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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected team with peerless strength in high-yield offerings as well as extensive expertise in some of the most complex investment-grade debt matters. Possesses a growing equity division, advising on an extensive array of high-value public stock issuances, representing a raft of underwriters and issuers. Additionally acts for lead arrangers on leveraged loans.

Strengths Admiring peers state that "Cahill is still dominant in the high-yield market."

Clients highlight "speed, accessibility and market share" as being the key strengths of the Cahill team.

Work highlights Represented J.P. Morgan Securities as sole book-running manager in connection with The Nielsen Company's $500 million Rule 144A offering of 5% senior notes.

Acted for Morgan Stanley as joint book-running managers and co-manager in connection with Netflix's $1.3 billion Rule 144A offering.

Provided counsel to Citigroup in connection with the public offering of $1.5 billion worth of Senior Secured Notes by HCA.

Notable practitioners

James Clark has an excellent reputation for his work on high-yield products, with one peer going so far as to say: "He's clearly a top guy in high yield." He also works on both the debt and equity side of the market for investment banks and corporates in the space.

William Hartnett has a strong practice acting on debt and equity securities transactions, and is particularly adept at handling issuances of both secured and unsecured high-yield debt securities.

Douglas Horowitz represents some of the leading investment banks on issuance transactions of both secured and unsecured high-yield debt securities. He is well regarded by market sources, with a peer describing him as "very helpful, creative and a good collaborator."

Jonathan Schaffzin is lauded as a "really fine lawyer" by peers, and is known for his work on a range of debt-related securities transactions, for which he represents both issuers and borrowers. Clients say: "He is an extraordinary lawyer – not just a lawyer who explains legal arguments, but he also provides guidance from a business perspective."

Daniel Zubkoff works on high-yield debt offerings, restructurings and equity-linked securities, among other things, for both domestic and international clients. He recently acted for J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and others as initial purchasers in connection with Live Nation's 144A offering of $575 million of senior notes.

John Tripodoro focuses his practice on the high-yield space, handling a number of debt transactions, as well as restructurings and IPOs. In the past year he has acted with many of the world's leading investment banks as initial purchasers on numerous public offerings.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Fully integrated capital markets practice, whose lawyers are able to draw upon specialties and experience from the firm's tax, bankruptcy and M&A teams. Adept at handling a variety of high-value transactional matters for a broad client base, possessing significant capacity in complex cross-border transactions. Possesses notable experience handling both SEC-registered and private securities offerings.

Strengths One client notes: "What is amazing about the whole group is that they make us feel like we're their only client."

"The team at Cleary is outstanding and always has the appropriate resources available," notes one client, with another adding: "there is a great depth of talent there."

Work highlights Represented Bank of America, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters in Blackrock's $700 million note offering.

Represented the Republic of Argentina in a dollar-denominated Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offering valued at approximately $7 billion.

Notable practitioners

Leslie Silverman commands a great deal of respect in the market, with clients saying: "When I really need advice about the biggest possible picture on an area of law, Leslie is invaluable." He represents issuers and underwriters on both domestic and international securities transactions.

According to clients, Jeffrey Karpf "is an excellent negotiator, very good at managing tense situations and finding the best results for all parties." They add: "It doesn't get much better than working with a responsive, smart and practical lawyer like him." He works on private debt and equity offerings, as well as tender exchange offers, and represents a number of the industry's leading investment banks.

David Lopez works on public and private debt and equity offerings, as well as on corporate financing and liability management matters. One client calls him a "leading expert on all matters related to liability management," while another describes him as "very helpful, responsive and knowledgeable."

Craig Brod "is one of the most brilliant lawyers on the Street – spectacular and absolutely the most delightful, brilliant, thoughtful man you can imagine," one source enthuses. He handles a range of complex public and private securities offerings.

Nicolas Grabar typically handles debt offering transactions but is regarded by sources as having "a great overall knowledge of securities law." "Nicholas is fantastic – he's extremely smart and just incredibly responsive," one of his clients explains.

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For more information about Cleary Gottlieb's Capital Markets practice, please visit https://www.clearygottlieb.com/practice-landing/capital-markets

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Cooley LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enviable life sciences and technology practice, representing some of the fastest-growing startups in the country on capital markets transactions. Maintains a comprehensive overview of the market, working with companies and investment banks on sophisticated debt and equity offerings, showing considerable strength in IPOs.

Strengths Clients are "very impressed" with Cooley, explaining: "They have a proper team approach and don't just say what needs to be done, they do it."

Clients appreciate the breadth of the team, one in particular saying: "Whether it's East Coast, West Coast or a cross-border deal they provide great coverage."

Work highlights Represented Snap Inc on its IPO.

Acted for Goldman Sachs and other underwriters on Redfin's $159 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Charlie Kim and David Peinsipp are cochairs of the firm's global capital markets group.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known forRespected firm that acts for both issuers and underwriters in a range of capital markets transactions, including public offerings, private placements and investment-grade deals. Particularly well known for its representation of corporate clients in the life sciences and financial services industries.

Strengths "Covington is excellent. They are subject matter experts and provide stellar client service," clients report.

"The firm is top notch and one of the best on the Street. They are always available and willing to lend a hand, their entire staff is attentive and they take pride in their work," explains one satisfied client.

Work highlights Served as counsel to Johnson & Johnson on its $4.5 billion registered public offering of investment-grade debt securities.

Served as counsel to Leerink Partners in connection with a $41 million follow-on offering by Senseonics Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Clients descibe Donald Murray as "a very analytical individual who provides practical legal advice spoken in a plain-English manner," while also being "a strong communicator with a very pleasant style and top-notch client service." He has a notable practice acting for clients in the life sciences industry, providing advice to issuers and underwriters on IPOs and follow-on transactions.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Experienced in handling high-level matters for a significant book of issuer and underwriter clients. Regularly sought for advice on complex or esoteric capital markets issues and gains recognition for its expertise in high-yield debt offerings. Strong links with institutional corporate clients, granting the team an enviable level of market awareness.

Strengths "The team takes a very proactive approach in helping us identity opportunities and address issues," one client comments, adding: "They go the extra mile to position us for success."

One client describes Cravath as its "go-to" in the debt & equity space, highlighting the "very collaborative nature, incredible variety of experts available, and understanding of the business issues and pressures we face" as among the team's strengths.

Work highlights Represented Schneider National in connection with its $613 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Pitts garners praise from commentators for his work on public and private securities offerings, as well as liability management issues. Clients deem him a "top-notch, phenomenal lawyer" and praise his ability to "give quick responses and well thought-out answers."

