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William Hartnett

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP


William M. Hartnett is chairman of the Executive Committee and has been a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP since 1987. Mr. Hartnett advises leading commercial and investment banking firms and public and private companies in a broad range of domestic and cross-border capital markets and lending transactions, including leveraged bank financings, out-of-court restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and debt and equity-linked securities offerings. Serves as outside corporate counsel to a number of public and private companies and has extensive experience representing special committees of the boards of directors of public companies in connection with strategic transactions and related compliance matters.


Rider University, BA, 1976, cum laude. Fordham University School of Law, JD, 1979, cum laude.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

The ‘very strong’ New York-based team at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP stands out for its ‘first-rate product knowledge’, ‘deep bench’ and ‘fair fees’. The firm’s excellent links with investment banks continues to pay dividends and it advised underwriters on a stream of investment grade debt deals over the past year. Daniel Zubkoff, Douglas Horowitz and Joshua Zelig acted for the joint book-running managers, global financing coordinators and other initial purchasers during a $20bn offering of first lien notes by subsidiaries of Dell. Elsewhere, John Tripodoro, Corey Wright and Brian Kelleher led the firm’s advice to the joint book-running managers and co-managers on CCO Safari II’s $15.5bn offering of senior secured notes. Other recommended names include William Hartnett and Jonathan Schaffzin.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Although better known for its debt - particularly high-yield debt - expertise, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s share of equity transactions continues to grow. Among its recent work, Daniel Zubkoff and Douglas Horowitz advised JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank Securities, Wells Fargo Securities and BMO Capital Markets as joint book-running managers on QEP Resources’ $422m share offering. Meanwhile, James Clark, William Miller and Marc Lashbrook acted for the underwriters in Gaming and Leisure Properties’ $862.5m common stock offering, which was used to fund the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment’s real estate assets. Other key names in the ‘excellent’ New York-based team are William Hartnett, John Tripodoro and Jonathan Schaffzin.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Leading lawyers

William Hartnett - Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Underwriter-side heavyweight Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is a ‘stand-out player in the high-yield space’ and for many, ‘no other firm comes close’. Certainly, the New York-based group’s impressive market share ensures it involvement in the top deals and it is a ‘first-choice for complex and cutting-edge high-yield matters’. The department’s ‘excellent product knowledge’, ‘peerless experience’ and ‘deep bench’ are also big draws for clients. Among the key names, William Hartnettcombines strong legal skills with great business sense’; he teamed up with Jonathan Frankel, Ted Lacey and the ‘innovative and strategicJohn Tripodoro to advise the joint book-running managers on the $3.1bn offering of second lien senior secured notes by Prime Security Services Borrower and Prime Finance. The ‘absolutely first-rateJames Clark is also a noted specialist and assisted with several notes issuances by First Data, including acting for the initial purchasers in First Data’s $3.4bn offering of notes - Hartnett, Adam Dworkin, Ann Makich, John Papachristos and Joshua Zelig also acted on the deal. William Miller and the ‘extremely strongJonathan Schaffzin advised the joint book-running managers on Equinix’s $1.1bn senior notes offering. Marc Lashbrook is also recommended.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s corporate partners regularly work alongside attorneys from the firm’s tax, antitrust, real estate, environmental, IP and executive compensation and employee benefits practices. Recent deals involved the insurance, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. For instance, the team advised insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro USA on the acquisition of Florida-based Jerry Parks Equine Insurance and Parks Insurance Corporation; for pharma and biotech services company ICON, the firm advised on the acquisition of PMG Research; and for the founders of Bluewolf Group, it advised on the sale of cloud consulting firm Bluewolf. It also acted for Trans World Entertainment in its acquisition of digital marketplace Etailz. Large deal highlights included the group’s representation of Empire District Electric Company in its agreement to be sold to a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities; this all-cash transaction was valued at $2.4bn, including assumed debt. It also assisted Arch Capital Group with its acquisition of United Guaranty Corporation from American International Group. Helene Banks is recommended for her representation of sellers, acquirers, targets, financial institutions and shareholders during M&A transactions, and John Schuster, William Hartnett, Kimberly Petillo-Décossard, Michael Sherman and Susanna Suh are also highly regarded. All named advisers are based in New York.

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