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Eric Blanchard

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Eric Blanchard is a partner resident in the firm’s New York office and the Vice Chair of the Securities and Capital Markets Group. Mr. Blanchard’s practice focuses on domestic and international capital markets transactions, as well as governance, securities law reporting and compliance. Mr. Blanchard has worked on securities offerings involving issuers from a variety of industries, from life sciences and technology to retail and consumer goods. In addition, Mr. Blanchard has represented both issuers and shareholders in proxy contests and shareholder activism matters.


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1999 (magna cum laude; Catholic University Law Review, Associate Editor); University of Maryland, B.A., 1996

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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