Craig Arcella is well respected by his sources, with one peer describing him as "smart, constructive and responsive." He handles a wide range of debt and equity offerings, representing both issuer and underwriter clients.

"Terrific lawyer" Stephen Burns is co-head of Cravath's financing practice and regularly advises investment banks in connection with private and public securities offerings, as well on general corporate matters. Sources describe him as "a very smart guy who is solutions-oriented, even-keeled and has a great personality."

William Fogg is a "terrific lawyer" according to his peers, and clients also praise his "breadth of knowledge, unmatched experience and collaborative style." He is cochair of the firm's financing practice and assists clients with high-yield debt offerings, as well as other public and private securities transactions.

William Whelan is well versed in securities matters, with notable experience advising issuers and investment banks on IPOs and high-yield offerings, among other capital markets transactions. Sources say: "Bill is excellent – very strong on high-yield debt and overall a good guy to work with."

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To learn about the Firm's practices, please visit https://www.cravath.com/practices.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Demonstrates prowess in a range of capital markets transactions, both domestically and on an international scale, with a host of talented and experienced associates supporting a team of renowned partners in the space. Acts for an enviable roster of clients and is particularly adept at handling the largest IPOs in the market, as well as high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

Strengths Clients say: "They're one of the best on the Street," adding: "They have got a great depth of experience and think through issues well."

"Davis Polk is one of the best law firms in this area and consistently do a perfect job on transactions," enthuses one very satisfied client.

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters on numerous secondary offerings made by Hilton throughout the course of 2016 and 2017, with an aggregate value of $2.63 billion.

Provided counsel to the joint book-running managers on the $1.25 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by CF Industries Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Richard Truesdell "has an encyclopedic knowledge of his area of expertise and is proactive at spotting issues ahead of us," his clients reveal. He is incredibly well respected in the market, being described as "exceptional," "an excellent lawyer" and "the best capital markets lawyer on the Street." He acts for some of the leading investment bank clients on a plethora of debt and equity offering transactions.

Michael Kaplan is notable for his broad practice advising issuers and underwriters on both public and private debt and equity offerings, and also for his work on leveraged finance matters. He has an excellent reputation among his peers, with one in particular commenting: "Michael is brilliant, one of the top in the market."

Alan Denenberg receives kudos for his work with convertible instruments, but has additional elements to his practice such as both equity and debt financing experience in a number of industries including technology, telecommunications and healthcare. Sources consider him to be "experienced, knowledgeable and great to work with." He is head of the firm's Northern California office.

Clients commend Bruce Dallas's "mastery of securities laws," adding: "If I have a really technical question, he is one of my favorite lawyers to go to." He is based on the West Coast and advises clients hailing from the technology sector with high-yield debt and IPOs, as well as convertible debt offerings and repurchase programs.

Joseph Hall is highly sought by clients given his enviable experience working at the SEC. He works on a wide array of capital markets offerings, as well as assisting companies on corporate governance matters related to the transactions he oversees. Commentators consider him to be a "very strong lawyer" who is "very practical."

Deanna Kirkpatrick handles public equity, equity-linked and debt security offering transactions for issuer and underwriter clients. Peers regard her to be a "practical and very knowledgeable practitioner."

John Meade represents a broad range of domestic and international clients in public and private securities offerings. One client says: "John is a truly outstanding lawyer. We continue to be impressed by his deep knowledge and experience of debt and equity capital markets, his ability to foresee issues before they become problems and the remarkable grace and poise with which he addresses complex issues."

Byron Rooney is developing an excellent reputation in the field and wins impressive levels of praise from his clients. One remarks on his "strong relationship skills and excellent abilities in problem solving," while another commends his "outstanding knowledge," further acknowledging him as "thoughtful and thorough." He advises financial institutions and corporate clients on IPOs, private placements, and a range of other debt and equity matters.

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For more information about Davis Polk’s practices, please visit www.davispolk.com/practices.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team acting for issuers, underwriters and private equity funds. Able to remain at the forefront of regulatory changes while maintaining a strong transactional offering, with both domestic and cross-border capabilities. Regularly engaged by clients to advise on complex equity deals, including IPOs and secondary offerings.

Strengths One client says: "They deliver top-notch service" and adds: "We get extremely high quality across the board. No matter which lawyer is used, we always receive consistent levels of excellence."

"They give great advice, are always available and knowledgeable," clients explain.

Work highlights Assisted SiteOne Secondary Landscape Supply in a series of secondary offerings of common stock, valued at approximately $1.2 billion.

Acted for International Paper Company on the issuance of $1 billion of 4.350% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2048.

Notable practitioners

Peter Loughran represents issuers and underwriters on a range of securities offerings and corporate governance matters. He recently provided counsel to SiteOne Landscape Supply with a series of secondary offerings worth $1.2 billion.

Steven Slutzky acts for issuers and underwriters on a range of securities transactions, including IPOs, investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings and private placements. Sources praise his "high level of expertise" and his "good business sense" and consider him to be "an extremely valuable resource with good instincts."

Matthew Kaplan works with issuers, underwriters and private equity houses on a range of securities transactions, notably public and private debt and equity offerings, and also high-yield offerings. Clients praise his "cutting-edge legal advice and top-notch service" and generally consider him to be "very knowledgeable."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known forActs for a range of clients in the capital markets space, including issuers, underwriters, dealer-managers and private equity sponsors. Recognized for its work on debt offerings and private placements and possesses notable experience handling IPOs and secondary offerings. Client hail from a range of industries, notably shipping, pharmaceutical and financial services.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the firm's service, with one in particular detailing the firm's "tradition of excellence", and others adding: "we have always held them in high regard."

"Fried Frank provide good service, are well versed in capital markets matters, have deep experience and are responsive," comment clients.

Work highlights Served as counsel to underwriters in Athene Holding's $1.24 billion secondary IPO, and subsequent $1.53 billion and $912.87 million secondary follow-on offerings.

Advised GMS on its $147 million IPO and listing on the NYSE, and two secondary offerings of $203 million and $160 million of common stock.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Gelfond is considered by his clients to be "a very fine lawyer who is well versed and has deep experience." Another client enthuses: "Stuart is a true counselor possessing Solomonic judgment and unsurpassed knowledge of debt covenants." He has a notable practice focused on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

Daniel Bursky is co-head of the firm's capital markets practice and concentrates his work on the representation of issuers and underwriters in equity offerings, as well as high-yield debt transactions. He is thought of by clients as "an exceptional talent."

