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Valerie Ford Jacob

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Capital Markets


Partner, co-head of our global capital markets practice and the co-head of our financial institutions group


Valerie acts as counsel to both issuers and underwriters in domestic and international financings, and represents clients in all types of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, high yield offerings, mezzanine and bridge financings, investment grade debt offerings, acquisition financings and recapitalizations. She also counsels corporations on corporate governance and securities regulation.

Before joining Freshfields, Valerie was the senior partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she also served as the head of the global capital markets practice. She is a frequent contributor to legal and other periodicals on securities laws and financing topics.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

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Valerie Ford Jacob - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s three-partner New York-based team benefits from the ‘top-tier experience’ of seasoned specialist and global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob. Manager-side mandates comprise the bulk of work, such as Ford Jacob acting with key partner Michael Levitt to advise the underwriters on Kroger’s $1bn offering of senior notes. In another key headline Paul Tropp, who heads the New York capital markets group, acted for the underwriters on Dollar General Corporation’s $600m offering of senior notes. The firm has strong relationships with major national and global investment banks and clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

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Clients of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP assert ‘you’re in good hands with this team’. Among its key attributes, sources highlight its ‘prompt thoughtful analysis’ as well as its ability to ‘combine securities law knowledge with sound commercial judgment’. The New York-based group enjoys strong links with underwriters and it also occasionally acts for issuers, such as its advice to Formula One Group and the selling stockholders (including CVC Capital Partners) on a $660m public offering - global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob and Michael Levitt led that work. In a manager-side highlight Paul Tropp, who is singled out for his ‘deep understanding of the client’s business’, advised the underwriters on TCG BDC’s $166.5m IPO.

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