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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

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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