Andrew Barkan continues to build his impressive capital markets securities practice, representing issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border IPOs and equity and debt offerings. Clients speak very highly of him, with one stating: "Andrew is one of the most knowledgeable capital markets professionals I have ever worked with," explaining: "He couples his deep knowledge with a great client-facing style that is easy going and educational."

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Capital Markets: 
The practice represents issuers, underwriters, private equity sponsors, investors, selling stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers in private and US SEC registered debt and equity securities offerings, and related acquisition finance and private equity transactions. 


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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known forWell-rounded practice, advising underwriters and issuers on a broad spread of capital markets transactions. Fields debt and equity specialists in offices across the USA and advises many of the world's leading investment banks, as well as clients in the food produce, energy and healthcare sectors. Well supported by its reputable regulatory group.

Strengths Clients consider the firm to be "top notch" and appreciate its "deep expertise and thoughtful advice."

Work highlights Acted for GE in a EUR1.75 billion senior notes public offering.

Served as underwriters counsel to Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in a debt offering by Carrizo Oil & Gas, and advised Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo in an equity offering by the same organization.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Fabens is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, with the former describing him as a "really good lawyer who does a good job," and the latter remarking: "Andrew is an excellent practical adviser who has a remarkable talent for projecting calm in a crisis." He has a niche practice acting for clients in the technology and media sectors, and is also frequently sought for counsel by investment banks.

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To learn more about our practice, please visit gibsondunn.com.

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Goodwin - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Covers the full spread of equity capital markets transactions, offering legal expertise in IPOs, follow-ons and refinancings. Acts across a range of sectors, including technology and financial services, with a noted specialty in REITs. Also possesses experience advising on a wide variety of debt and equity-linked transactions, and is able to advise on cross-border transactions owing to its international network.

Strengths "The team offers superlative client service, responsiveness, quality of advice and transaction execution," explains one pleased client.

Work highlights Represented AMAG Pharmaceuticals in the completion of a $300 million public offering.

Acted for Medical Properties Trust in a number of capital markets transactions, including its EUR500 million split-rated Eurobond offering and its $500 million follow-on offering of common stock.

Notable practitioners

Ettore Santucci is a key contact at the firm.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Strong team renowned for work on IPOs and its capabilities in high-yield transactions. Brings together a suite of specializations across the firm to provide the debt and equity practice with well-rounded support. Acts for clients across a range of industries and is a popular choice for private equity funds engaging in complex capital markets transactions.

Strengths "They're very professional, up to speed and practical, as well as being solution seeking and very helpful in crafting creative solutions," clients explain.

"What I like about Kirkland is the 'pull up your sleeves and dig in' mentality and their realistic sense of what's possible in the markets they're serving," reveals one client.

Work highlights Represented Alta Marcellus Development as issuer in the offering of $300 million senior second lien notes.

Represented Blackstone as selling shareholder in NCR's $548 million secondary offering.

Represented Burger King as issuer in its $1.5 billion offering of 4.250% first lien senior secured notes due 2024.

Notable practitioners

Joshua Korff is an acclaimed practitioner in the securities space, well respected for his work on high-yield debt offerings. One client remarks: "He's excellent – my go-to, number one trusted adviser."

Richard Aftanas is regarded as a "high-quality lawyer" by peers, and described by clients as "a very cerebral lawyer who thinks through issues in a very methodical and thoughtful way, and explains them very simply and clearly." He advises clients on the full range of complex securities offerings.

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Kirkland has a strong capital markets practice, representing both issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of securities offerings. The large number of corporate transactions in which the Firm is involved has made us seasoned in a number of disciplines (including corporate, commercial lending, tax, securities litigation, environmental, intellectual property, ERISA and real estate) that often need to be marshaled in complex financings. In addition, Kirkland's emphasis on teamwork makes it easier to use the different areas of experience required in a particular transaction for the benefit of the Firm's clients.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Able to offer coast-to-coast expertise on the full range of capital markets matters, with particular skill in handling high-yield offerings. Regularly sought by managers for counsel on a variety of debt and equity transactions. Also possesses significant experience advising issuers from a variety of industries on securities deals.

Strengths "They're one of the top firms in the leveraged finance space. They pay great attention to detail and provide really insightful market expertise," remarks one client.

"They are very good at finding solutions and don't have to take a long time to figure out the complicated issues," clients say.

Work highlights Acted for Goldman Sachs on Canada Goose's IPO, a dual listing on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.

Advised Goldman Sachs as the sole initial purchaser of GenOn Energy's Remote Escrow Finance $400 million high-yield debt offering.

Notable practitioners

Marc Jaffe commands an enviable reputation at the top of the market for his work on debt and equity offerings, but is most notable for his handling of IPOs. He is lauded by his clients for possessing "unbelievable judgment" and is also praised for his knowledge of the market.

Michael Benjamin "is top notch" according to clients, who add: "He has an unbelievable grasp of the market, the ability to manage corporate processes, as well as managing a team very well." He works on investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings for issuers and investment banks, as well as also working on LBOs and liability management issues.

Greg Rodgers is held in particularly high regard by his clients, one of whom says: "Greg couldn't be better in terms of knowledge, service and patience with our team." He acts on both equity and debt offerings for issuers, investors and underwriters, with a notable strength on equity-linked securities and high-yield debt offerings.

Ian Schuman is praised for his "great perspective" and his ability to "figure out solutions." He is global cochair of the firm's capital markets practice, representing both issuers and underwriters on IPOs and high-yield debt offerings, among other transactions.

Senet Bischoff "is incredibly personable, very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating through tough issues in a commercial and collaborative way," market commentators reveal. He provides counsel on high-yield debt offerings, as well as IPOs, LBOs and both secured and unsecured offerings.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Represents corporate issuers across a range of fields, including energy, telecommunications and leisure, as well as global investment banks acting as underwriters on capital markets transactions. Regularly advises clients on high-value debt issuances, as well as equity and hybrid securities offerings. Brings to bear recognized strength on IPOs and high-yield products.

Strengths "The team has a keen sense of real-time dynamics of the financing markets, which allows them to give proper guidance and consistently strive to make our financing documents better and better," one client explains.

Work highlights Provided counsel to EP Energy on its Rule 144A private offering of $1 billion of 8.00% notes.

Advised J.Jill in its $152 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Ezring is an expert in the area of high-yield debt offerings, on which he advises some of the leading private equity houses and asset managers. Market commentators say; "He is extremely commercial, very analytical and an excellent lawyer," while clients regard him as "very smart, sharp, creative, responsive, client friendly" and praise his ability to "understand complex scenarios."

