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Gregory Rodgers

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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: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP reinforced its capital markets team in 2016 with the hires of Washington DC-based counsel Paul Dudek, who was formerly chief of the SEC’s office of international corporate finance, and Michael Benjamin, who joins the New York office from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Regularly acting for both issuers and underwriters in a mix of investment grade and high-yield offerings, the group also draws on the firm’s global footprint to excel in cross-border matters. In a recent example, New York-based Gregory Rodgers and Orange County-based Charles Ruck led a US team that worked alongside the firm’s London office to advise Amgen on its CHF700m offering of bonds listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange - the firm also acted for Amgen during its $4.9bn debt exchange offer. In an underwriter-side highlight, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan and counsel Brandon Bortner assisted JP Morgan with Exxon Mobil’s issuance of six tranches of fixed rate notes and two tranches of floating rate notes totaling $12bn. In New York, Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman are also recommended, while Patrick Shannon is a key name in Washington DC. Kirk Davenport retired in 2016.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP’s well-balanced practice acts on an enviable volume of both issuer and underwriter-side matters, ably demonstrating its ‘broad expertise and deep experience in high-yield debt’. The firm’s ability in pathfinder transactions is also a significant attraction, and clients say ‘it is first in line for innovative deals that need creative lawyers’. New York-based Marc Jaffe is ‘second-to-none in the high-yield space’; he and Senet Bischoff advised Toys R Us on its landmark bond exchange and refinancing of long-term debt, as well as on a private placement of additional new secured notes. New York-based department co-head Ian Schuman worked on several deals for high-profile underwriter clients. In another standout deal, Houston-based high-yield debt specialist Michael Chambers advised Goldman Sachs on American Energy - Permian Basin’s $530m offering of senior secured first lien notes. New York’s Gregory Rodgers and Washington DC-based partners Jason Licht and Patrick Shannon are also recommended. Kirk Davenport retired in 2016 but the firm hired Michael Benjamin from Shearman & Sterling LLP, who has a strong background in high-yield debt.

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