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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 Unparalleled breadth in high-yield transactions. Regularly acts for underwriters in major bond issuances including acquisition financing transactions, and has impressive expertise in equity work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent - best in class, just a great team." 

"They're all exceptional, exceptional lawyers." 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in Deutsche Telekom's $5.6 billion offering of T-Mobile USA's notes, as part of the merger of T-Mobile with MetroPCS.

Acted for the underwriters in Envision Healthcare's $1.1 billion IPO.

Represented the joint bookrunning managers and co-managers in THC Escrow's $4.6 billion senior notes offering, proceeds from which were used in Tenet Healthcare's acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems.

Notable practitioners

The "exceptional" James Clark is highly sought after by underwriters for his equity and high-yield debt expertise. Clients say he is "very even," and "provides good legal advice but has a very good business sense about him." He recently represented the underwriters in CIT Group's offering of $1 billion of senior unsecured notes.

Jonathan Schaffzin's recent transactions include acting for JP Morgan and Barclays as joint book-running managers in MPH Merger Sub's Rule 144A offering of $1 billion of senior notes the proceeds of which were used to finance the acquisition of MultiPlan. Market sources speak approvingly of his prowess on a range of transactions.

John Tripodoro advised the joint bookrunning managers in Renaissance Acquisition's Rule 144A offering of $575 million in senior notes, as part of KKR's buyout of Gardner Denvers. He is recommended by sources for a range of debt and equity matters.

Douglas Horowitz is acclaimed by peers for his high-yield and equity expertise. He recently acted for the lead joint bookrunning managers and initial purchasers in BMC Software Finance's $1.6 million notes offering, as part of the buyout of BMC Software.

William Hartnett is a "first-class guy," who is "highly respected in high-yield." He advised the underwriters in HCA's $3.5 billion secured notes offering.

Daniel Zubkoff maintains an impressive profile for the depth of his expertise in high-yield debt work. He advised the underwriters in a $1.6 billion notes offering by International Paper.

Significant clients UBS Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Citi.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Formidable strength in top-tier debt and equity transactions including complex cross-border matters. Acts for high-profile underwriters, issuers and selling security holders. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're terrific at helping us work through issues and getting to practical solutions. They're absolutely first-rate."

"They tend to be at the top of the pecking order on major transactions."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in Santander Consumer USA's $2 billion IPO.

Represented Credit Suisse in a series of notes issuances comprising $2.5 billion in Tier 2 capital notes, $4.75 billion in Tier 1 capital notes and $5 billion in senior notes.

Notable practitioners

Alan Beller receives plaudits for his expertise on a variety of transactions. Sources describe him as "wonderful" and an "absolutely brilliant lawyer."

Leslie Silverman "knows the answer to whatever I ask," a satisfied client reports. He acted for HSBC USA in its $2.25 billion notes offering.

Craig Brod is praised by clients for his "technical expertise and practical experience of how to move things forward." He represented the underwriters in American Express Credit Council's $2.4 billion and $2.25 billion notes offerings.

Nicolas Grabar is well known for his expertise in international deals, with particular strength advising on transactions in Latin America. Sources describe him as a "really very skilled lawyer." 

Jeffrey Karpf receives praise for his "practical focus - he appreciates that we're trying to find a solution to a problem, not trying to be a barrier to our business partners, and he does a good job of providing constructive advice." He acted for Google in its $1 billion notes offering.

David Lopez is described as an "exceptionally strong technical lawyer" who is "able to understand the multidimensional issues faced by large, global organizations," market sources say. He acted for Surgical Care Affiliates in its $270 million IPO.

Significant clients American Tower, TPG Specialty Lending, OpenText, Credit Suisse, Sabre.

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

What the team is known for Advises issuers in the technology and life sciences sectors and has excellent IPO strength. Also has notable expertise on debt transactions and representing underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're good – they're commercial, they call it the way they see it and they're very collaborative.”

“They're skilled, responsive and experienced, and everyone on the team is excellent and a pleasure to work with.” 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in LinkedIn's $1.38 billion secondary stock offering.