John Kennedy works with investment bank and issuer clients on debt and equity offerings. One client describes him as "a great lawyer who is knowledgeable and down to earth."

Monica Thurmond is "very aware of the market, very responsive and very hard-working," sources remark. She counsels issuer clients on both debt and equity issuances, including IPOs and high-yield debt offerings.

Brian Janson is developing a fabulous reputation for his securities practice, with one peer stating: "He is a young up-and-comer who is at the top of his game." Clients are similarly impressed, with one noting: "Brian is extremely creative and extremely smart."

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Respected practice, notable for its expertise in equity offerings and high-yield debt deals. Regularly works for underwriters in complex capital markets transactions such as high-value IPOs.

Strengths Lauding the firm's work and client service, clients remark: "The capital markets group not only has the creativity and horsepower required, but they are also extremely user friendly."

Clients say: "They are very high quality, always do excellent work and have a deep team."

Work highlights Advised the underwriters on a $21 million IPO by Five Point Holdings.

Provided counsel to a number of banks, including J.P. Morgan, Bank of America and Citigroup, in a $1 billion registered high-yield debt offering by PulteGroup.

Represented Suburban Propane Partners and Suburban Energy Finance as issuers in their registered public offering of $350 million notes.

Notable practitioners

Frank Lopez enjoys a fabulous reputation in the market and is lauded for his "very deep knowledge of high-yield products" and also his "exceptional understanding of his client's business concerns." He is especially adept at handling complex IPOs.

Julie Allen enjoys an impressive practice, acting for both issuers and underwriters on IPOs and follow-on offerings.

Clients express warm approval of Stuart Bressman, describing him as "one of the most creative capital markets lawyers in New York" and praising his "deep experience and understanding of the full range of capital markets transactions." He counsels both underwriters and issuers on public and private offerings, and acts for some of the world's leading investment companies.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Broad experience handling complex debt and equity matters. Clients range private equity outfits, investment banks and corporate issuers, including high-end companies operating in the healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Particularly acknowledged for its expertise in transactions involving life sciences companies.

Work highlights Represented IMS Health Holdings in a Rule 144A debt offering totalling $1.05 billion.

Advised Planet Fitness on multiple follow-on offerings with an aggregate value for $1.13 billion.

Notable practitioners

Paul Kinsella and Patrick O'Brien are key contacts at the firm.

Head of the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP New York capital markets team, Paul Tropp is praised by clients for his "around-the-clock availability, attention to detail, commercial sense and pragmatism," and is also thought to be "extremely thoughtful and logical." He often acts in both debt and equity securities offerings for issuers and underwriters.

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Ropes & Gray has extensive experience representing corporate issuers, leading private equity firms and major investment banks in all aspects of capital markets financings. For more than a century, we have developed significant experience in all types of initial and follow-on offerings and in private placements. The breadth and depth of our attorneys’ knowledge allow us to effectively manage the capital markets process for our clients.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/capital-markets.aspx

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known forActs for both issuers and underwriters on a range of corporate and securities matters. Able to advise on a wide variety of capital markets deals, ranging from high-yield debt offerings to IPOs. Utilizes its notable cross-border capability in advising international banks on their most complex transactions. Possesses industry specialization in the technology, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, among others.

Strengths "Shearman is fantastic. They are very diligent, dependable and overall great partners," one client proclaims.

One client describes the team as "extremely professional and well co-ordinated."

Work highlights Advised Altice on its $2.15 billion IPO.

Represented Advanced Disposal Services in connection with its $398.5 million registered IPO.

Notable practitioners

David Beveridge is the firm's global managing partner. He has notable experience working on both domestic and cross boarder securities transactions for issuers and underwriters. The focus of his work includes debt, equity and hybrid securities offerings.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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What the team is known for Continues to increase its representation of issuers to complement an historic strength in advising underwriters. Also has deep industry expertise, with significant areas of focus including insurance, life sciences, energy and real estate. Advises on a raft of investment-grade debt offerings, IPOs and transactions involving equity-linked products.

Strengths Clients say the team is "very creative and results-oriented" and praise its ability to "do an outstanding job in very difficult and complex situations."

Clients describe the Sidley team as "professional, informed and solutions-based."

Work highlights Assisted underwriters in multiple offerings of floating rate notes by Daimler, valued at $7.5 billion in total.

Provided counsel to underwriters in connection with a number of transactions by Walt Disney, including a $250 million note offering.

Notable practitioners

Edward Petrosky advises on numerous securities matters, particularly those pertaining to the REITs market. He garners a great deal of praise, with clients commenting that "he is very high quality, knowledgeable, experienced and always has your back." Peers add that he is "very talented."

Michael Schiavone recently joined the Sidley Austin capital markets practice. He works with investment banks on debt and equity securities offerings as both underwriter's and issuer's counsel. Peers commend his "high-quality practice."

Samir Gandhi acts for both issuers and underwriters from the financial services, insurance and real estate industries in a range of capital markets transactions. Peers regard him as "a good level-headed lawyer."

Eric Haueter handles public and private debt and equity financings, with skills in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, and IPOs. Peers say: "Eric is a very good, thorough lawyer who is detail-oriented and very hard-working."

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For more information on the practice, please visit the practice's page at: https://www.sidley.com/en/us/services/capital-markets


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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned for its ability to handle large and complex debt and equity transactions, representing issuers, underwriters and private equity sponsors. Particularly notable for its skill and experience advising major IPOs, follow-ons and secondary offerings. Also possesses a number of specialists distinguished in the high-yield and investment-grade debt space.

Strengths Clients describe Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as "an excellent firm with outstanding expertise and work ethic."

"They have a very intelligent group of lawyers who are very professional and respectful in the way they interact with their clients," an impressed client explains.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Robinson is global head of the firm's capital markets practice and has notable experience handling high-yield bond transactions for leading investment banks. Multiple sources laud him for his client service abilities, with one in particular stating: "His ability to make the process easy and pain-free for the client is incredible," while another highlights his "great commercial sense and legal judgment."

Joshua Ford Bonnie is spoken of highly by sources, with one commenting: "He is a true partner: He is highly commercial, thinks like a business person and anticipates what we'll need before we need it." This source adds: "His customer service is as good as it gets." He is also highlighted as being "very pragmatic and knowledgeable" and is particulary noted for his handling of IPOs.

