicated and flexible," clients say. His recent highlights include representing Caisse central Desjardins in the establishment of its EUR7 billion global MTN program.

Philip Niehoff of Mayer Brown LLP is "meticulous, knowledgeable and forthright" and "gives answers which are clear, concise and correct," impressed clients report. He advised Home Loan Servicing Solutions on its $196.67 million IPO.

Rod Miller of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is highly respected in the market for his work on IPOs, follow-on offerings and for issues of securities connected with restructurings. 

Michael Schiavone of O'Melveny & Myers LLP joins the team from Shearman & Sterling. "He understands market standards and where deviations from market standards lie," and has "great presence for difficult conversations," sources say. He recently represented the underwriters in the $350 million offering of Markel 4.90% notes due 2022.

Peter Healy of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is "highly seasoned" and is commended for his "steady hand," market sources say. His highlights include representing the underwriters in AvalonBay Communities's $725.4 million common stock offering.

Ronald Brody of White & Case LLP is commended by sources for his skillful handling of high-yield securities transactions. He continues to be a respected choice of investment banks.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.