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Daniel Bursky

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Corporate, capital markets, finance, private acquisitions and private equity


Corporate partner and co-head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. Concentrates his practice in corporate finance and US securities law, representing both issuers and underwriters in a variety of financing transactions, including equity offerings, convertible securities, high-yield debt and bank financings. Often represents investment banks and private equity firms with respect to acquisition financings, including bank, mezzanine and high-yield debt. Active in restructurings and special situations.


Mr. Bursky joined Fried Frank in 1993 and became a partner in 2001. He is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching a course in private equity.


Mr. Bursky is a member of the International Bar Association and a board member of the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a social service agency in the settlement house tradition.


Mr. Bursky received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1993, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his BA from Yale University in 1990.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Responsive, client-focused and highly professional’, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘high-caliber practice’ stands out for its ‘deep dedication to achieving client aims’. Department co-head and ‘very strong lawyerDaniel Bursky paired up with Mark Hayek to advise Under Armour on its $600m offering of senior notes. Bursky also acted with Andrew Barkan to assist the underwriters with multiple offerings of investment grade notes by Procter & Gamble including two offerings worth $1.7bn and $1.2bn respectively. Stuart Gelfond jointly heads the New York-based group and led the firm’s advice to Novelis, as co-counsel alongside Torys and King & Spalding LLP, in two offerings of senior notes totaling $2.6bn. Other clients include Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Extended Stay and Perrigo.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

In a significant coup, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s growing equity practice won a lead role on the third-largest IPO in the US during 2016; a team led by capital markets co-head Daniel Bursky and up-and-coming partner Mark Hayek advised the underwriters on Athene Holding’s $1.2bn IPO. Among its company-side highlights, Andrew Barkan advised the issuer on At Home’s $130m IPO and GMS’ $147m IPO. Stuart Gelfond jointly leads the New York-based department and brings to bear a strong record in private equity matters; he advised Extended Stay America and ESH Hospitality, as issuers, and Centerbridge Partners, Paulson & Co and Blackstone, as selling stockholders, on a series of share deals, including a $258.7m secondary offering of paired shares.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s six-partner team is led by Daniel Bursky and Stuart Gelfond in New York. The firm serves as designated underwriter’s counsel for an impressive range of companies, including Procter & Gamble, Invesco, and Athene Holdings, which it is advising on its proposed upcoming IPO. Joshua Wechsler has a strong track record acting for Latin American clients, and part of a team assisting Grupo Televisa, one of Mexico’s largest corporate issuers, with its $1.2bn offering of senior investment grade notes. Another major highlight for the firm was advising Merck & Co on a €1bn bond offering. Other key partners include Andrew Barkan, Mark Hayek and Joshua Coleman.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s work highlights display an impressive balance of issuer and manager-side mandates, and it routinely acts across a broad range of industries for corporate issuers, private equity sponsors and all the major underwriters. Lawyers at the firm have ‘strong market knowledge’ and ‘high-level business understanding’; for example, capital markets co-head Stuart Gelfond is an ‘expert in high-yield debt matters’ and acted for Novelis, as co-counsel alongside Torys and King & Spalding LLP, in two senior notes offerings totaling $2.6bn. Gelfond also advised ESH Hospitality on its $800m add-on offering of high-yield notes. Daniel Bursky jointly leads the New York-based group and teamed up with Andrew Barkan and Joshua Coleman to act for Aleris International in its $550m offering of senior secured notes.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a balanced practice covering work for sponsors and lenders, with particular strength in mid-market acquisition finance. F William Reindel leads the team and has an excellent reputation for advising borrowers, in addition to being particularly well known for his advice to alternative lenders as well as clients such as Goldman Sachs. Key figures on the lender side include Brian Murphy, Daniel Bursky and Julian Chung. In a recent lender highlight the firm advised Credit Suisse on a $1.7bn loan to finance Onex Partners and Baring Private Equity Asia’s acquisition of Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science. J Christian Nahr is particularly active on the sponsor side, recently advising AEA Investors on the financing of its $1.2bn acquisition of 1-800 Contacts. The firm also acted for Lumenis, a portfolio company of Chinese private equity fund XIO Group, on its $225m refinancing.

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