Joseph Kaufman is "an excellent securities lawyer who is very knowledgeable about the law and the market," a client attests. He has a very broad practice acting on both debt and equity securities offerings, as well as providing counsel on corporate governance issues.

Kenneth Wallach has a strong practice in the debt space, particularly in regard to high-yield offerings, but also regularly advises on investment-grade offerings. Peers describe him as "terrific on high-yield offerings" and call him a "very talented lawyer."

John Lobrano operates in the debt and equity space, handling public and private offerings as well as liability management issues. Peers regard him as "incredibly knowledgeable and very collaborative."

About the Team (content provided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP)

Simpson Thacher is a global leader in capital markets transactions, acting for clients on all types of offerings, including equity, debt offerings and equity-linked securities offerings, as well as derivatives transactions.

The Firm has served as counsel in connection with some of the largest and most complex IPOs in the world, including the U.S. IPOs of Invitation Homes (2017 – the second largest U.S. IPO of 2017 to date); LINE (2016 – the second largest U.S. IPO of 2016, including global proceeds); Japan Post (2015 – the largest global IPO of 2015); First Data (2015 – the largest U.S. IPO of 2015); and Alibaba (2014 – the largest IPO ever conducted).

The Firm has a premier practice in high yield debt financings. The Firm was ranked #1 in U.S. high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume and deal count) in 2016 by Bloomberg and #1 in global high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume and deal count) in 2016 by Thomson Reuters.

In 2016, we handled 64 high yield deals with proceeds over $43 billion, representing the issuers on 37 deals and the managers on 27 deals, ranking #3 on a combined basis (combined issuer and manager representations, by deal count, Thomson Reuters).

Thompson Reuters has ranked the Firm #1 in U.S. high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume) for nine of the last twelve years. 

For more, visit www.stblaw.com/client-services/practices/corporate/capital-markets.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly renowned capital markets team, able to bring significant prowess in the full range of debt and equity securities offerings. Acts for a broad client list that includes investment banks and private equity firms, as well as public and private companies across a multitude of sectors. Receives plaudits for its strength in high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

Strengths Impressed clients proclaim that "Skadden is top notch" and further add: "What really strikes me about the firm is how much their lawyers care. They are really vested in their relationships with their clients."

Clients appreciate the "experience, judgment and accountability of the team," and explain: "What sets them apart is their great business judgment, great lawyers and their practicality."

Work highlights Advised Stanley Black & Decker in connection with a number of matters, including its $675 million offering of equity units and its $3 billion Regulation S commercial paper note program.

Provided counsel to BeyondSpring in its $3 million IPO, which included a $51 million private placement of common stock.

Assisted Morgan Stanley as lead initial purchaser in Avis Budget Finance's EUR 250 million Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 4.50% senior notes

Notable practitioners

Phyllis Korff commands a huge amount of respect in the market, with one peer declaring her: "The ideal of what a capital markets lawyer should be." She is an expert in cross-border equity offerings, as well as both high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

David Goldschmidt acts on both domestic and international securities offerings. Client speak of his "tremendous experience and very good business judgment" and also appreciate his willingness to provide guidance in time-sensitive situations.

Stacy Kanter has an excellent practice advising clients on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, as well as both public and private equity securities offerings and corporate restructurings. Clients consider her to be "a subject-matter expert on all things capital markets." Peers speak similarly highly of her, stating: "She has a vast reservoir of experience and understands how to apply that in a very practical way, rather than just giving theoretical advice."

Gregory Fernicola practices in the debt and equity space, assisting issuers and investment banks on public and private offering transactions as well as LBOs and restructurings. Clients praise him for his "legal and technical know-how, and his practical approach."

Head of Skadden's West Coast capital markets practice Gregg Noel is praised by sources for his "very broad knowledge base." He works on private and public offerings, as well as restructurings and M&A deals.

The "terrific" Michael Zeidel is very highly regarded by market commentators, with one in particular describing him as "professional but also commercially sensitive." He works for a number of the world's leading investment banks on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, as well as public and private equity offerings.

About the Team (content provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates)

Our Corporate Finance Group advises on the full range of public and private financings and consistently is recognized as one of the top advisers on corporate financings and related transactions. Our experience encompasses the complete spectrum of equity, debt and hybrid instruments issued by U.S. and international companies in global markets. In a capital markets environment characterized by rapid change and innovation, our attorneys structure new securities and transactions for clients that enable them to meet their business goals. We represent a diverse range of public and private companies of all sizes, investment banks, private equity firms, and governments and government entities.

Our work frequently is recognized in respected industry publications and rankings. Skadden was ranked in the top tier by IFLR1000 2017 for capital markets: debt and equity. We also ranked in the top tier for securities/capital markets by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017. Skadden was named Capital Markets Firm of the Year at the 2016 Who’s Who Legal Awards. Skadden ranked first (by volume) in representing issuers for U.S. high-yield corporate bonds, and first (by number of issues) representing issuers for U.S. equity linked offerings by Bloomberg (January 2016). We were named among Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year for 2016.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles the full range of capital markets matters, including all types of high-level securities offerings. Able to offer a broad range of expertise thanks to significant strength in M&A, banking and regulatory law. Also noted for its ability to handle major cross-border matters for issuer clients across a raft of industries.

Strengths "The service levels are excellent. They are always there for us, have never had a problem meeting deadlines and their guidance is very sound," notes an appreciative client.

"They understand the intricacies of the market and do an excellent job," one client reveals.

Work highlights Advised the underwriters on Cadence Bancorporation’s $172.5 million SEC-registered IPO.

Represented BNP Paribas and First Hawaiian Bank in the latter's IPO and the former's sale of 24.3 million shares of common stock.

Notable practitioners

Robert Buckholz is an acclaimed figure known for his work on public and private financings, including high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings. Clients consider him to be "very knowledgeable" and praise his "deep intellect."

David Harms is of counsel to the firm and remains incredibly well respected, with one commentator describing him as "royalty" in the space. He is particularly well known for his work on corporate governance, SEC requirements and capital markets offerings. One source notes: "David is a great lawyer who is equally comfortable on debt and equity deals."

Robert Downes is "an outstanding attorney with great business sense and savvy," clients remark. He works on public and private offerings of both debt and equity securities, and receives notable endorsements of his work on governance issues and corporate matters.

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To learn about our practice, please visit www.sullcrom.com/practices-and-capabilities.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strength in handling all aspects of capital markets transactions and financings in the energy sector. Acts for both issuers and underwriters on IPOs, investment-grade debt offerings and private placements. A strong international standing, which enables the team to handle complex cross-border matters. Offers additional expertise in complex securities deals involving REITs.

