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Donald Murray

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Donald Murray chairs the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group. Resident in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Murray represents clients in public and private capital markets transactions involving issuers in the life sciences, financial services, renewables/cleantech and other industries. He also advises on general corporate matters ranging from disclosure and securities laws compliance to corporate governance to crisis management. His clients include global investment banks acting as underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers as well as private and public companies with a wide range of corporate needs and objectives.


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD, 1984; University of Notre Dame, BS, 1980.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Standing out for its ‘high-level professionalism’, Covington & Burling LLP’s service standards and value for money are highlighted as ‘equal to the top-tier firms’. New York-based Donald Murray chairs the group and advised Goodyear on three significant debt transactions including a $1bn senior notes offering. New York-based vice-chair Eric Blanchard is ‘very proactive with deep knowledge of securities law’; he advised Johnson & Johnson on two offerings of investment grade debt securities worth $7.5bn and €4bn respectively. In Washington DC, Michael Riella assisted HealthSouth with a $350m senior notes offering and a private placement of $350m of senior notes. Also in Washington DC, Kerry Burke is another key name in this ‘small group with big experience, knowledge and confidence’.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Covington & Burling LLP’s equity practice specializes in underwriter-side mandates. The firm continues to secure a significant amount of work in the life sciences sector but also routinely handles deals in other regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services. From New York, Donald Murray heads the group and acted for Jefferies and Baird in Exact Sciences’ $145m follow-on offering. Department vice-chair Eric Blanchard is also recommended in New York and advised Jefferies and Barclays on a $42m follow-on offering by Alcobra. Among the team’s work for issuers, Washington DC-based Kerry Burke acted for Omeros during its $40m offering of common stock. Washington DC-based vice-chair Keir Gumbs is also a key name.

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