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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for 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.

Strengths The firm is widely acknowledged by market sources as "a high-yield debt powerhouse," with one commentator describing them as "the be-all and end-all of high-yield."

Notable practitioners

James Clark is considered "one of the top high-yield lawyers in the country" by market commentators. He also receives praise from clients for his "vast experience" and is described as someone "who gives great legal advice but sees the big picture as well." He advises on a broad spectrum of offerings, representing issuers and investment banks.

William Hartnett has over three decades of experience advising on capital markets transactions, with an emphasis on high-yield offerings. He has an outstanding reputation in the field and is acknowledged by clients as "the best in the business."

Jonathan Schaffzin is considered by sources to be "an excellent lawyer and top in high-yield work." His clients involve a raft of investment banks, which he represents on a wide range of complex debt offerings.

Douglas Horowitz is known in the capital markets field for his representation of investment banks, commercial banks and both public and private companies. Clients praise his "encyclopedic knowledge of case law and precedent."

John Tripodoro focuses his practice on the full range of capital markets transactions, including debt and equity offerings and bank financings.

Daniel Zubkoff works on a broad range of debt and equity matters, particularly securities offerings and debt restructurings. Clients praise his responsiveness, indicating: "He is available at any time and anywhere."

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Fully integrated capital markets practice, whose lawyers are able to draw upon specialties and experience from its 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.

Strengths "Cleary Gottlieb is an outstanding firm. They have a premier capital markets group and are highly respected in the banking community. They have extensive internal resources and knowledge that they always bring to the table. They are extremely bright and talented, as well as invariably hard-working and diligent. They are always respectful, cordial and easy to work with."

Sources also note that the firm stands apart for "striving to work with their clients to find creative solutions," with others indicating that they "deliver outstanding legal execution."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters in a series of SEC-registered equity offerings by Teva Pharmaceutical, with a combined valuation of over $27 billion.

Represented LINE Corporation in its $1.1 billion IPO and dual listing on the New York and Tokyo Stock Exchanges.

Significant clients Genting Hong Kong, Credit Suisse Group, Westlake Chemical, América Móvil, Petróleos Mexicanos.

Notable practitioners

Leslie Silverman is "known throughout Wall Street as an expert on any topic you can come up with," according to observers, while clients praise his "real-world legal advice." His recent work includes representing the underwriters in Citizens Financial Group's series of debt offerings with an aggregate value of over $5 billion.

David Lopez "always works to solve the problem in a manner that is most efficient and effective," enthuse sources, adding: "He limits the scope of discussion without in any way compromising on the quality of advice." He is recognized for his work on liability management matters and is also active advising on corporate governance issues and securities transactions.

Craig Brod is lauded by sources for his "depth and breadth of experience." He handles a range of capital markets offerings and receives recognition for his expertise in cross-border transactions.

Jeffrey Karpf is noted as "a smart guy whom people respect." Recent highlights include his representation of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital in Affiliated Managers Group's $489 million equity offering.

Nicolas Grabar has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and is acknowledged by market sources as "a very talented lawyer." He recently acted for América Móvil in two SEC-registered debt offerings, valued in total at EUR1.5 billion.

Alan Beller has many years of experience working on top-end capital markets transactions. He is also frequently sought to answer questions on corporate governance matters.

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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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Basic facts about the department
Palo Alto is a key office.

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 praise the "strength of the team" and note that "they've got an excellent sense of what's market."

Work highlights Represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical in connection with its $720 million follow-on offering.

Acted for Pure Storage in its $488 million IPO.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Global Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, NVIDIA.

Notable practitioners Eric Jensen is a key contact and is based in the firm's Palo Alto office.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

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

Strengths "They handle each matter, no matter how large or small, with the highest level of professionalism," remarks one satisfied client.

One observer praises the breadth of quality on offer at the firm and notes that "each time the advice and level of service has been exceptional."

Work highlights Represented Johnson & Johnson in two registered public offerings of its investment-grade debt securities, valued at $7.5 billion and EUR4 billion.

Acted for Avnet in its $550 million public offering of 4.625% Notes, due 2026.

Significant clients Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Eli Lilly, Ullumina, Zoetis, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Notable practitioners

Practice group chair Donald Murray regularly handles capital markets work for issuers in the life sciences and financial services sectors. His clients praise him as "incredibly diligent and responsive," noting: "He does a good job of working under tight timelines." Others comment: "He is very thoughtful about interpreting potential problems and providing constructive solutions."

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

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, which grants the team an enviable level of market awareness.

Strengths Clients call the firm "incredible and great to work with," highlighting its lawyers' ability to "get something done efficiently," and concluding that the group is "the cream of the crop."

The team receives notable praise for its efficiency, with clients noting: "They do a fantastic job - they understand what's important to each party and represent the client incredibly well but really try to get something done," with others praising its drive to produce "a truly collaborative result."

Work highlights Advised the underwriters on two debt offerings by Johnson & Johnson, valued at EUR4 billion and EUR7.5 billion.

Represented the initial purchasers in a $2.4 billion 144A high-yield bond offering by Centene.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Pinnacle Foods, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly responsive and practical" Stephen Burns is described by satisfied clients as someone who "sees the big picture and understands corporate politics when giving advice." His clients include both underwriters and issuers, which he assists with a wide variety of securities offerings.

Andrew Pitts is heralded by clients as "very practical, hard-working and efficient." He is head of the firm's North American capital markets practice and assists clients with an array of different securities transactions. Commentators also praise his ability to "get the larger business picture."