Strengths Clients say "it was a pleasure to work with Vinson & Elkins" and praise the team's "exceptional subject matter knowledge, expertise and delivery."

Sources describe the team as "excellent" and appreciate its "expertise, responsiveness and timeliness."

Work highlights Provided counsel to BP Midstream Partners on its planned IPO.

Acted for Plains All American Pipeline in its $1.6 billion private placement.

Notable practitioners

Mark Kelly is chairman of the firm but continues to enjoy an active practice in the capital markets and corporate spheres, acting for both public and private companies on a range of transactions. Commentators consider him a "great marshall of resources" and describe him as "a good senior guy for situations where real problem-solving is needed."

David Oelman is highly regarded by his clients, with commentators praising his "highly engaging intellect and ability to summarize pros and cons," and his "impressive mastery of the subject matter." They also describe him as "someone with deep legal expertise, great judgment and work ethic." He is particularly well known for advising on high-value IPOs and other equity offerings.

About the Team (content provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP)

V&E has ranked among the top five law firms representing issuers in U.S. IPOs in 11 of the past 15 years in The American Lawyer’s Corporate Scorecard.  Our work in the Master Limited Partnership (MLP) space is unparalleled: our lawyers have acted as the Issuer’s or Underwriters’ counsel in more than 80% of all natural resource or real estate MLP IPOs completed since the qualifying income test in 1987.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice which covers equity, investment-grade debt and leveraged finance. Represents both issuers and underwriters in complex transactions, as well as possessing notable experience working with private equity firms. Maintains close relationships with its banking and M&A departments to provide clients with a comprehensive service.

Work highlights Provided advice to Federal Street Acquisition on its $460 million IPO.

Represented TPG across two IPOs, one for its technology business, valued at $450 million, and one for its energy business, valued at $650 million.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Lynch heads the firm's capital markets practice and is respected within the space, with sources detailing his "excellent capital markets expertise." He focuses his practice on equity-backed securities, advising companies from a range of industries including financial services, private equity and retail, among others.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acknowledged as a significant market player for capital markets transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors. Possesses a proven track record in IPOs, as well as high-value Rule 144A and SEC-registered offerings. Acts for a combination of corporate issuers and investment banks.

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Notable practitioners

Jeff Saper is based in the firm's Palo Alto office where he acts for technology and emerging growth companies, as well as investment banks, on capital markets transactions. He regularly advises on IPOs and secondary offerings.

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Senior Statesperson

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Phyllis Korff commands a huge amount of respect in the market, with one peer declaring her: "The ideal of what a capital markets lawyer should be." She is an expert in cross-border equity offerings, as well as both high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

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Leslie N Silverman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Silverman commands a great deal of respect in the market, with clients saying: "When I really need advice about the biggest possible picture on an area of law, Leslie is invaluable." He represents issuers and underwriters on both domestic and international securities transactions.

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Eminent Practitioner

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Beveridge is the firm's global managing partner. He has notable experience working on both domestic and cross boarder securities transactions for issuers and underwriters. The focus of his work includes debt, equity and hybrid securities offerings.

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Eminent Practitioner

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Kelly is chairman of the firm but continues to enjoy an active practice in the capital markets and corporate spheres, acting for both public and private companies on a range of transactions. Commentators consider him a "great marshall of resources" and describe him as "a good senior guy for situations where real problem-solving is needed."

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Richard D Truesdell

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Truesdell"has an encyclopedic knowledge of his area of expertise and is proactive at spotting issues ahead of us," his clients reveal. He is incredibly well respected in the market, being described as "exceptional,""an excellent lawyer" and "the best capital markets lawyer on the Street." He acts for some of the leading investment bank clients on a plethora of debt and equity offering transactions.

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Robert E Buckholz Jr

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Buckholz is an acclaimed figure known for his work on public and private financings, including high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings. Clients consider him to be "very knowledgeable" and praise his "deep intellect."

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Clark has an excellent reputation for his work on high-yield products, with one peer going so far as to say: "He's clearly a top guy in high yield." He also works on both the debt and equity side of the market for investment banks and corporates in the space.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Jaffe commands an enviable reputation at the top of the market for his work on debt and equity offerings, but is most notable for his handling of IPOs. He is lauded by his clients for possessing "unbelievable judgment" and is also praised for his knowledge of the market.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kaplan is notable for his broad practice advising issuers and underwriters on both public and private debt and equity offerings, and also for his work on leveraged finance matters. He has an excellent reputation among his peers, with one in particular commenting: "Michael is brilliant, one of the top in the market."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Pitts garners praise from commentators for his work on public and private securities offerings, as well as liability management issues. Clients deem him a "top-notch, phenomenal lawyer" and praise his ability to "give quick responses and well thought-out answers."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Arcella is well respected by his sources, with one peer describing him as "smart, constructive and responsive." He handles a wide range of debt and equity offerings, representing both issuer and underwriter clients.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific lawyer" Stephen Burns is co-head of Cravath's financing practice and regularly advises investment banks in connection with private and public securities offerings, as well on general corporate matters. Sources describe him as "a very smart guy who is solutions-oriented, even-keeled and has a great personality."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Denenberg receives kudos for his work with convertible instruments, but has additional elements to his practice such as both equity and debt financing experience in a number of industries including technology, telecommunications and healthcare. Sources consider him to be "experienced, knowledgeable and great to work with." He is head of the firm's Northern California office.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Ezring is an expert in the area of high-yield debt offerings, on which he advises some of the leading private equity houses and asset managers. Market commentators say; "He is extremely commercial, very analytical and an excellent lawyer," while clients regard him as "very smart, sharp, creative, responsive, client friendly" and praise his ability to "understand complex scenarios."

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David J Goldschmidt

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

David Goldschmidt acts on both domestic and international securities offerings. Client speak of his "tremendous experience and very good business judgment" and also appreciate his willingness to provide guidance in time-sensitive situations.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Harms is of counsel to the firm and remains incredibly well respected, with one commentator describing him as "royalty" in the space. He is particularly well known for his work on corporate governance, SEC requirements and capital markets offerings. One source notes: "David is a great lawyer who is equally comfortable on debt and equity deals."

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William M Hartnett

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Hartnett has a strong practice acting on debt and equity securities transactions, and is particularly adept at handling issuances of both secured and unsecured high-yield debt securities.

