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Gerald Nowak

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Gerald Nowak is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. He joined Kirkland in 1993 and became a partner in 1999. Gerald has a broad transactional practice focused on representing public companies and private equity funds. In 2014, he was selected to The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers. He has been identified as a “SuperLawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine’s annual review and has been identified as a top high yield debt practitioner in The Legal 500’s annual review of Corporate & Finance attorneys.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1993, Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law, Published two notes in separate U of M legal journals; Auburn University, M.B.A., 1990; Michigan State University, B.A., Economic Policy Analysis, 1986.

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: 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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