William Whelan is a seasoned corporate attorney who advises issuers and underwriters on a wide variety of securities offerings. His recent work includes representing Citi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse as lead underwriters in $6 billion worth of senior debt offerings by Express Scripts Holding Company.

John White is able to "combine thoughtful legal analysis and practical advice," comment impressed observers. He focuses on regulatory matters and also has experience assisting with public financings and corporate governance matters.

Craig Arcella provides clients with "the highest level of service and advice" and helps them to "understand what issues really matter." He recently acted for the underwriters in a series of equity offerings by Axalta Coatings Systems totaling $2.9 billion.

William Fogg is cochair of the firm's financing department. He has significant experience assisting on a broad spectrum of public and private securities transactions. He recently represented Mylan in two 144A debt offerings worth a total of $7.5 billion.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

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. Particularly adept at handling the largest IPOs in the market, alongside expertise in high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

Strengths One commentator lauds the firm as "among the best of the best," while others draw attention to its "incredibly high standards."

Clients note that its lawyers are "smart, creative and really pay attention," while others praise the group as "enormously responsive" with "very smart and thoughtful" lawyers.

Work highlights Represented Atena in a series of notes offerings, valued at approximately $13 billion.

Acted for the underwriter in connection with two secondary equity offerings by Walgreens Boots Alliance, with an aggregate value of $2.4 billion.

Significant clients FedEx, Murphy Oil, Fogo de Chão, Israel Chemicals, Digicel.

Notable practitioners

Enthusiastic clients describe Richard Truesdell as "simply the best capital markets lawyer in the world." He is cochair of the firm's global capital markets group and well known for being "incredibly technically proficient." He advises on the full range of debt and equity transactions, working for corporate clients and leading investment banks.

Michael Kaplan is a distinguished securities expert who displays substantial prowess in the full range of capital markets transactions. He is the first port of call for many high-profile clients who value his "encyclopedic knowledge," describing him as "one of the most technically gifted capital markets lawyers" before adding: "With him, you know you are getting the crème de la crème."

Richard Sandler leads the firm's capital markets and corporate governance group. He has an outstanding reputation for advising on securities offerings, with one client commenting: "His knowledge and ability to spot critical issues is without equal. That talent, when combined with his experience-based judgment, makes the client confident they are well protected."

Alan Denenberg is head of the firm's Menlo Park office and is valued by clients for his "experience and judgment." He recently handled a $1.1 billion high-yield bond transaction for Equinix, having also assisted with its $862.5 million follow-on equity offering.

Bruce Dallas is based in the firm's Menlo Park office, from where he frequently assists clients from the biotech and hi-tech industries on capital markets transactions, as well as underwriters. His recent work includes representing Comcast Corporation on a series of debt offerings with an aggregate value of upwards of $10 billion.

Joseph Hall is head of the firm's corporate governance practice and works on a wide range of capital markets transactions. He recently advised the joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters on Red Rock Resorts' $531 million IPO.

Deanna Kirkpatrick "has a very good sense of not just the legal requirements, but also the market dynamics," comment observers. She is very active in US capital markets transactions, including IPOs and debt offerings, working across a broad range of industries.

Clients enthusiastically describe John Meade as a "tremendous asset to any company." He garners praise for his "wealth of knowledge and experience," and is also described as "stunningly smart but always practical." He acts for both domestic and international clients in complex securities offerings.

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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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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Works primarily on the issuer and private equity side of deals. Able to remain at the forefront of regulatory changes while maintaining a strong transactional offering, with both domestic and cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Clients highlight the "remarkable consistency" in quality between the firm's junior and senior staff, commenting that "overall, they do a really fantastic job."

Commentators are "extremely impressed" with the firm, describing its lawyers as "encyclopedic in their knowledge."

Significant clients Gogo, Principal Financial Group, HD Supply, International Paper, Envision Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Peter Loughran is appreciated for his ability to guide his clients through crises with a "calm and confident demeanor." Observers describe him as "extremely wise and experienced" and state that "he always has the right advice." He advises corporate issuers and investment banks on the full spectrum of securities offerings.

Steven Slutzky is cochair of the firm's capital markets group. His clients note that he is "extremely hard-working, knowledgeable, accurate and precise," while others praise his ability to "understand the big picture, boil it down to key components and explain it in clear terms to non-lawyers." He advises on securities transactions, including a range of debt and equity offerings.

Matthew Kaplan co-heads the firm's capital markets group. He advises investment banks, private equity firms and corporate issuers on a range of securities transactions and governance matters.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts 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, as well as a range of transactions for clients in the shipping industry.

Strengths One satisfied client asserts: "The lawyers I have worked with at Fried Frank are strong, commercial lawyers that are capable of providing advice on all deal matters and coming up with creative solutions when required. We have been very pleased with their work."

Sources highlight their "good business judgment" and value their "real-world experience," while other interviewees note that "they always spend time thinking things through and looking at different angles."

Work highlights Advised the underwriters in a series of debt offerings by Procter & Gamble, the total value of which exceeded $2 billion.

Represented At Home in its $130 million IPO.

Significant clients Under Armour, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Perrigo, J.P. Morgan, Grupo Televisa.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Gelfond is a "strategic thinker and business oriented," and "is always creative in trying to find an answer to our questions." Others conclude: "I know I can always rely on Stuart." He has experience advising on the full range of investment-grade and high-yield offerings, as well as high-value IPOs.

Daniel Bursky "provides commercial advice realizing that the client's goal is to get a deal done," according to market observers. He has a broad securities transactional practice, assisting clients on a variety of debt and equity offerings.

