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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Richard Aftanas

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Richard B. Aftanas represents issuers, private equity firms and underwriters in a wide variety of public and private finance transactions. He has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other public and private equity securities offerings, as well as high-yield and investment grade debt offerings. He also advises U.S. and international clients with respect to corporate and securities law matters, as well as spin-offs, debt tender offers, exchange offers and other refinancing transactions.

Education

LL.B. McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1994 (Member, McGill Law Journal); B.A., University of Manitoba, 1991.


United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s issuer-focused practice is largely split between the firm’s New York and Chicago offices, and is particularly well regarded for food and beverage, energy and technology sector work. In New York, ‘great lawyerJoshua Korff and Michael Kim advised Kraft Heinz Foods on a series of senior notes offerings totaling $7bn. Christian Nagler is also a key name in New York and acted for Molson Coors Brewing in multiple offerings, which included a series of senior notes offerings worth a combined $5.3bn. In Chicago, Robert Hayward and Keith Crow assisted Kellogg with several transactions including offerings of senior notes and senior debentures totaling $1.4bn. Other key contacts are Dennis Myers and Gerald Nowak in Chicago, and Richard Aftanas in New York.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP specializes in company-side matters but continues to raise its profile among underwriters. The firm’s top-tier private equity group ensures a steady flow of instructions from funds looking to exit their investments and recent examples include advising 3G Capital as selling stockholder in Restaurant Brand International’s $601.7m secondary offering - ‘market leaderJoshua Korff and Michael Kim led that work from New York. Also in New York, Christian Nagler acted for Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Cantor Fitzgerald as the underwriters in Conyers Park’s $402m public offering. In Chicago, Robert Hayward advised US Silica on its $174m public offering. Other recommended names include Chicago-based Dennis Myers and Richard Aftanas in New York.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Extremely creative, knowledgeable and experienced’, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a dominant issuer-side practice, which is highly sought after by private equity clients, such as Apax Partners and Bain Capital, as well as public companies. Split largely between the firm’s New York and Chicago offices, the department continues to secure key roles on many of the most high-profile deals to come to market and can turn its hand to almost any industry sector. In New York, Christian Nagler recently acted for Charter Communications in two offerings of senior notes totaling $4.2bn, and ‘leader in his fieldJoshua Korff advised Acelity on $2.1bn of notes offerings made by its subsidiaries, Kinetic Concepts and KCI USA. In Chicago, Gerald Nowak assisted NRG Energy with three senior notes offerings worth a combined $2.6bn. Other recommended partners include Chicago-based Dennis Myers and New York-based Richard Aftanas.

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