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Cathy A. Birkeland

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Cathy Birkeland is the Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins' Chicago office, a global Chair of the firm's Capital Markets Practice, and a member of the Corporate Department and the firm's Diversity Leadership Committee. She served as the Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Chicago office from October 2009 to February 2015. Ms. Birkeland’s practice primarily focuses on:

  • Capital markets
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance matters
  • Public company representation
  • Board advisory

Position

Corporate Partner, Deputy Office Managing Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/cathy-birkeland


United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

The well-balanced debt practice at Latham & Watkins LLP secures a steady stream of issuer and manager-side mandates, which it handles from its well-staffed offices in New York, Chicago and Washington DC. The already sizeable department grew further in 2017 with the hire of New York-based partner Wenchi Hu, who was formerly at the SEC, as well as the partner promotions of Washington DC-based Brandon Bortner and New York-based Benjamin Stern. Chicago’s Manasi Bhattacharyya was also elevated to counsel. New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is widely recognized as ‘a star in the area’ and advised JP Morgan Securities on Moody’s two-tranche notes offering totaling $1bn. Also in New York, ‘great lawyerMichael Benjamin and Stelios Saffos assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Staples’ $1bn notes offering. Among its issuer highlights, Washington DC-based partners Rachel Sheridan and Jason Licht acted for Allison Transmission on a $1bn senior notes offering. The firm has also recently advised Carlyle, CommScope and MEG Energy on their debt offerings. Other key names are Cathy Birkeland in Chicago and ‘consummate professionalIan Schuman in New York.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is widely lauded as ‘a benchmark for capital markets’ and its ability to garner a constant supply of top-flight deals - from both issuers and managers - confirms its position as a market leader. According to sources, New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. Jaffe led many of the group’s most high-profile recent deals, including assisting Goldman Sachs with Canada Goose’s C$340m dual-listed IPO on the NYSE and the Toronto Stock Exchange and its $259m follow-on offering - New York-based Ian Schuman and Boston’s John Chory co-led the IPO advice. In another bank-side headline, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as underwriter on Emerald Expositions Events’ $303m IPO. Among its work for issuers, Jaffe and Schuman advised Camping World on its $249m IPO and $303m common stock offering. The group also includes global capital markets co-chairs Witold Balaban in New York and Chicago-based Cathy Birkeland. Wenchi Hu joined the New York office in 2017 from the SEC.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Responsive, commercial and practicalLatham & Watkins LLP stands out for its ‘deep global bench’ and ‘broad industry experience’. The practice is represented throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East - and it is also regularly involved in deals where it is not on the ground, such as India. New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is widely revered as ‘a leading light’ and advised Goldman Sachs on Canada Goose’s C$340m dual-listed IPO and its $259m follow-on offering - New York-based Ian Schuman and Boston’s John Chory co-led on the IPO. Other high-profile underwriter mandates include advising Credit Suisse on the $450m US IPO of China-based Best as well as assisting Credit Suisse with the $96m IPO of Switzerland-based ObsEva. Equity highlights for issuers included assisting FFI Holdings with its £235.5m IPO. On the debt side, the team advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its inaugural $17.5bn bond offering. Witold Balaban, who splits his time between New York and London, and Chicago’s Cathy Birkeland are also high-profile partners.

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