Represented NVIDIA in a $1.5 billion convertible senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Eric Jensen of the firm's Palo Alto office is a key contact.

Significant clients Everyday Health, Tableau Software, Zulily, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, MobileIron.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for its advice on market-leading debt and equity transactions including an impressive profile in the high-yield arena. Has an enviable roster of underwriter and issuer clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We received seasoned advice from a responsive, active team; they did a fantastic job."

"The quality of their lawyers is superb." 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in Express Scripts' $2.5 billion senior debt offering.

Acted for the underwriters in Chesapeake Energy's offering of $1.5 billion of floating-rate notes and $1.5 billion of senior notes.

Acted for UTI Worldwide in its $175 million convertible preference shares private placement and its $400 million convertible senior debt offering.

Notable practitioners

Kris Heinzelman recently represented the underwriters in Orbitz Worldwide's $57 million secondary offering of common stock. He maintains an excellent reputation for the high quality of his advice on international and domestic transactions.

Stephen Burns has "great wisdom" and is "highly competent," sources say. He acted for Crown Castle International on its $3 billion common stock offering and a $978 million convertible stock offering.

Andrew Pitts is widely acclaimed for his representation of issuers and underwriters on a range of securities offerings. He represented the underwriters on Seaspan's $345 million debt offering.

Craig Arcella's recent work includes acting for the underwriters in Johnson & Johnson's $3.5 billion debt offering. He is a respected option for IPOs, follow-on offerings and a variety of debt matters.

Securities practice leader William Whelan acted for the underwriters in TriMas's $183 million stock offering. He is an experienced and knowledgeable capital markets lawyer.

William Fogg is "very practical and knowledgeable" and  he "provides us with insights into the real sensitivities of the regulators," clients say. He acted for JP Morgan as underwriter in three debt offerings by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

William Rogers acted for GasLog Partners LP in its $203 million IPO. He is highly respected for his expertise on an array of transactions.

John White advises public companies on a broad spectrum of matters. He is chair of the firm's corporate governance and board advisory practice and a partner in the corporate department.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Xerox, IBM, Citi, Credit Suisse.

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

What the team is known for Roundly praised for the high quality of its advice on major equity and investment grade debt transactions for significant clients. A good reputation for its high-yield debt work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have the broadest knowledge of what market practice is. On a scale of one to ten they'd be ten because of their judgment on broader issues.”

“They're excellent; experienced in handling novel situations and universally respected.”

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in Hilton Worldwide's $2.7 billion IPO and $2.3 billion secondary offering.

Acted for the underwriters in GM's $4.5 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S senior notes offering.

Represented ExxonMobil in its $5.5 billion notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Richard Truesdell recently advised AES on a series of floating-rate and senior notes offerings totaling $1.775 billion. Market sources say he "fights for what is important" and his "technical knowledge and responsiveness are astounding."

Michael Kaplan is "exceptionally bright," "very accessible" and "gives very clear advice," impressed sources say. He acted in Digicel's Rule 144A/Regulation S notes issuances totaling $1.5 billion.

Richard Sandler is "absolutely terrific" and "first-rate," sources say. He advised the joint bookrunning managers on Synchrony Financial's $2.875 billion IPO.

Joseph Hall represented PepsiCo on two senior notes offerings with an aggregate value of $3.7 billion. He advises clients on a comprehensive range of capital markets transactions.

Deanna Kirkpatrick is particularly recommended by sources for her expertise on equity offerings. She represented the underwriters in RE/MAX Holdings's $253 million IPO.

John Meade acted for Hearthside Group in its $300 million senior notes offering. Market sources praise him as “responsive" and "very good at analyzing situations."

Menlo Park-based Alan Denenberg is especially highly regarded for advising clients on IPOs in the tech sector. Clients say he is "extraordinarily knowledgeable" and “runs a very efficient process."

Sarah Beshar recently advised JPMorgan Chase on its issuance of CHF200 million of Regulation S notes and JPY48.5 billion of bonds. She represents issuers and underwriters on a broad range of debt and equity offerings.

Bruce Dallas "drills down into important issues," and is "fantastic to work with," impressed clients say. He recently advised the bookrunning managers on Versartis's $145 million IPO.

