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John Chory

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John Chory is a corporate partner in the Boston and Waltham offices of Latham & Watkins and a global Co-chair of the Emerging Companies Practice. His practice focuses on the representation of technology and life sciences companies from startup through IPO.

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Corporate Partner

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United States: Finance

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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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Leading lawyers

John Chory - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

As well as being a top international law firm with a significant market share of big-ticket transactions and large-cap clients, Latham & Watkins LLP also maintains a strong focus on the start-up, emerging company and venture capital sector. The team was reinforced by the arrivals of Jack Sheridan and Page Mailliard to its Silicon Valley office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Chris Shoff to its Century City office from Cooley LLP. The firm is hailed variously as ‘the best’, ‘phenomenal’ and ‘flawless’, and its strong focus on start-ups and growth companies, as well as its breadth of resources across the US and globally, enables it to handle all the requirements of an emerging company throughout its life cycle. Clients include Ginkgo BioWorks, GoEuro, Hearsay Social, Memphis Meats, Formation 8, Eclipse Ventures, Home Chef, Zavante Therapeutics, Catalant Technologies, Tetrascience and Bessemer Venture Partners. It advised 3-D printing company Desktop Metal on its Series C and Series D financings in 2017. Other key partners include Alan Mendelson, who is global chair of the life sciences industry group, and Patrick Pohlen, who impresses in life sciences and tech. Boston’s John Chory is also a key name in life sciences and tech.

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