Andrew Barkan "is very responsive, very technical and gives excellent objective advice," his clients say. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, including the representation of issuers and underwriters on IPOs, follow-on equity offerings and both high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

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

What the team is known for Well-rounded practice, advising underwriters and issuers on a broad spread of capital markets transactions. Fields debt and equity specialists in offices across the USA. Well supported by its reputable regulatory group.

Strengths Clients highlight the team as "responsive," noting: "When I call, they get back to me in a very reasonable time."

Work highlights Advised Intel on a series of debt offerings, including two listed on the Taipei Exchange.

Represented Capital One Financial in several debt and equity transactions, totaling $7.5 billion.

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, T-Mobile USA, Wells Fargo Securities, AT&T, GE.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Fabens represents a broad range of clients, both in the USA and globally, on an extensive array of capital markets transactions. He recently advised Mondelēz International in a series of Sterling, Swiss franc and Euro-denominated note offerings. Sources consider him to be "efficient," with clients indicating: "He is responsive and gives advice we value."

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

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.

Strengths A client describes the team as "thoughtful and efficient," while another adds: "They are responsive and move quickly when circumstances require."

Work highlights Acted for Gaming & Leisure Properties in debt and equity offerings with an aggregate value of $400 million.

Acted for Mimecast in connection with its $78 million IPO.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, BeiGene, Global Blood Therapeutics, Wells Fargo Securities, Morgan Stanley.

Notable practitioners

Ettore Santucci is head of the firm's capital markets practice and a key contact.

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

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

What the team is known for Especially 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. A popular choice for private equity funds engaging in complex capital markets transactions.

Strengths Commentators praise the firm for its "top-notch advice and flawless work," with clients particularly valuing the industry knowledge offered by the team, noting that "they have a true idea of the market."

Observers describe the firm as "creative and practical," commending the lawyers' "attention to detail," before concluding: "I know the advice I'm getting is going to be spot-on."

Work highlights Acted for Molson Coors Brewing in several offerings of senior notes, valued in total at approximately $7 billion.

Represented Kellogg in its issuance of $2.1 billion of bonds, consisting of three separate offerings.

Significant clients Avis Budget Group, HJ Heinz, Travelport, GrubHub, Blackstone.

Notable practitioners

Joshua Korff is described by sources as an "excellent all around" lawyer. He is particularly active in high-yield transactions and recently advised Acelity in two bond offerings of 9.625% and 7.875% of senior secured notes worth a total of around $2.15 billion.

Richard Aftanas "is a well-known, great lawyer," according to peers. He handles a broad range of capital markets work, including both public and private finance transactions, IPOs and high-yield debt 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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

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 The team draws high praise from observers and is acknowledged as an "exceptional practice driven by an understanding of the legal requirements, but also a healthy dose of commercial perspective."

Another commentator labels the firm "a powerhouse," while another praises the firm's "deep expertise in products and great client relationships."

Work highlights Represented Amgen in connection with its offering of a series of outstanding notes with an aggregate value of approximately $5 billion.

Advised NBTY in a high-yield senior notes offering worth $1.2 billion.

Significant clients Toys R Us, Shake Shack, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Marc Jaffe assists investment banks and corporate clients with the full range of high-value debt and equity capital markets transactions. Following his previous representation of Performance Food Group on its $317 million IPO, he more recently assisted with its subsequent $335 million follow-on offering of shares of common stock.

Michael Chambers is described by commentators as "a tremendous high-yield lawyer." His practice is focused on debt securities transactions and leveraged finance matters. He is based in the firm's Houston office.

Greg Rodgers regularly represents both investors and issuers in a range of capital markets transactions. Peers regard him to be "very smart" and an "excellent lawyer."

Peers are impressed with Michael Benjamin, with market sources indicating they would "give him high marks" for his capital markets work. He regularly advises clients on investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings, as well as leveraged buyouts.

Ian Schuman is global co-head of the firm's capital markets practice and advises issuers and investment banks on an array of securities offerings. Clients appreciate his "positive energy" and praise his "vocal contributions."

Senet Bischoff receives high praise from clients for his work on high-yield debt offerings. His expertise also includes secured and unsecured offerings, leveraged buyouts and IPOs.

Courtenay Myers Lima recently represented Rabobank Nederland in a $1.5 billion offering of subordinated notes. She has a broad practice, advising on an array of complex securities matters. Clients attest to her "great attention to detail," calling her a "fantastic transactional lawyer."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for A varied practice, covering IPOs, private placements and investment-grade debt offerings. Possesses a wealth of experience advising corporate issuers on transactions across a spread of industries, including technology, life sciences and consumer products. Also offers advice on the regulatory and corporate governance aspects of deals. Frequently acts for investment banks in their role of underwriter on high-value securities deals.

Work highlights Represented Whole Foods Market in a Rule 144A offering of senior notes worth $1 billion.

Acted for the underwriters with regard to Bank of America's offering of $5 billion of senior notes.

Significant clients Barclays Capital, Southwest Gas, Capital One Financial, Bank of Nova Scotia, AutoZone.

Notable practitioners

The "highly experienced" James Tanenbaum demonstrates prowess in the full range of securities transactions. His clients include global investment banks and corporate clients from the technology sector.

Since publication, James Tanenbaum has left this practice.

About the Team (content provided by Morrison & Foerster LLP)

Equity capital markets. Morrison & Foerster has for decades been known as one of the leading securities firms advising issuers on private placements and IPOs. We are also well known for our work on cross-border or global offerings, where we are able to bring to bear the experience of our colleagues across a number of our offices. We are one of the few firms that is equally strong on the issuer and on the underwriter side. We are called on to assist in PIPE transactions, IPOs and follow-on offerings. Clients value our dexterity and experience in crafting new financial products and offering methodologies.

