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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Stephen Kessing

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Stephen M. Kessing is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as Practice Lead of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice. His practice involves advising financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters, including syndicated loan transactions, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Kessing’s clients have included AdvanSix, AerCap, Akorn, Alliant Techsystems, AmerisourceBergen, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, British American Tobacco, Cincinnati Bell, Conduent, Cox Communications, CyrusOne, Element Financial, Genpact, Graham Holdings, Honeywell, IBM, J.M. Huber, Johnson & Johnson, Lazard, Martin Marietta, Minerals Technologies, Novartis, Orbotech, Reservoir Media Management, SMBC Aviation Capital, Stanley, Starwood Hotels, Unilever, Universal Orlando, Vista Outdoor and Xerox. Mr. Kessing has also represented J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Citibank, Jefferies, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in syndicated loan, equity, high‑yield bond and leveraged acquisition transactions.


Mr. Kessing joined Cravath in 2005 and became a partner in 2013.

Mr. Kessing was recognized for his work in the banking arena by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2018; The Legal 500 from 2015 through 2017; IFLR1000 from 2014 through 2018; and Super Lawyers from 2014 through 2016. 


Mr. Kessing is the Board Secretary of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.


Mr. Kessing received a B.S. from Miami University in 1995 and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2001. Mr. Kessing received his J.D. magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2005 where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was also awarded the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a first-class commercial lending team where the partners are equally comfortable representing lenders as well as corporate borrowers. The retirement of James Cooper is a major changing of the guard, not just for the firm, but for the industry as a whole. Nevertheless, the team has enough quality in its ranks to make up for it, including corporate managing partner Jed Zobitz, banking head Michael Goldman, Tatiana Lapushchik, Stephen Kessing, Joseph Zavaglia, and Paul Zumbro. On the lender side, the firm advised JPMorgan Chase on the $2bn-plus financing of American Axle & Manufacturing’s acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group. The firm also represented aircraft leasing company AerCap on a $3.745bn four-year revolving credit facility arranged by Citibank.

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