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Securities, Financial Institutions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance




United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP had a robust year on the issuer side, acting for a diverse range of companies spanning the communications, financial services and consumer products industries. Among its key highlights Matthew Kaplan, who co-chairs the New York-based practice, advised Discovery Communications on its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, which involved a $6.7bn notes offering to finance the transaction. Kaplan also acted for Westpac on four public debt offerings worth $9.2bn. Key partner Peter Loughran also had a busy year, most notably assisting International Paper Company with its issuance of $1bn in senior unsecured notes. Co-head Steven Slutzky advised the representatives of the initial purchasers on Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America’s $2bn notes offering.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Top decile firmDebevoise & Plimpton LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘professional and responsive team’ and ability to ‘provide expert advice with urgency’. The New York group’s strong issuer practice, which is notable for its private equity bent, is supported by robust underwriter expertise - it is also noted for its ‘great bench strength to assist on cross-practice matters’. Group co-head Steven Slutzky is highlighted for his ability to ‘address questions on the spot with the nuances that help decision-making’; he recently advised KKR and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, as the controlling shareholders, on a series of secondary offerings by US Foods Holding totaling $2.3bn. Peter Loughran had a strong year and advised on several high-profile deals, including assisting SiteOne Landscape Supply with a series of secondary offerings worth $1.2bn - he also acted for the underwriters on the $169m IPO of GMS. Matthew Kaplan is ‘a top-notch specialist’ and co-chairs the group.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s global practice, which is led out of New York by group co-heads Matthew Kaplan and Steven Slutzky, is particularly active in Latin America, Europe and Australia. Recent highlights include Paul Rodel assisting Globo Comunicação e Participações with its $200m offering of senior secured exchangeable notes. Australia-based Westpac remains an active client and Matthew Kaplan recently advised it on a $1.2bn offering of convertible securities through its New Zealand branch. Kaplan also advised Deutsche Bank, as lead underwriter, on Liberty Mutual Finance Europe’s $500m senior notes offering.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s issuer-focused practice is recognized for its strength in private equity, financial services and TMT-related matters. Matthew Kaplan co-heads the New York-based group and a strong year saw him advise The Hertz Corporation on a $1.2bn private notes offering, and handle a $350m notes offering for Booz Allen Hamilton. In a notable private equity mandate, Paul Rodel advised Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, on its $700m notes offering. Peter Loughran, group co-lead Steven Slutzky and newly promoted partner Morgan Hayes are also recommended.

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