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Robert Hayward

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Robert M. Hayward is a partner in the corporate transactional group, and was honored as the “2015 Lawyer of the Year (Chicago Capital Markets/Securities Law)” by the Best Lawyers in America. His practice primarily involves counseling publicly-traded corporations and leveraged buyout and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in all aspects of transactional, securities law, corporate governance, executive compensation, stockholder activism and general corporate matters. Mr. Hayward has extensive experience representing issuers in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities (especially IPOs), buyers and sellers in public and private M&A and leverage buyout transactions and issuers and investors in PIPE, venture capital and other private financing transactions. Mr. Hayward has been named numerous times to the NACD’s Directorship 100 for his influence in the boardroom.


Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1997, cum laude; B.S., 1994).

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

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

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

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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