Debt capital markets. We represent both issuers and underwriters in debt offerings. We advise in connection with cross-border debt offerings (144A/4(a)(2)) by foreign issuers; advise in connection with high-grade and investment-grade debt offerings; advise in connection with continuous debt offering programs, like medium-term note and bank note programs; advise on secured debt issuances, including covered bond offerings; and advise in connection with structured notes offerings.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

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 transactions. Regularly advises clients on high-value debt, equity and hybrid securities offerings and brings recognized strength to IPOs and high-yield products.

Strengths One commentator explains that the firm understands "the unique things that are important to us, the way we work and the way we think."

Sources describe the "first-rate" service on offer and highlight the team's "high levels of expertise" and ability to "throw a massive team at a project and turn things around exceptionally fast."

Work highlights Represented Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in a series of note offerings with an aggregate value of over $8 billion.

Advised Prime Security Services in its offering of $3.14 billion of high-yield bonds.

Significant clients Wendy's, Revlon, Ralph Lauren, Apollo Global Management, Kraft Heinz.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Ezring is noted by clients for his ability to see "the big picture" and is also praised as "highly strategic." He is co-head of the firm’s North American capital markets and securities practice and is particularly adept at handling high-yield debt offerings.

John Kennedy is cochair of the firm's North American capital markets and securities group and advises corporate issuers and investment banks on an array of debt and equity offerings. He recently advised Instelsat Jackson Holdings on its high-yield debt offering of $1.25 billion.

Sources describe Monica Thurmond as "incredibly technically proficient." She is recognized for her collaborative style and clients enthuse: "She helps us get the best thinking out of our team and facilitate getting to the right answer." Her areas of focus include a variety of public debt and equity offerings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in equity offerings and high-yield matters. Regularly works for underwriters in complex capital markets transactions and is frequently involved in high-value IPOs.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm as "good at solving problems," noting: "Proskauer creates solutions," while others praise its lawyers' "intelligent and savvy capital markets advice, and excellent client service."

Others comment that having "bona fide experts helping you through a process makes it go fluidly," while others indicate: "I feel comfortable that we're protected and safe."

Notable practitioners

Frank Lopez co-heads the firm's global capital markets practice and advises a range of issuers, underwriters and private equity sponsors on securities offerings. Clients draw attention to his "extraordinary creativity" and ability to "find an answer to any question no matter how hard it is."

Practice cochair Julie Allen is "communicative, talented, thorough and decisive," according to commentators. She is an expert in high-value equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs and secondary offerings.

Stuart Bressman garners praise for his "keen intelligence, exceptional responsiveness and deep knowledge of securities law." He advises clients on securities offerings and a range of complex compliance matters.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Broad experience handling complex debt and equity matters. Clients include corporate issuers, private equity outfits and investment banks. Particularly acknowledged for its expertise in transactions involving life sciences companies.

Work highlights Represented Surgery Partners in connection with its $271 million IPO and subsequent Rule 144A debt offering, worth $400 million.

Acted for Novavax in its offering of convertible bonds worth $300 million.

Significant clients Dunkin' Brands Group, Planet Fitness, DAVIDsTEA, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, IMS Health Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Patrick O'Brien is a key contact at the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Ropes & Gray LLP)

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts 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 technology, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, among others.

Strengths One source comments that any transaction undertaken with the firm has been "seamless" owing to the "high level of expertise, attention to detail and depth of experience" on offer.

Clients appreciate the team's skill in translating complex legal concepts "so that everyone understands them."

Work highlights Advised the underwriters in connection with Ford Motor Credit Company's notes offering, valued at $2.25 billion.

Represented Electronic Arts in its $1 billion senior notes offering.

Significant clients WebMD Health, UBS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs.

Notable practitioners

David Beveridge is the firm's global managing partner and advises on the full range of capital markets transactions. His clients value his "unparalleled knowledge of rules and regulations" and praise his "top-notch client focus."

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Sidley Austin LLP - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

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 energy, healthcare and utilities. Advises on a raft of investment-grade debt offerings, IPOs and transactions involving equity-linked products.

Strengths Commentators deem the firm "outstanding" and note that the team is "responsive and works well across its platform to get things done in the most efficient manner."

Work highlights Advised the underwriters in a series of notes offerings by John Deere Capital, with a total value of $4.5 billion.

Represented the underwriters in connection with three debt offerings by Kimco Realty totaling $1.1 billion.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, DaVita Healthcare Partners, Caterpillar Financial Services, Simon Property Group.

Notable practitioners

Eric Haueter has a broad corporate and securities practice and regularly provides advice on IPOs and both investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings. He is based in the firm's San Francisco office.

Edward Petrosky is cochair of the firm's capital markets group and a member of its executive committee. Clients point to his "customer-focused" approach and indicate that he "tries to protect everybody's interests, yet really wants to help us succeed in what we're trying to accomplish." He advises on a range of securities offerings and is well known for advising REITs and investment banks.

Samir Gandhi is described by observers as "very strong and experienced." He handles traditional corporate and capital markets matters, with experience representing both issuers and underwriters.

James O'Connor has a broad capital markets practice, advising corporate issuers and investment banks on the full range of securities transactions. He recently represented the underwriters in a series of bond offerings by American Honda Finance, worth $6 billion in total.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

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

Strengths Clients describe the group as "solution-focused and very proactive," with others noting that it "consistently produces excellent work."

