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John Berkery

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John Berkery is a partner in Mayer Brown's Corporate & Securities practice. He represents underwriters, issuers and selling stockholders in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including registered public offerings (IPOs, follow-on offerings, continuous offering programs), private placements (including Rule 144A/Reg S offerings), leveraged buyouts, restructurings and liability management transactions (exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations). He is experienced in a broad spectrum of securities products, ranging from high yield to investment grade debt securities and from simple common equity to complicated convertible debt and other hybrid and equity-linked securities. His practice also includes assisting clients with their on-going reporting obligations, corporate governance requirements and other compliance issues arising under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the NYSE and NASDAQ, as well as general corporate law matters.


Le Moyne College, BA, 1989; Emory University, JD, 1993.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

The team at Mayer Brown provides ‘excellent service’ and demonstrates ‘great communication skills’. Particular praise is reserved for New York’s David Bakst, who ‘combines strong knowledge of the market with practical, clear advice’; he is highlighted for his specialist expertise in foreign private issuances and emerging growth company IPOs. Among Bakst’s highlights, he assisted GW Pharmaceuticals with its $289m offering of American depositary shares. Also in New York, John Berkery advised the underwriters - Morgan Stanley, UBS, Keefe Bruyette & Woods, RBC and JMP Securities - on a $200m offering of depositary shares by National General Holdings. Chicago-based practice head Edward Best and Palo Alto-based Jennifer Carlson acted for JP Morgan Securities in Beneficial Interest’s $125.4m issuance of common shares. Since publication, Anna Pinedo and James Tanenbaumhave joined in New York from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

The ‘experienced and responsive’ team at Mayer Brown provides a ‘committed and client-oriented service’ and is able to ‘get quickly up to speed from a business perspective’. From Chicago, Edward Best heads a broad practice that is particularly well known for advising issuers, although it also acts for underwriters, across a comprehensive spread of industries. Among recent work highlights, New York-based John Berkery and Chicago-based David Schuette assisted Yum! Brands with its $2.1bn senior notes offering. On the manager side, Best and Berkery advised Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, as underwriters, on MGIC Investment’s issuance of $425m of senior notes. Recent cross-border work saw the firm act for Progroup in its €95m offering of senior secured fixed rate notes. Other names to note are Harry Beaudry and William Heller in Houston, and Jennifer Carlson in Palo Alto.

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