THE FIRM This team is consistently involved in high-profile equity transactions, recently acting on the IPOs of AirLease and BankUnited. With an impressive foothold in California as well as New York, the team has a strong following from clients in the technology sector. It also handles work for debt issuers, recently advising Texas Instruments on its $3.5 billion notes offering; the client's first debt offering in nearly 12 years.
Commercial Awareness "This team knows what's going on in the market and with the regulators – they always have the latest information."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Sandler is co-head of the firm's global capital markets practice and is leader of the corporate governance practice. He is well regarded for his experience in a wide range of public and private securities offerings, recently advising JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo as joint book-runners on a high-yield offering by ADS Tactical.
"A very talented lawyer," Richard Truesdell is considered a market leader in equity work, acting for the underwriters on the $900 million IPO of BankUnited, the largest US bank IPO. "He is very commercial, cuts to the chase and is terrific to work with," say sources.
Michael Kaplan, co-head of the firm's global capital markets group, wins praise for his "can-do attitude" and excellent standard of client care. He represented the joint book-running managers on the IPO of Wesco Aircraft Holdings. "He is young, brilliant and has a great touch," peers enthuse.
Sarah Beshar is widely respected for her high-quality work and offers particular expertise in debt transactions, recently advising Limited Brands on its high-yield offering.
Based in the firm's Menlo Park office, Bruce Dallas has an enviable client base in the hi-tech and biotech sectors, with highlights including advising the joint book-running managers in relation to the IPO of Endocyte and the underwriters in connection with an offering of convertible notes of Electronic Arts.
Joseph Hall is "always available, very commercial and has excellent judgment," say clients. He is in expert in SEC issues, having formerly served as managing executive for policy at the SEC, and handles a wide range of capital market transactions, recently acting for the joint book-running managers on Air Lease's IPO.
Deanna Kirkpatrick advises issuers and underwriters on a wide range of transactions, with recent key highlights including advising healthcare company CIGNA Corporation on its offering of senior notes.
Alan Denenberg enters the rankings this year, having earned praise as "very thorough, easy to get along with and dedicated to getting the right results for clients." Working out of the firm's Menlo Park office and with a strong technology client base, he acted for Solazyme in connection with its IPO.