Significant clients Prosensa, Delek, FedEx, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Markit.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Significant company-side strength with an impressive track record in IPOs and complex debt work. A respected choice to represent private equity funds and underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a very high-quality team – they're thoughtful and smart lawyers.”

“They're very well organized, thorough and responsive. They're outstanding.” 

Work highlights Acted in Verizon's $49 billion bond offering.

Acted in a $580 million common stock offering by Booz Allen Hamilton.

Notable practitioners

David Brittenham receives widespread acclaim for his handling of debt work. Market sources say: “He's very strong in his analysis, his sophistication, his thinking about governance and his ability to effect transactions by solving difficult covenant problems.”

Matthew Kaplan recently advised Gogo on its $187 million IPO. He is “just fantastic; extremely responsive and insightful and he cuts to the chase and makes complicated issues clear,” clients say.

Peter Loughran's practice covers a wide range of transactions and financings. He acted for Envision Healthcare in a series of transactions comprising an IPO, a notes offering and two stock issuances, totaling $3.75 billion.

Steven Slutzky's recent transactions include advising Third Point Re on its $317 million IPO. Clients say he is "really good at what he does.”

Significant clients Banco Itaú, HD Supply, International Paper, Principal Financial Group, Reynolds Group Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Advises clients on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Acts for an impressive array of domestic and international issuers and underwriters.

Work highlights Acted for 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide in its $500 million senior notes offering.

Acted for Grupo Televisa in a $1 billion senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Gelfond co-heads the US capital markets practice. Sources describe him as “excellent” and “a very talented securities lawyer.”

Practice co-head Daniel Bursky is well versed in representing issuers and underwriters and has significant private equity expertise. He represented Kenan Advantage Group in a $150 million senior notes issuance.

Significant clients Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Procter & Gamble, SPX, Under Armour.

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

What the team is known for Advises issuers and underwriters on a balanced array of debt and equity transactions. Has recent experience advising clients on IPOs in the retail, technology and consumer products sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They've done a fantastic job for us – they've been wildly successful in raising money without any hiccups.”

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in an equity offering by Kindred Healthcare, forming part of the client's acquisition of Gentiva Health Services.

Acted for Hewlett-Packard in its $2 billion global notes issue.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Fabens cochairs the firm's capital markets group advising on a wide spectrum of debt and equity work for issuers and underwriters. He recently represented GE in two bond issuances totaling $3 billion.

Significant clients Jefferies, T-Mobile, Intel, Deutsche Bank, Carnival Corporation.

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

What the team is known for Advises issuers and underwriters of all sizes. Frequently handles transactions in the technology, life sciences and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They did a very good job representing us – they were attentive, knowledgeable and timely. Just great.”

Work highlights Advised Citrix on its $1.25 billion convertible senior notes offering.

Acted for Guidewire Software in its $389 million follow-on offering.

Notable practitioners

Ettore Santucci chairs the practice and is a key contact.

Significant clients Cowen and Company, OPOWER, Gibson Guitar, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman Sachs.

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

What the team is known for Extensive issuer-side expertise with an impressive private equity client base. Frequently handles high-value IPOs and has notable strength in investment-grade and high-yield debt transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're not only experts in the letter and the spirit of the law but they've been able to bridge that with the business side. We're able to have a conversation where you say this is what I want as an outcome, and then figure out how to get there.”

“They have a very good feel for what the market terms are and they'll nudge you in the right direction.” 

Work highlights Represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in three notes offerings totaling $1.5 billion.

Acted for Community Health Systems in two senior notes offerings, totaling $4 billion.

Represented Burlington Stores in its $260.67 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Joshua Korff is described as “fantastic” and a “terrific lawyer,” receiving particular acclaim for his issuer-side work. His recent highlights include representing Ladder Capital in its $259 million IPO.

Richard Aftanas recently joined the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is praised by clients as “very practical in his advice.” He represented Moelis & Company in its $188 million IPO.

Significant clients U.S. Silica Holdings, TerraForm Power, Burger King, Kellogg, NRG Yield.