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Valerie Ford Jacob

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Valerie Ford Jacob is co-head of the global capital markets practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. She works with issuers and underwriters on IPOs, secondary offerings and high-yield debt securities offerings. Her clients describe her as "pragmatic, extremely focused on results and a very effective problem solver."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Stacy Kanter has an excellent practice advising clients on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, as well as both public and private equity securities offerings and corporate restructurings. Clients consider her to be "a subject-matter expert on all things capital markets." Peers speak similarly highly of her, stating: "She has a vast reservoir of experience and understands how to apply that in a very practical way, rather than just giving theoretical advice."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to clients, Jeffrey Karpf"is an excellent negotiator, very good at managing tense situations and finding the best results for all parties." They add: "It doesn't get much better than working with a responsive, smart and practical lawyer likehim." He works on private debt and equity offerings, as well as tender exchange offers, and represents a number of the industry's leading investment banks.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kennedy works with investment bank and issuer clients on debt and equity offerings. One client describes him as "a great lawyer who is knowledgeable and down to earth."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Korff is an acclaimed practitioner in the securities space, well respected for his work on high-yield debt offerings. One client remarks: "He's excellent – my go-to, number one trusted adviser."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Lopez works on public and private debt and equity offerings, as well as on corporate financing and liability management matters. One client calls him a "leading expert on all matters related to liability management," while another describes him as "very helpful, responsive and knowledgeable."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Lopez enjoys a fabulous reputation in the market and is lauded for his "very deep knowledge of high-yield products" and also his "exceptional understanding of his client's business concerns." He is especially adept at handling complex IPOs.

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Arthur D Robinson

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Robinson is global head of the firm's capital markets practice and has notable experience handling high-yield bond transactions for leading investment banks. Multiple sources laud him for his client service abilities, with one in particular stating: "His ability to make the process easy and pain-free for the client is incredible," while another highlights his "great commercial sense and legal judgment."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Benjamin"is top notch" according to clients, who add: "He has an unbelievable grasp of the market, the ability to manage corporate processes, as well as managing a team very well." He works on investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings for issuers and investment banks, as well as also working on LBOs and liability management issues.

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Joshua Ford Bonnie

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Ford Bonnie is spoken of highly by sources, with one commenting: "He is a true partner: He is highly commercial, thinks like a business person and anticipates what we'll need before we need it." This source adds: "His customer service is as good as it gets." He is also highlighted as being "very pragmatic and knowledgeable" and is particulary noted for his handling of IPOs.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Brod"is one of the most brilliant lawyers on the Street – spectacular and absolutely the most delightful, brilliant, thoughtful man you can imagine," one source enthuses. He handles a range of complex public and private securities offerings.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients commend Bruce Dallas's "mastery of securities laws," adding: "If I have a really technical question, he is one of my favorite lawyers to go to." He is based on the West Coast and advises clients hailing from the technology sector with high-yield debt and IPOs, as well as convertible debt offerings and repurchase programs.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Colin Diamond of White & Case LLP works on equity transactions, as well as high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, for investment banks and issuers. Sources describe him as a "good business partner, responsive and flexible."

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Downes is "an outstanding attorney with great business sense and savvy," clients remark. He works on public and private offerings of both debt and equity securities, and receives notable endorsements of his work on governance issues and corporate matters.

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Gregory Fernicola

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Fernicola practices in the debt and equity space, assisting issuers and investment banks on public and private offering transactions as well as LBOs and restructurings. Clients praise him for his "legal and technical know-how, and his practical approach."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Fogg is a "terrific lawyer" according to his peers, and clients also praise his "breadth of knowledge, unmatched experience and collaborative style." He is cochair of the firm's financing practice and assists clients with high-yield debt offerings, as well as other public and private securities transactions.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Gelfond is considered by his clients to be "a very fine lawyer who is well versed and has deep experience." Another client enthuses: "Stuart is a true counselor possessing Solomonic judgment and unsurpassed knowledge of debt covenants." He has a notable practice focused on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

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Douglas S Horowitz

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Horowitz represents some of the leading investment banks on issuance transactions of both secured and unsecured high-yield debt securities. He is well regarded by market sources, with a peer describing him as "very helpful, creative and a good collaborator."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Kaufman is "an excellent securities lawyer who is very knowledgeable about the law and the market," a client attests. He has a very broad practice acting on both debt and equity securities offerings, as well as providing counsel on corporate governance issues.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Loughran represents issuers and underwriters on a range of securities offerings and corporate governance matters. He recently provided counsel to SiteOne Landscape Supply with a series of secondary offerings worth $1.2 billion.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rod Miller of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is held in high regard by his clients, and is commended for his "understanding of the business ramifications of a deal." He handles debt and equity offerings, as well as acting on leveraged acquisitions and other corporate matters.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of Skadden's West Coast capital markets practice Gregg Noel is praised by sources for his "very broad knowledge base." He works on private and public offerings, as well as restructurings and M&A deals.

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Edward F Petrosky

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Petrosky advises on numerous securities matters, particularly those pertaining to the REITs market. He garners a great deal of praise, with clients commenting that "he is very high quality, knowledgeable, experienced and always has your back." Peers add that he is "very talented."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Greg Rodgers is held in particularly high regard by his clients, one of whom says: "Greg couldn't be better in terms of knowledge, service and patience with our team." He acts on both equity and debt offerings for issuers, investors and underwriters, with a notable strength on equity-linked securities and high-yield debt offerings.

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Jonathan A Schaffzin

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Schaffzin is lauded as a "really fine lawyer" by peers, and is known for his work on a range of debt-related securities transactions, for which he represents both issuers and borrowers. Clients say: "He is an extraordinary lawyer – not just a lawyer who explains legal arguments, but he also provides guidance from a business perspective."

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Michael J Schiavone

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Schiavone recently joined the Sidley Austin capital markets practice. He works with investment banks on debt and equity securities offerings as both underwriter's and issuer's counsel. Peers commend his "high-quality practice."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ian Schuman is praised for his "great perspective" and his ability to "figure out solutions." He is global cochair of the firm's capital markets practice, representing both issuers and underwriters on IPOs and high-yield debt offerings, among other transactions.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Slutzky acts for issuers and underwriters on a range of securities transactions, including IPOs, investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings and private placements. Sources praise his "high level of expertise" and his "good business sense" and consider him to be "an extremely valuable resource with good instincts."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Wallach has a strong practice in the debt space, particularly in regard to high-yield offerings, but also regularly advises on investment-grade offerings. Peers describe him as "terrific on high-yield offerings" and call him a "very talented lawyer."

