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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Brian M. Janson

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Capital Markets & Securities, Finance


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J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, with high honors; B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States: Finance

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

A popular choice for private equity issuers, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP fields ‘a proactive and client-oriented’ New York-based team, which ‘intuitively understands how to maneuver deals through tricky tight spots’. Gregory Ezring is ‘an effective adviser’ and with Brian Janson and Tracey Zaccone advised Rackspace Hosting on its $1.2bn offering of senior notes to help finance the $4.4bn leveraged buyout of the company by Apollo Global Management. John Kennedy co-heads the practice alongside Ezring and assisted Virtu Financial with an offering by its subsidiaries of $500m of senior notes. The energy and natural resources industry is also a significant source of work, with the group recently advising on high-yield debt offerings by EP Energy, Foresight Energy and Iamgold. Monica Thurmond, who is deputy chair of the corporate department, and Catherine Goodall are also recommended.

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Brian Janson - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Commercial lending

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has an excellent borrower-side practice that carries out a good mix of sponsor- and corporate-led work. The firm demonstrated its capacity to handle major corporate transactions through its advice to Qualcomm on the financing of its $47bn acquisition of Dutch company NXP Semiconductors, the largest European tech deal to date. Another major corporate deal was advising global fashion luxury brand Michael Kors Holdings on the $2bn financing of its takeover of luxury footwear maker Jimmy Choo. On the private equity side, the firm benefits greatly from its strong relationship with Apollo, and lawyers recently advised one of the fund’s portfolio companies, Novitex Holdings, on the financing for it $2.8bn merger with SourceHOV and Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2. The firm also advised Apollo Global Management on its $2.2bn acquisition of Rackspace Hosting, a Texas-based cloud computing company. The firm boasts several top-notch partners, including group head Gregory Ezring, Eric Goodison, Brian Janson, Brad Finkelstein, Mark Wlazlo, Brian Kim and Thomas de la Bastide.

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