Sources also praise the group's knowledge and way of approaching each issue in a "very practical and timely manner," while others comment that "they're all very attentive to detail."

Significant clients Microsoft, Scotiabank, RBS, MasterCard, Hilton Worldwide Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Robinson "acts as a trusted adviser and partner," according to one client, who describes him as an "incredibly experienced lawyer" who "manages clients and opposing counsel well." He is global head of the firm's capital markets practice as is particularly noted for his work on high-yield bond transactions.

Joshua Ford Bonnie earns plaudits for his work on IPOs and also regularly handles spin-offs and other equity capital markets offerings.

Edward Tolley concentrates his practice on a range of capital markets transactions, regularly advising on high-yield debt offerings and acquisition financing. He also has experience advising on high-profile IPOs.

Securities expert Joseph Kaufman is lauded for his capacity to offer "good, practical advice." Clients also indicate: "He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and how, from a practical perspective, it should be applied in any given situation," adding: "He is an excellent person to work with, not only for his knowledge and skills, but because he brings with him a strong desire to assist his client through complicated subject matters and knows how to manage large projects involving many lawyers in various jurisdictions." He has experience advising on both debt and equity capital markets transactions.

Kenneth Wallach earns recognition for his work on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings. He also has experience advising on corporate governance matters and restructurings.

John Lobrano is a seasoned capital markets lawyer known for working on public and private offerings, with significant experience handling cross-border transactions.

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)

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

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. Receives plaudits for its strength in high-yield debt offerings.

Strengths Clients praise the team, calling it their "go-to firm" for capital markets matters and characterizing the team as "uniformly excellent," as well as "well balanced and thorough."

"There is tremendous continuity within the team and they are very broad in terms of the specialties they have available. They communicate very well within the firm."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters, consisting of J.P. Morgan Securities, Allen & Company and others, in Match Group's $400 million IPO.

Assisted Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Global Markets, as joint book running managers, in BATS Global Markets' IPO, valued at $291 million.

Notable practitioners

David Goldschmidt's recent work includes representing the bookrunning managers in a series of debt and equity offerings by affiliates of Blackstone. He has a broad securities practice, advising corporate issuers and banks on a wide variety of capital markets deals.

Stacy Kanter is co-head of the firm's global corporate finance practice. She advises on an array of private and public securities offerings and recently advised Express Scripts Holding Company on a series of offerings of senior notes, valued in total at $6 billion.

Gregory Fernicola is described by enthusiastic clients as "practical, proactive, client-friendly, solution-oriented and a really good team player." He has recently acted for Stanley Black & Decker in connection with its $633 million IPO.

Gregg Noel is head of the firm's West Coast corporate finance practice and has a "great reputation" for his capital markets work, according to peers. His areas of expertise include public offerings, private placements and M&A transactions.

Michael Zeidel is well respected by his clients and described as "experienced and commercially minded," as well as "strong across all capital instruments." He has particular expertise in public and private equity offerings and high-yield investments.

Phyllis Korff has a wealth of experience handling capital markets matters for a range of issuer and underwriter clients. Recently she was part of the team that advised Morgan Stanley and Citibank as joint bookrunning managers in BATS Global Markets' $291 million IPO.

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)

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

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 mergers and acquisitions, banking and regulatory law. Also noted for its ability to handle major cross-border matters for issuer clients across a raft of industries.

Strengths Clients value the firm's understanding of their business and goals, explaining that "they're good at finding solutions."

Work highlights Represented Anheuser-Busch InBev Finance in connection with two debt offerings, the second of which was listed on the Taipei Exchange. The total value of the bonds was upwards of $47 billion.

Advised the underwriters on Visa's $16 billion offering of SEC-registered notes.

Significant clients Ferrari, First Hawaiian Bank, Mattel, Intercontinental Exchange, DISH Network Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Robert Buckholz heads the firm's corporate and finance group and has a strong focus on capital markets transactions, with peers describing him as "a great securities lawyer." He has experience in the full range of private and public debt and equity offerings.

David Harms advises a range of clients, including issuers and underwriters, in securities and corporate law matters. He has a particular focus on capital markets transactions, SEC requirements and governance-related issues.

Clients say they "always love working with" Robert Downes, citing his "great governance and securities advice." He handles an array of transactional matters, particularly public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

About the Team (content provided by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP)

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Houston.

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 and investment-grade debt offerings. A strong international standing, which enables the team to handle complex cross-border matters. Offers additional expertise in complex securities deals involving REITs.

Strengths Commentators highlight the firm's high-quality work within the energy space and note that they are "greatly respected" in this area.

Clients comment that they "have a lot of confidence" in the firm's capital markets offering, adding that they "do a great job of sorting issues quickly and getting us over the finish line."

Work highlights Acted for Plains All American Pipeline in private placement of convertible preferred stock and a bond offering, the combined value of which totaled in excess of $2 billion.

Represented Columbia Pipeline Group in its common stock offering worth $1.4 billion.

Significant clients Oasis Petroleum, Western Gas Partners, Parsley Energy, Spark Energy, Group 1 Automotive.

Notable practitioners

David Oelman has a broad corporate and securities practice, advising issuers and underwriters on a wide array of public and private offerings. Market sources describe him as "a very hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced guy."

Firm chairman Mark Kelly maintains an active practice and handles a range of capital markets, corporate governance and M&A work. He is praised by clients for his ability to "keep our broader corporate landscape in mind" when advising on a deal.

