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Benjamin Stern

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Benjamin D. Stern is a partner in the Corporate Department in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Stern’s practice focuses on corporate finance, securities regulation and general corporate matters. He has experience in a broad range of finance and other corporate transactions, including secured and unsecured high-yield offerings, equity offerings, exchange offers, tender offers and leveraged buy-outs. Mr. Stern has represented underwriters, initial purchasers and issuers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, gaming, technology, energy and media.


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: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP’s well-balanced practice has a number of strings to its bow, with its broad sector focus and strong experience in advising both issuers and underwriters standing out as particular strengths. Among its issuer-side work, global corporate head Marc Jaffe - ‘pre-eminent in the capital markets space’ - and Senet Bischoff, who are both in New York, advised Scientific Games Corporation on its $1.1bn tack-on offering of senior secured notes. In Washington DC, Patrick Shannon assisted BlueLine Rental with its $1.1bn offering of second lien notes. The firm also houses a heavyweight underwriter-side practice, which recently advised HSBC on two senior notes offerings by Nova Chemical totaling $2.1bn - New York-based global capital markets co-chair Ian Schuman led that work. Jaffe and Senet also advised JP Morgan Securities on WellCare Health Plans’ $1.2bn notes offering. Washington DC-based Jason Licht is also a key contact. The firm grew its capital markets practice in 2017 with the hire of Wenchi Hu from the SEC. A series of promotions also saw Brandon Bortner and Benjamin Stern join the partnership in Washington DC and New York respectively, while Manasi Bhattacharyya in Chicago was made counsel.

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