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Mayer Brown

71 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60606, USA
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Edward Best

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Mayer Brown

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Corporate & Securities

Position

Edward Best joined Mayer Brown in 1986 and steadily built a successful capital markets and corporate law practice. Today, he is co-leader of the firm's Capital Markets and Financial Institutions groups and serves on Mayer Brown's Partnership Board. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading capital markets attorneys. Eddie's experience includes: Capital Markets. Representing issuers and underwriters in connection with public and Rule 144A offerings of debt, equity, convertible and hybrid securities in the US and Europe; continuously offered debt and equity programs; liability management transactions, including equity and debt self-tenders, exchange offers, and consent solicitations; particular emphasis on offerings by financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, brokers and specialty finance companies, and cross-border offerings. Mergers and Acquisitions. Counseling buyers, sellers, and financial intermediaries in connection with public and private acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, mergers, tender offers, and proxy contests. General Corporate Practice. Advising companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, cum laude 1986 Research Editor, Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, AB 1983


United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Mayer Brown’s comprehensive national group regularly advises corporate issuers and most major underwriters on debt capital markets transactions. Edward Best heads the group from Chicago and acted for the underwriters on several high-profile offerings over the past year, including advising Morgan Stanley on Kellogg’s €600m notes issuance. On the issuer side, Chicago-based Michael Hermsen assisted Prologis with its £500m notes offering, while Palo Alto-based Jennifer Carlson advised Plastipak Holdings on a $500m notes offering. The group has also recently undertaken work for AGT Food and Ingredients, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Halcón Resources. Chicago-based David Schuette is also recommended. The firm hired a senior capital markets team from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2018, which included new global practice co-head Anna Pinedo and Jerry Marlatt, as well as tax specialists Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman - all join the New York office, except Reigersman who joins in Palo Alto.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Mayer Brown’s national practice is led out of Chicago by Edward Best and also draws upon key names in New York, Houston and Palo Alto. The team is well versed in the full spread of equity deals and routinely acts for issuers, investment banks, financial sponsors, placement agents and selling shareholders in major deals. In a significant highlight, New York’s George Baptista advised Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná on its $496m IPO. New York’s David Bakst is a high-profile figure in the team and assisted Adaptimmune Therapeutics with its $61.9m offering of American depositary Shares. New York-based John Berkery and Houston-based William Heller are also recommended. In a significant development, the firm recently hired a new capital markets team from Morrison & Foerster LLP, which included new global group co-head Anna Pinedo and Jerry Marlatt, as well as tax specialists Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman - all join the New York office, except Reigersman who joins in Palo Alto. In November 2018, Phyllis Korff joined in New York from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Mayer Brown’s diverse practice, which attracts a high volume of both equity and debt work, routinely advises issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings - it also acts for financial sponsors and selling shareholders on equity transactions. Edward Best heads the group from Chicago and has a robust record in debt and equity matters; he recently advised Fédération des caisses Desjardins Du Québec on its $300m issuance of floating-rate senior notes. In another Canada-related highlight, a cross-office team comprised of London, New York and Chicago lawyers advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its $1bn notes offering. The firm’s longstanding relationship with Brazil firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown also ensures it is regularly involved in Latin American deals. In a recent example, New York’s David Bakst worked alongside a Sao Paulo team to act as US counsel to the underwriters on BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes’ R$2.2bn IPO. The firm hired a new capital markets team from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2018, which included new global group co-head Anna Pinedo and Jerry Marlatt as well as tax specialists Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman - all join the New York office, except Reigersman who is based in Palo Alto.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Mayer Brown’s high-yield debt practice, which is led out of Chicago by Edward Best, has a strong emphasis on issuer representations but also has significant underwriter-side experience. Houston’s William Heller is a key contact for energy-related securities matters and recently assisted Halcón Resources with its $850m notes offering. Palo Alto-based Jennifer Carlson advised Plastipak Holdings on its $500m notes issuance. Among its manager side work, the firm acted for an underwriter on Cydsa’s $330m offering of senior notes. John Berkery and Houston’s Harry Beaudry are also noted. In 2018, the firm hired a new capital markets team from Morrison & Foerster LLP, which included new global department co-head Anna Pinedo, and Jerry Marlatt as well as tax specialists Thomas Humphreys and¬ Palo Alto-based Remmelt Reigersman. Individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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