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

V&E has a top capital markets practice, not only in Texas, but nationwide. Our practice is consistently recognized as top in the U.S., most recently including:

  • More than 10 top-10 rankings in Bloomberg’s 2015 Year End League Tables, including #3 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Manager Advisers (IPO) by deal value, and #4 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Issuer Advisers by deal value.
  • 10 top-10 rankings in The American Lawyer’s 2016 Corporate Scorecard, including #3 for U.S. IPOs (Issuers’ Counsel by value), and #3 for Equities (non-IPO) (Issuers’ Counsel by volume).

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)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for A 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.

Strengths Clients note that the firm is "extraordinarily broad and deep in their knowledge base," adding that it provides an "exceptional service."

One commentator praises the team's high-quality offering, commenting that they "bring a high level of experience and judgment to the most difficult and sensitive legal issues."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters, which included Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, in connection with two debt offerings by Microsoft, with an aggregate value of approximately $33 billion.

Acted for General Electric Capital in an offering of $36 billion worth of unsecured senior notes by its subsidiary company, GE Capital International Funding Company.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Estée Lauder, EQT Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley, Advent International.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Alexander Lynch heads up the firm's capital markets practice.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Palo Alto.

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.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its "strong grasp of the market."

Significant clients LinkedIn, Mesoblast, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, GoDaddy, J.P. Morgan Securities.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Saper "has been great for a long time" and is known for his work handling capital markets investments on behalf of emerging growth companies.

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Senior Statesmen

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Beller has many years of experience working on top-end capital markets transactions. He is also frequently sought to answer questions on corporate governance matters.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Phyllis Korff has a wealth of experience handling capital markets matters for a range of issuer and underwriter clients. Recently she was part of the team that advised Morgan Stanley and Citibank as joint bookrunning managers in BATS Global Markets' $291 million IPO.

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Eminent Practitioner

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Beveridge is the firm's global managing partner and advises on the full range of capital markets transactions. His clients value his "unparalleled knowledge of rules and regulations" and praise his "top-notch client focus."

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Eminent Practitioner

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Firm chairman Mark Kelly maintains an active practice and handles a range of capital markets, corporate governance and M&A work. He is praised by clients for his ability to "keep our broader corporate landscape in mind" when advising on a deal.

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Star Individuals

Richard D Truesdell

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Enthusiastic clients describe Richard Truesdell as "simply the best capital markets lawyer in the world." He is cochair of the firm's global capital markets group and well known for being "incredibly technically proficient." He advises on the full range of debt and equity transactions, working for corporate clients and leading investment banks.

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Robert E Buckholz Jr

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Buckholz heads the firm's corporate and finance group and has a strong focus on capital markets transactions, with peers describing him as "a great securities lawyer." He has experience in the full range of private and public debt and equity offerings.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Clark is considered "one of the top high-yield lawyers in the country" by market commentators. He also receives praise from clients for his "vast experience" and is described as someone "who gives great legal advice but sees the big picture as well." He advises on a broad spectrum of offerings, representing issuers and investment banks.

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William M Hartnett

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Hartnett has over three decades of experience advising on capital markets transactions, with an emphasis on high-yield offerings. He has an outstanding reputation in the field and is acknowledged by clients as "the best in the business."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Jaffe assists investment banks and corporate clients with the full range of high-value debt and equity capital markets transactions. Following his previous representation of Performance Food Group on its $317 million IPO, he more recently assisted with its subsequent $335 million follow-on offering of shares of common stock.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kaplan is a distinguished securities expert who displays substantial prowess in the full range of capital markets transactions. He is the first port of call for many high-profile clients who value his "encyclopedic knowledge," describing him as "one of the most technically gifted capital markets lawyers" before adding: "With him, you know you are getting the crème de la crème."

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Richard J Sandler

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Sandler leads the firm's capital markets and corporate governance group. He has an outstanding reputation for advising on securities offerings, with one client commenting: "His knowledge and ability to spot critical issues is without equal. That talent, when combined with his experience-based judgment, makes the client confident they are well protected."

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Leslie N Silverman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Silverman is "known throughout Wall Street as an expert on any topic you can come up with," according to observers, while clients praise his "real-world legal advice." His recent work includes representing the underwriters in Citizens Financial Group's series of debt offerings with an aggregate value of over $5 billion.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly responsive and practical" Stephen Burns is described by satisfied clients as someone who "sees the big picture and understands corporate politics when giving advice." His clients include both underwriters and issuers, which he assists with a wide variety of securities offerings.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Denenberg is head of the firm's Menlo Park office and is valued by clients for his "experience and judgment." He recently handled a $1.1 billion high-yield bond transaction for Equinix, having also assisted with its $862.5 million follow-on equity offering.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Ezring is noted by clients for his ability to see "the big picture" and is also praised as "highly strategic." He is co-head of the firm’s North American capital markets and securities practice and is particularly adept at handling high-yield debt offerings.

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David J Goldschmidt

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

From the Chambers USA guide

David Goldschmidt's recent work includes representing the bookrunning managers in a series of debt and equity offerings by affiliates of Blackstone. He has a broad securities practice, advising corporate issuers and banks on a wide variety of capital markets deals.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Harms advises a range of clients, including issuers and underwriters, in securities and corporate law matters. He has a particular focus on capital markets transactions, SEC requirements and governance-related issues.