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

What the team is known for Recognized expertise on the full range of equity and debt transactions including high-yield debt. A go-to firm for a range of market participants who consistently praise the high quality of the service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have great experience and they're proactive and creative."

"They've seen anything you can see in terms of issues and considerations from a legal standpoint."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in Gogo's $187 million IPO.

Acted for the initial purchasers in Icahn Enterprises' $3.65 billion senior notes offering.

Represented the underwriters in Gilead Sciences' $4 billion senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Global practice cochair Marc Jaffe is a "fabulous lawyer" who "does great work for us" and is "always there when you need him," clients say. He advised the underwriters in La Quinta Holdings' $710 million IPO.

Ian Schuman recently advised the underwriters on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's $251.85 million IPO. Clients say he "listens to what we are trying to get across and helps us to find the right solutions.”

Senet Bischoff is “brilliant – very dedicated, very smart and quick to catch on and think outside the box, with phenomenal expertise in the field,” sources say. He has significant expertise in high-yield transactions.

Kirk Davenport is “extremely knowledgeable about the markets and structures, and very good at problem solving,” clients say. He acted for Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in two senior notes offerings by Mariposa Borrower with an aggregate value of $1.56 billion.

Greg Rodgers is acclaimed as a “go-to lawyer” and “very strong.” He represented The Container Store in its high-profile $258.75 million IPO.

Based in Houston, Michael Chambers has significant MLP expertise. Sources say: "He's very commercial - he comes up with solutions."

Significant clients Allison Transmission Holdings, Aon, Gilead Sciences, RBC Capital Markets, CONSOL Energy.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Versatile team with significant expertise in IPOs and debt offerings for a broad range of clients. Has notable underwriter-side strength including frequently handling transactions in the pharmaceuticals and real estate arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide industry expertise, client service, responsiveness and a depth of capabilities."

"They're great to work with - good and very capable." 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in a series of senior notes offerings by Bank of America totaling $7.6 billion.

Represented the underwriters in CM Finance's $115 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

James Tanenbaum advises on an extensive array of debt and equity transactions. He recently advised the underwriters in Bank of America's $1 billion depositary shares offering.

Significant clients Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo Securities, Íslandsbanki, Marrone Bio Innovations, BioLineRX.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Regularly acts for issuers on an array of debt and equity work. Formidable expertise on IPOs, with an enviable private equity client roster.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're extremely knowledgeable but also very commercial and reasonable to work with."

“We have nothing but the highest respect for them – they practice at a very high level.” 

Work highlights Represented Ralph Lauren in a $300 million senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Ezring acted for CEC Entertainment in its Rule 144A/Regulation S $255 million senior notes offering. Sources say: “He's very experienced and a great negotiator who knows the space inside and out and knows how to win points for his clients.”

John Kennedy has a "real depth of experience and he's very calm and levelheaded,” clients say. He acted for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in its $252 million IPO.

Monica Thurmond represented the underwriters in AMC Entertainment's $380 million IPO. Sources describe her as “terrific – very competent and commercial.”

Lawrence Wee is praised by sources as “a very good technician on high-yield covenants.” He has expertise advising clients on a range of debt and equity transactions.

Significant clients Michael Kors Holdings, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner Cable, Swiss Re, Intelsat.

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

What the team is known for Acts for issuers and underwriters on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Has expertise advising private equity sponsors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They bring a lot of capability and insight into the process, and they're commercial without too much legalese.”

“They're excellent. The professionalism, responsiveness and partner-level attention you receive are superior, they understand the issues and they're very proactive in solving issues.”

Work highlights Represented Icahn Enterprises in two notes offerings totaling $5 billion.

Acted for Bed, Bath & Beyond in a $1.5 billion debt offering.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Bressman is “thoughtful and practical with a deep knowledge of the technicalities and very good business judgment,” clients say. He recently represented JP Morgan Securities as underwriter and bookrunning manager in a $100 million stock offering for Sangamo BioSciences.

Julie Allen acted for Installed Building Products in its $87.6 million IPO. Clients say she is "smart, driven and always comes up with the right answer."