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William J Whelan III

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Whelan is well versed in securities matters, with notable experience advising issuers and investment banks on IPOs and high-yield offerings, among other capital markets transactions. Sources say: "Bill is excellent – very strong on high-yield debt and overall a good guy to work with."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Michael Zeidel is very highly regarded by market commentators, with one in particular describing him as "professional but also commercially sensitive." He works for a number of the world's leading investment banks on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, as well as public and private equity offerings.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Zubkoff works on high-yield debt offerings, restructurings and equity-linked securities, among other things, for both domestic and international clients. He recently acted for J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and others as initial purchasers in connection with Live Nation's 144A offering of $575 million of senior notes.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Aftanas is regarded as a "high-quality lawyer" by peers, and described by clients as "a very cerebral lawyer who thinks through issues in a very methodical and thoughtful way, and explains them very simply and clearly." He advises clients on the full range of complex securities offerings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Julie Allen enjoys an impressive practice, acting for both issuers and underwriters on IPOs and follow-on offerings.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Best of Mayer Brown LLP is "very user-friendly, commercial and able to push things along in a collaborative way," sources say. He acts as issuers and underwriters counsel for some leading financial services companies and has particular knowledge of Rule 144A offerings. He is based in Chicago and thought to be "one of the top guys" in the city for capital markets transactions.

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Senet S. Bischoff

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senet Bischoff"is incredibly personable, very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating through tough issues in a commercial and collaborative way," market commentators reveal. He provides counsel on high-yield debt offerings, as well as IPOs, LBOs and both secured and unsecured offerings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients express warm approval of Stuart Bressman, describing him as "one of the most creative capital markets lawyers in New York" and praising his "deep experience and understanding of the full range of capital markets transactions." He counsels both underwriters and issuers on public and private offerings, and acts for some of the world's leading investment companies.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Bursky is co-head of the firm's capital markets practice and concentrates his work on the representation of issuers and underwriters in equity offerings, as well as high-yield debt transactions. He is thought of by clients as "an exceptional talent."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Fabens is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, with the former describing him as a "really good lawyer who does a good job," and the latter remarking: "Andrew is an excellent practical adviser who has a remarkable talent for projecting calm in a crisis." He has a niche practice acting for clients in the technology and media sectors, and is also frequently sought for counsel by investment banks.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samir Gandhi acts for both issuers and underwriters from the financial services, insurance and real estate industries in a range of capital markets transactions. Peers regard him as "a good level-headed lawyer."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Grabar typically handles debt offering transactions but is regarded by sources as having "a great overall knowledge of securities law.""Nicholas is fantastic – he's extremely smart and just incredibly responsive," one of his clients explains.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Hall is highly sought by clients given his enviable experience working at the SEC. He works on a wide array of capital markets offerings, as well as assisting companies on corporate governance matters related to the transactions he oversees. Commentators consider him to be a "very strong lawyer" who is "very practical."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Haueter handles public and private debt and equity financings, with skills in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, and IPOs. Peers say: "Eric is a very good, thorough lawyer who is detail-oriented and very hard-working."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Kaplan works with issuers, underwriters and private equity houses on a range of securities transactions, notably public and private debt and equity offerings, and also high-yield offerings. Clients praise his "cutting-edge legal advice and top-notch service" and generally consider him to be "very knowledgeable."

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Deanna Kirkpatrick

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Deanna Kirkpatrick handles public equity, equity-linked and debt security offering transactions for issuer and underwriter clients. Peers regard her to be a "practical and very knowledgeable practitioner."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Lobrano operates in the debt and equity space, handling public and private offerings as well as liability management issues. Peers regard him as "incredibly knowledgeable and very collaborative."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexander Lynch heads the firm's capital markets practice and is respected within the space, with sources detailing his "excellent capital markets expertise." He focuses his practice on equity-backed securities, advising companies from a range of industries including financial services, private equity and retail, among others.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Meade represents a broad range of domestic and international clients in public and private securities offerings. One client says: "John is a truly outstanding lawyer. We continue to be impressed by his deep knowledge and experience of debt and equity capital markets, his ability to foresee issues before they become problems and the remarkable grace and poise with which he addresses complex issues."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients descibe Donald Murray as "a very analytical individual who provides practical legal advice spoken in a plain-English manner," while also being "a strong communicator with a very pleasant style and top-notch client service." He has a notable practice acting for clients in the life sciences industry, providing advice to issuers and underwriters on IPOs and follow-on transactions.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Oelman is highly regarded by his clients, with commentators praising his "highly engaging intellect and ability to summarize pros and cons," and his "impressive mastery of the subject matter." They also describe him as "someone with deep legal expertise, great judgment and work ethic." He is particularly well known for advising on high-value IPOs and other equity offerings.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Saper is based in the firm's Palo Alto office where he acts for technology and emerging growth companies, as well as investment banks, on capital markets transactions. He regularly advises on IPOs and secondary offerings.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Monica Thurmond is "very aware of the market, very responsive and very hard-working," sources remark. She counsels issuer clients on both debt and equity issuances, including IPOs and high-yield debt offerings.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Tripodoro focuses his practice on the high-yield space, handling a number of debt transactions, as well as restructurings and IPOs. In the past year he has acted with many of the world's leading investment banks as initial purchasers on numerous public offerings.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP New York capital markets team, Paul Tropp is praised by clients for his "around-the-clock availability, attention to detail, commercial sense and pragmatism," and is also thought to be "extremely thoughtful and logical." He often acts in both debt and equity securities offerings for issuers and underwriters.

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Up and Coming

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Barkan continues to build his impressive capital markets securities practice, representing issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border IPOs and equity and debt offerings. Clients speak very highly of him, with one stating: "Andrew is one of the most knowledgeable capital markets professionals I have ever worked with," explaining: "He couples his deep knowledge with a great client-facing style that is easy going and educational."

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Up and Coming

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Janson is developing a fabulous reputation for his securities practice, with one peer stating: "He is a young up-and-comer who is at the top of his game." Clients are similarly impressed, with one noting: "Brian is extremely creative and extremely smart."

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Up and Coming

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Byron Rooney is developing an excellent reputation in the field and wins impressive levels of praise from his clients. One remarks on his "strong relationship skills and excellent abilities in problem solving," while another commends his "outstanding knowledge," further acknowledging him as "thoughtful and thorough." He advises financial institutions and corporate clients on IPOs, private placements, and a range of other debt and equity matters.

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