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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 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP capital markets practice and financial institutions group. She is described as "a terrific lawyer" by her peers and has notable experience handling international financing matters.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Stacy Kanter is co-head of the firm's global corporate finance practice. She advises on an array of private and public securities offerings and recently advised Express Scripts Holding Company on a series of offerings of senior notes, valued in total at $6 billion.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kennedy is cochair of the firm's North American capital markets and securities group and advises corporate issuers and investment banks on an array of debt and equity offerings. He recently advised Instelsat Jackson Holdings on its high-yield debt offering of $1.25 billion.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Korff is described by sources as an "excellent all around" lawyer. He is particularly active in high-yield transactions and recently advised Acelity in two bond offerings of 9.625% and 7.875% of senior secured notes worth a total of around $2.15 billion.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Lopez "always works to solve the problem in a manner that is most efficient and effective," enthuse sources, adding: "He limits the scope of discussion without in any way compromising on the quality of advice." He is recognized for his work on liability management matters and is also active advising on corporate governance issues and securities transactions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Lopez co-heads the firm's global capital markets practice and advises a range of issuers, underwriters and private equity sponsors on securities offerings. Clients draw attention to his "extraordinary creativity" and ability to "find an answer to any question no matter how hard it is."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Pitts is heralded by clients as "very practical, hard-working and efficient." He is head of the firm's North American capital markets practice and assists clients with an array of different securities transactions. Commentators also praise his ability to "get the larger business picture."

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Arthur D Robinson

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Robinson "acts as a trusted adviser and partner," according to one client, who describes him as an "incredibly experienced lawyer" who "manages clients and opposing counsel well." He is global head of the firm's capital markets practice as is particularly noted for his work on high-yield bond transactions.

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Jonathan A Schaffzin

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Schaffzin is considered by sources to be "an excellent lawyer and top in high-yield work." His clients involve a raft of investment banks, which he represents on a wide range of complex debt offerings.

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William J Whelan III

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Whelan is a seasoned corporate attorney who advises issuers and underwriters on a wide variety of securities offerings. His recent work includes representing Citi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse as lead underwriters in $6 billion worth of senior debt offerings by Express Scripts Holding Company.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Aftanas "is a well-known, great lawyer," according to peers. He handles a broad range of capital markets work, including both public and private finance transactions, IPOs and high-yield debt offerings.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Arcella provides clients with "the highest level of service and advice" and helps them to "understand what issues really matter." He recently acted for the underwriters in a series of equity offerings by Axalta Coatings Systems totaling $2.9 billion.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers are impressed with Michael Benjamin, with market sources indicating they would "give him high marks" for his capital markets work. He regularly advises clients on investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings, as well as leveraged buyouts.

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Joshua Ford Bonnie

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Ford Bonnie earns plaudits for his work on IPOs and also regularly handles spin-offs and other equity capital markets offerings.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Brod is lauded by sources for his "depth and breadth of experience." He handles a range of capital markets offerings and receives recognition for his expertise in cross-border transactions.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Dallas is based in the firm's Menlo Park office, from where he frequently assists clients from the biotech and hi-tech industries on capital markets transactions, as well as underwriters. His recent work includes representing Comcast Corporation on a series of debt offerings with an aggregate value of upwards of $10 billion.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say they "always love working with" Robert Downes, citing his "great governance and securities advice." He handles an array of transactional matters, particularly public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

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Gregory Fernicola

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Fernicola is described by enthusiastic clients as "practical, proactive, client-friendly, solution-oriented and a really good team player." He has recently acted for Stanley Black & Decker in connection with its $633 million IPO.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Fogg is cochair of the firm's financing department. He has significant experience assisting on a broad spectrum of public and private securities transactions. He recently represented Mylan in two 144A debt offerings worth a total of $7.5 billion.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Gelfond is a "strategic thinker and business oriented," and "is always creative in trying to find an answer to our questions." Others conclude: "I know I can always rely on Stuart." He has experience advising on the full range of investment-grade and high-yield offerings, as well as high-value IPOs.

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Douglas S Horowitz

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Horowitz is known in the capital markets field for his representation of investment banks, commercial banks and both public and private companies. Clients praise his "encyclopedic knowledge of case law and precedent."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Karpf is noted as "a smart guy whom people respect." Recent highlights include his representation of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital in Affiliated Managers Group's $489 million equity offering.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Loughran is appreciated for his ability to guide his clients through crises with a "calm and confident demeanor." Observers describe him as "extremely wise and experienced" and state that "he always has the right advice." He advises corporate issuers and investment banks on the full spectrum of securities offerings.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rod Miller of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is known for handling public and private equity and debt offerings. Clients appreciate the breadth of his knowledge, describing him as "a great resource for complex deals."

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregg Noel is head of the firm's West Coast corporate finance practice and has a "great reputation" for his capital markets work, according to peers. His areas of expertise include public offerings, private placements and M&A transactions.

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Edward F Petrosky

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Petrosky is cochair of the firm's capital markets group and a member of its executive committee. Clients point to his "customer-focused" approach and indicate that he "tries to protect everybody's interests, yet really wants to help us succeed in what we're trying to accomplish." He advises on a range of securities offerings and is well known for advising REITs and investment banks.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Greg Rodgers regularly represents both investors and issuers in a range of capital markets transactions. Peers regard him to be "very smart" and an "excellent lawyer."

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Michael J Schiavone

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Schiavone of O'Melveny & Myers LLP "has excellent judgment and is very good to work with," his clients say. He has substantial experience handling both public and private securities transactions.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ian Schuman is global co-head of the firm's capital markets practice and advises issuers and investment banks on an array of securities offerings. Clients appreciate his "positive energy" and praise his "vocal contributions." 