Los Angeles-based Michael Woronoff is “terrific; creative and available 24/7.” He represented Great Hill Partners as selling stockholder in a $41.05 million follow-on equity offering by Spark Networks.

Frank Lopez advised Citigroup Global Markets as initial purchaser in a $100 million senior notes offering by WCI Communities. Clients say: “He's a technically great guy with a good attitude and very smart and savvy on the deal side. He knows what's important and what's not.”

Significant clients UBS, Ares Capital, Celgene, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Advises issuers, underwriters and private equity sponsors on a comprehensive list of private placements and offerings.  Has a particularly good reputation for its work in the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their team is excellent. They know us and the markets, they understand sponsor concerns in particularly insightful ways, and they deliver excellent results.”

“We enjoy working with them – they're knowledgeable about the businesses and the industry and they're very reasonable to work with."

Work highlights Represented IMS Health Holdings in its $1.3 billion IPO.

Advised TJX Companies on its senior notes offering with a value of $750 million.

Notable practitioners

Paul Kinsella and Patrick O'Brien at the firm's Boston office head the department and are key contacts.

Significant clients Dunkin' Brands, Bright Horizons, Keurig Green Mountain, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Michael's Stores.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Significant underwriter-side strength and a notable international practice. Regularly acts on high-value and complex debt and equity transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're very commercial and very smart; they came up with a solution to allow us to do something we otherwise couldn't have done."

“They've done a marvelous job; they're thorough, responsive, knowledgeable and they work hard. We think the world of them.” 

Work highlights Acted for the joint bookrunning managers in Forest Laboratories' $1.8 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S senior notes offering.

Advised WebMD Health in its $300 million Rule 144A convertible notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Robert Evans's practice includes extensive experience in a range of investment grade and convertible bonds work. He recently acted for the underwriters in a $600 million convertibles takedown offering by American Tower.

Global managing partner David Beveridge is widely respected by sources. His areas of expertise include representing underwriters on debt transactions.

Michael Benjamin recently represented Jefferies Finance and JFIN Co-Issuer in a $425 million Rule 144A senior notes offering. One source says: “He was instrumental – without him, his creative thinking and his client skills, the transaction wouldn't have happened."

Significant clients Deere & Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Sprint, Ford, Viacom.

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

What the team is known for Broad-based debt expertise including regularly acting for clients in investment-grade and convertible bonds transactions. Also has significant equity experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're outstanding – we work together very closely and they understand our business. We couldn't ask for better.”

“They handled the substantive issues in a very practical way and allowed everyone to cut through what would have been a lot of noise to execute in a timely fashion.” 

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in Disney's $2 billion notes issuance.

Acted for Public Service Electric & Gas in three notes issuances totaling $1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Edward Petrosky acted for John Deere Capital in a series of nine notes issuances totaling $4.2 billion. His practice covers a range of debt and equity transactions for issuers and underwriters.

San Francisco-based Eric Haueter is highly sought after for the depth of his expertise in debt matters, regularly representing an impressive array of high-profile issuer and underwriter clients. He recently acted for eBay in a $3.5 billion debt offering.

Samir Gandhi recently acted for Athene Holding in a $1.3 billion common equity private placement. Sources describe him as “approachable and practical.”

James O'Connor is “a team player and always forward-thinking in bringing issues to us. He's thorough, helpful and responsive,” sources say. He acted for the underwriters in American Honda Finance's three-tranche, $2.75 billion notes offering, and a subsequent $1 billion fixed and floating-rate notes issuance.

Norman Slonaker maintains an impressive profile in the sector for his expertise in advising clients on debt and equity offerings. Clients appreciate his practical advice.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Aon, Western Union, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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

What the team is known for Maintains a superb profile for its work on IPOs and has received praise for its expertise on debt transactions including high-yield. Client base includes issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a very deep bench and they team you up really well with the right people."

"They're a great firm and they have a private equity client list that's the envy of everybody."

Work highlights Acted for ClubCorp Holdings and a selling stockholder in a $168.8 million IPO.

Represented CommScope in a $1.3 billion senior notes offering.

