THE FIRM This firm's capital markets practice has a leading national reputation emanating from its office in New York. The group wins particular praise for its preeminent debt and high-yield expertise, evidenced by its recent representation of Frontier Communications in connection with the $3.2 billion high-yield senior debt offering of New Communications Holdings. Housing some of the most respected and experienced practitioners in the industry, the team is especially renowned as an excellent first choice for undertaking sophisticated, complex and novel types of transaction.
Commercial Awareness "The partners have superb strategic business sense and all have heads for their clients' businesses."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chairing the firm's securities practice is the "extraordinarily constructive, incisive and knowledgeable" Kris Heinzelman. He is a leading specialist in corporate finance transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and is particularly well versed in advising investment banking firms. He recently represented underwriters in connection with the $3 billion registered debt offering of Hewlett-Packard. John White has quickly reestablished himself as a leading player in the sector following his return to the firm in 2009, after serving for three years as a division director at the SEC. "One of the best, smartest and most knowledgeable attorneys around," he has a sterling practice handling capital markets transactions and SEC issues. Andrew Pitts is a widely respected practitioner whose "efficient and economical approach makes accomplishing transactions so much easier," say sources. He is an expert in representing underwriters and issuers on private placements and public offerings. He recently represented Credit Suisse, the initial purchaser, in connection with the $1.38 billion high-yield senior secured debt offering of Freescale Semiconductor. Clients are especially appreciative of the "bright, mild-mannered, friendly and easy to work with" approach of William Rogers. A respected debt and equity expert, he recently represented Shell International Finance in connection with its $2.75 billion registered debt offering, guaranteed by Royal Dutch Shell. Stephen Burns demonstrates "fantastic technical competence and business sense," say sources, many of whom find him "extremely capable, practical and thoughtful to work with." He has a solid practice representing issuers and investment banks in a range of securities transactions and disclosure assignments. William Fogg represents issuers and underwriters in a variety of debt and equity securities offerings, and recently acted for Cincinnati Bell in connection with its $625 million registered high-yield senior subordinated debt offering. Sources recommend his ability to see the big picture in complex transactions and his "superb business head on issues." Erik Tavzel maintains excellent relations with major investment banks, such as Lazard, which he recently represented in relation to its $224 million offering of Class A common stock. The "immensely creative" and seasoned William Whelan leads the firm's securities practice. His highlights include representing the initial purchasers, including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, in connection with the $1.145 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offering of RBS Global and Rexnord.