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Slutzky is cochair of the firm's capital markets group. His clients note that he is "extremely hard-working, knowledgeable, accurate and precise," while others praise his ability to "understand the big picture, boil it down to key components and explain it in clear terms to non-lawyers." He advises on securities transactions, including a range of debt and equity offerings.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Tripodoro focuses his practice on the full range of capital markets transactions, including debt and equity offerings and bank financings.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Wallach earns recognition for his work on high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings. He also has experience advising on corporate governance matters and restructurings.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John White is able to "combine thoughtful legal analysis and practical advice," comment impressed observers. He focuses on regulatory matters and also has experience assisting with public financings and corporate governance matters.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Zubkoff works on a broad range of debt and equity matters, particularly securities offerings and debt restructurings. Clients praise his responsiveness, indicating: "He is available at any time and anywhere."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice cochair Julie Allen is "communicative, talented, thorough and decisive," according to commentators. She is an expert in high-value equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs and secondary offerings.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Best of Mayer Brown LLP provides counsel to clients on a range of capital markets issues, including Rule 144A offerings. His clients remark that he is "direct, knowledgeable, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with."

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Senet S. Bischoff

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senet Bischoff receives high praise from clients for his work on high-yield debt offerings. His expertise also includes secured and unsecured offerings, leveraged buyouts and IPOs.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Bressman garners praise for his "keen intelligence, exceptional responsiveness and deep knowledge of securities law." He advises clients on securities offerings and a range of complex compliance matters.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Bursky "provides commercial advice realizing that the client's goal is to get a deal done," according to market observers. He has a broad securities transactional practice, assisting clients on a variety of debt and equity offerings.

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J Michael Chambers

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Chambers is described by commentators as "a tremendous high-yield lawyer." His practice is focused on debt securities transactions and leveraged finance matters. He is based in the firm's Houston office.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Colin Diamond of White & Case LLP is respected by peers for the "very high quality" of his work. He offers advice on IPOs, registered equity offerings and compliance issues.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Fabens represents a broad range of clients, both in the USA and globally, on an extensive array of capital markets transactions. He recently advised Mondelēz International in a series of Sterling, Swiss franc and Euro-denominated note offerings. Sources consider him to be "efficient," with clients indicating: "He is responsive and gives advice we value." 

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samir Gandhi is described by observers as "very strong and experienced." He handles traditional corporate and capital markets matters, with experience representing both issuers and underwriters.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Grabar has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and is acknowledged by market sources as "a very talented lawyer." He recently acted for América Móvil in two SEC-registered debt offerings, valued in total at EUR1.5 billion.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Hall is head of the firm's corporate governance practice and works on a wide range of capital markets transactions. He recently advised the joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters on Red Rock Resorts' $531 million IPO.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Haueter has a broad corporate and securities practice and regularly provides advice on IPOs and both investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings. He is based in the firm's San Francisco office.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Kaplan co-heads the firm's capital markets group. He advises investment banks, private equity firms and corporate issuers on a range of securities transactions and governance matters.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Securities expert Joseph Kaufman is lauded for his capacity to offer "good, practical advice." Clients also indicate: "He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and how, from a practical perspective, it should be applied in any given situation," adding: "He is an excellent person to work with, not only for his knowledge and skills, but because he brings with him a strong desire to assist his client through complicated subject matters and knows how to manage large projects involving many lawyers in various jurisdictions." He has experience advising on both debt and equity capital markets transactions.

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Deanna Kirkpatrick

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Deanna Kirkpatrick "has a very good sense of not just the legal requirements, but also the market dynamics," comment observers. She is very active in US capital markets transactions, including IPOs and debt offerings, working across a broad range of industries.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Lobrano is a seasoned capital markets lawyer known for working on public and private offerings, with significant experience handling cross-border transactions.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients enthusiastically describe John Meade as a "tremendous asset to any company." He garners praise for his "wealth of knowledge and experience," and is also described as "stunningly smart but always practical." He acts for both domestic and international clients in complex securities offerings.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice group chair Donald Murray regularly handles capital markets work for issuers in the life sciences and financial services sectors. His clients praise him as "incredibly diligent and responsive," noting: "He does a good job of working under tight timelines." Others comment: "He is very thoughtful about interpreting potential problems and providing constructive solutions."

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Courtenay Myers Lima

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Courtenay Myers Lima recently represented Rabobank Nederland in a $1.5 billion offering of subordinated notes. She has a broad practice, advising on an array of complex securities matters. Clients attest to her "great attention to detail," calling her a "fantastic transactional lawyer."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James O'Connor has a broad capital markets practice, advising corporate issuers and investment banks on the full range of securities transactions. He recently represented the underwriters in a series of bond offerings by American Honda Finance, worth $6 billion in total.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Oelman has a broad corporate and securities practice, advising issuers and underwriters on a wide array of public and private offerings. Market sources describe him as "a very hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced guy."

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Saper "has been great for a long time" and is known for his work handling capital markets investments on behalf of emerging growth companies.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Monica Thurmond as "incredibly technically proficient." She is recognized for her collaborative style and clients enthuse: "She helps us get the best thinking out of our team and facilitate getting to the right answer." Her areas of focus include a variety of public debt and equity offerings.

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Edward P Tolley III

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Tolley concentrates his practice on a range of capital markets transactions, regularly advising on high-yield debt offerings and acquisition financing. He also has experience advising on high-profile IPOs.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Tropp of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP is described by clients as "practical and solutions-oriented." He acts for corporate issuers and underwriting investment banks in securities offerings.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Zeidel is well respected by his clients and described as "experienced and commercially minded," as well as "strong across all capital instruments." He has particular expertise in public and private equity offerings and high-yield investments.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Barkan "is very responsive, very technical and gives excellent objective advice," his clients say. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, including the representation of issuers and underwriters on IPOs, follow-on equity offerings and both high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings.

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