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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Gregory Rodgers

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Greg Rodgers is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Corporate Department and the Capital Markets, Derivatives and General Corporate Representation Practices. Mr. Rodgers is named as one of the leading capital markets lawyers in the United States by Chambers USA 2009–2014, and by Chambers Global 2010–2014.


United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘standout tier-one practice’ at Latham & Watkins LLP really ‘covers the waterfront for capital markets deals’, according to sources. Widely recognized for its ‘spectacular senior partners’ and ‘collaborative style’, the team had a banner year, which saw it rank among the top two firms for US equity offerings by deal value for both issuers and managers. The technology sector, in line with market trends, was a primary source of instructions over the past year, but the diverse group also secured high-profile mandates relating to the life sciences and retail industries. Among its recent headlines, global corporate chair Marc Jaffe, held up as ‘the go-to specialist in the capital markets space’, teamed up with Gregory Rodgers and Benjamin Cohen to advise Spotify Technology on its groundbreaking direct listing on the NYSE. Jaffe also acted alongside global capital markets co-chair Ian Schuman (‘an immense deal-maker’) and the London office to assist Farfetch with its $1bn IPO and private placement. On the manager side, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan advised Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan as underwriters on Carbon Black’s $174.8m IPO. The group also includes Michael Benjamin and Senet Bischoff and up-and-coming partner Nathan Ajiashvili. Named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Among the best worldwide for capital markets’, Latham & Watkins LLP is also credited as ‘one of the top three firms in the technology space’ and as ‘a leader in equity transactions’. Indeed, peers comment that they ‘see this group everywhere’, due in no small part to its sizeable global network, which includes platforms across 14 countries. The group’s premier high-yield debt practice and ‘great balance between issuer and manager representations’ are other notable characteristics. An impressive equity performance during 2018 saw the firm earn top roles on a run of major IPOs. Most notably, Sweden-headquartered Spotify Technology turned to the team for its groundbreaking direct listing on the NYSE; the deal, which valued the company at $26.5bn, was led by widely revered global corporate chair Marc Jaffe (‘an institution’; ‘truly tremendous’) alongside Gregory Rodgers and Benjamin Cohen, all of whom are based in New York. In another technology highlight, Jaffe and New York-based global capital markets co-chair Ian Schuman (‘great in both debt and equity capital markets’), with support from the London office, advised UK-based Farfetch on its $1bn IPO. Jaffe and Schuman paired up again to advise the underwriters on Canada Goose’s $624.2m secondary offering. On the debt front, Washington DC-based partners Jason Licht and Shagufa Hossain assisted Shandong Ruyi Technology Group with its $1bn notes offering. The group also includes ’extremely strong’ global capital markets co-chair Witold Balaban, who is based between New York and London.

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