Acted for L-3 Communications in two senior notes offerings totaling $1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Josh Bonnie is “excellent – very bright and very practical,” sources say. He recently advised MasterCard on two bond offerings totaling $1.5 billion.

Palo Alto-based William Hinman acted for the underwriters in Oracle's seven-tranche notes offering totaling $10 billion. He is a respected choice to represent clients on technology sector transactions.

Arthur Robinson is widely recommended for his expertise on challenging technical issues. He recently acted for the underwriters in Denbury Resources' $1.25 billion senior subordinated notes offering.

John Lobrano advised the underwriters on a series of notes offerings by Mondelēz International with an aggregate value of $3 billion. He is highly regarded for his work on international and domestic capital markets transactions.

Edward Tolley acted for the underwriters in two notes issuances by Altria totaling $3.2 billion. Sources describe him as “a fabulous lawyer – he's a very thoughtful, smart and commercial guy.”

Joseph Kaufman is “technically very capable" and "rigorous, creative and commercial." He acted for Aramark in its $834 million IPO.

Kenneth Wallach represented Wrigley in its five-tranche senior unsecured notes offering, totaling $3 billion. Sources say: “When he's on a deal you get it done smoothly and commercially.”

Significant clients JP Morgan Securities, Morgan Stanley, Dell International, Sirius XM, Hilton Worldwide.

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

What the team is known for Impressive strength in IPOs for major international issuer and underwriter clients. Also has an extensive debt practice, acting across an array of complex transactions and financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

“They're innovative, collaborative and really practical. They're really good at having a holistic view on transactions.”

“They're great business lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in GrubHub's $221.4 million IPO.

Acted for the book-runner and co-managers in People's United Financial's $400 million senior subordinated notes offering.

Notable practitioners

David Goldschmidt is "quick, efficient and extremely knowledgeable," clients say. He represented the joint bookrunning managers in Markit's $1.5 billion IPO and NASDAQ listing.

Stacy Kanter is praised for the breadth of her expertise across debt and equity work. She recently acted for Express Scripts in its $2.5 billion three-tranche senior notes offering.

Gregory Fernicola acted for Springleaf Finance in two offerings of senior notes totaling $1.25 billion and its $410 million IPO. Clients say: “He's very responsive, he's proactive if he thinks there's an issue and he's very innovative and practical.”

Palo Alto-based Gregg Noel is "an amazing lawyer - fantastic and hard-working," market sources report. He acted for Freescale Semiconductor in its $648 million common share offering.

Phyllis Korff advises clients on a broad range of debt and equity transactions. She recently acted for Lumenis on its $75 million IPO.

Significant clients AbbVie, NextEra Energy, J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets.  

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

What the team is known for Tremendous depth of expertise on major debt and equity transactions. Attracts the respect of interviewees for the high quality of its work on complex transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're top-shelf – every single lawyer there is good.” 

“They represent us in the spirit of solving issues, having a successful transaction and making sure everything gets done right for everyone involved."

Work highlights Acted for AIG in several senior notes offerings totaling $4.5 billion.

Represented LATAM Airlines Group in a $941 million stock offering.

Notable practitioners

Robert Buckholz is a “fantastic legal adviser who is extremely thoughtful, practical and knowledgeable,” clients say. He recently represented Enbridge in a $1.15 billion senior notes offering.

Jay Clayton is “fantastic; whether bank or company-side, if he's on the deal they'll sleep easy at night.” He advised the underwriters in the Alibaba IPO.

Robert Downes recently acted for United Rentals in a $1.4 billion unsecured notes offering. Sources comment that “he's incredibly thoughtful and he just gets it right – he's a very good lawyer.”

David Harms regularly advises on a range of transactions. His clients include underwriters and foreign and US issuers.  

William Williams is “excellent” and an “incredibly brilliant guy,” market sources report. He maintains a strong reputation for his expertise on regulatory matters.

Significant clients Ally Financial, American Energy – Utica, Zions Bancorporation, Enbridge, CPG International.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Houston.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation in the energy sector including undisputed expertise in MLP work. Frequently handles IPOs and follow-on offerings for issuers and underwriters alongside significant debt experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have an incredibly experienced team – they're a market leader in energy IPOs.”

