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Joshua Korff has a broad corporate practice focused on private equity and leveraged acquisition transactions and public and private financings. He has extensive experience in connection with high yield, bridge and syndicated loan financings, as well as initial public offerings. He was named one of The American Lawyer's Dealmakers of the Year for representing Clearwire Corporation in a $14.5 billion merger. Other representative clients include Apax Partners, Avis, Blackstone, Burger King and Goldman Sachs.


Dartmouth College (A.B., 1990); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1993).

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

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The client consensus is that Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s service levels are ‘nothing short of outstanding’. The group’s ‘strong bench’ also impresses with senior partners highlighted for their ‘extraordinary subject matter knowledge’ and junior attorneys commended as ‘practical and very competent’. The issuer-focused practice leverages the firm’s stellar private equity client base to shine in advising private equity funds on capital markets deals but its recent expertise also spans the technology, communications, energy and food and beverage sectors. In New York, Christian Naglerconsistently provides timely and accurate advice’ and advised Charter Communications on a $1.5bn notes offering. Also in New York, Richard Aftanas advised Exelon on its $1.1bn offering of junior subordinated notes. In Chicago, Robert Hayward acted for Boeing on three senior notes offerings totaling $900m. Joshua Korff and Dennis Myers are also recommended in Chicago and New York respectively.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

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Joshua Korff - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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The ‘consistently greatKirkland & Ellis LLP sets itself apart through its ‘practical and extremely responsive advice’ and ‘solid bench strength from junior to partner level’. In New York, the ‘very strongJoshua Korff led several recent highlights, such as advising WideOpenWest on its $356m IPO. Among the Chicago group’s key deals, Robert Hayward assisted Carvana with its $225m IPO. The firm’s manager-side work is often overshadowed by its high-profile deals for issuers, particularly private equity funds, but underwriter matters account for an increasing share of the practice, such as Houston’s Matthew Pacey assisting the underwriters with C&J Energy Services’ $261.6m share offering. Other senior names are ‘top-notch’ New York partners Christian Nagler and Richard Aftanas and Chicago’s Dennis Myers.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

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Joshua Korff - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s issuer-focused practice leverages its strong private equity credentials to excel in advising sponsors on high-yield debt offerings, such as Joshua Korff’s advice to Blackstone as sponsor on Marble II Pte’s $500m notes offering. In addition, Chicago’s Dennis Myers advised Diamond (BC) and Bain Capital on a €450m notes offering. However, the group’s expertise goes far beyond private equity, with recent strong showings in the energy and technology sectors for clients including GenOn Energy, NRG Energy and Solera Holdings. The food and beverage industry also provided fertile ground for deals throughout 2017, with Korff and Michael Kim advising Burger King Worldwide on its $1.5bn notes issuance and Christian Nagler handling a $750m notes offering for Cott Corporation. The group also draws on the senior experience of Richard Aftanas and Chicago’s Gerald Nowak. Named lawyers are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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