“They've got incredible market share, incredible relationships with private equity firms and they're very diligent and experienced.”

Work highlights Acted for Plains GP Holdings in its $2.9 billion IPO.

Represented the underwriters in Baytex's $800 million senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Firm chairman Mark Kelly is “an incredible resource and incredibly well connected – a business leader in the community.” He acted for the underwriters in a series of senior notes offerings by Hercules Offshore, totaling $1 billion.

David Oelman represented Vanguard Natural Resources in a series of follow-on equity issuances totaling $988 million. One client says: “He understands every aspect: the business side, the legal, the regulations, what the underwriters need, the marketing and the compliance, and he's able to translate that into understandable language.”

Significant clients Antero Resources, SunCoke Energy, RKI Exploration & Production, Frank's International, Western Gas Partners.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Broad-based practice, representing underwriters and issuers with a significant private equity client roster. Handles an array of debt work and has notable strength advising on IPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They did an exemplary job.” 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in a $305 million convertible notes offering by Macquarie Infrastructure.

Acted for the underwriters in CBS Outdoor Americas' $644 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

David Lefkowitz represented GE and Synchrony Financial in Synchrony's $2.9 billion IPO. One says: "He has an incredible work ethic and a willingness to spot issues and work the process through. It was great.”

"Superb practitioner" Matthew Bloch recently advised the underwriters in Lear Corporation's $325 million senior notes offering. He heads the capital markets practice at the firm.

Significant clients Advent International, DIRECTV, Morgan Stanley, AMC Entertainment, CCMP Capital Advisors.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Palo Alto.  

What the team is known for Widely recognized as a leading team advising on transactions in the technology sector. Particularly acclaimed for its advice to issuers on equity deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have an incredibly strong franchise in the Silicon Valley universe."

“They are without question hugely active in the technology field.”

Work highlights Represented Twitter in its $1.8 billion IPO.

Acted for Micron in its $1.15 billion convertible notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Saper represented Rocket Fuel in its $116 million IPO and its $305 million follow-on offering. He acts for issuers and underwriters on a range of transactions, with particular expertise in equity deals.

Significant clients Tesla Motors, Juniper Networks, FireEye, LinkedIn, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

James Lebovitz of Dechert LLP recently represented FS Investment in its $400 million notes offering. Sources describe him as “very professional and very focused.”

Valerie Ford Jacob of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is well respected by market sources for her expertise on a range of matters. Her areas of expertise include IPOs, secondary offerings and a wide variety of debt deals.

Michael Levitt of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises clients on a range of capital markets transactions. Clients include selling stockbrokers, issuers and underwriters.

Paul Tropp of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is “very responsive and very knowledgeable, and he understands the business side of things as well as just the legal side,” clients say. He has expertise in IPOs, convertibles and investment-grade work.

Donald Murray of Covington & Burling LLP is “terrific – he can help you sort through any issue and he's extremely accessible, knowledgeable and easy to work with,” clients say. He recently acted for the underwriters in Kite Pharma's $127.5 million IPO.

Edward Best of Mayer Brown LLP advises clients on an array of debt and equity transactions. He advised Potbelly on its $105 million IPO.

Rod Miller of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP represented the underwriters in CareFusion's $1 billion senior unsecured notes offering. Sources say: “He's fantastic – efficient and pragmatic.”

Michael Schiavone of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is commended by clients for his provision of practical advice. He represented the initial purchaser in a $300 million high-yield notes offering by DreamWorks Animation SKG.

San Francisco-based Peter Healy of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well versed in an array of issuer and underwriter-side debt and equity work including significant real estate sector expertise.

Ronald Brody of White & Case LLP recently represented the initial purchaser in a $150 million senior notes issuance by Gibson Brands. He focuses on high-yield debt transactions.

Colin Diamond of White & Case LLP is “knowledgeable, accessible, hard-working and has a lot of experience,” clients say. He acted for the underwriters in two follow-on offerings by QIWI, totaling $600 million.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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