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John C. Kennedy

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Capital Markets & Securities, Corporate Governance, Private Equity Transactions


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J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988 cum laude; A.B., Cornell University, 1985 cum laude

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP impresses with its ‘extremely competent and proficient lawyers’. In particular, capital markets co-head John Kennedy is a ‘very strong practitioner’, and fellow co-head Gregory Ezring and deputy corporate chair Monica Thurmond are ‘strategic and quick-thinking’. Ezring and Tracey Zaccone recently advised Prime Security Services Borrower and Prime Finance on their offering of $3.1bn of notes. In another key issuer mandate, Tong Yu acted for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in three notes offerings worth a combined $11bn. On the underwriter side, Christopher Cummings handled several offerings by TransCanada Pipelines including advising HSBC and JP Morgan on a $1bn senior notes offering.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘practical and inventive’ New York-based group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP attracts praise for its ‘extremely competent and proficient lawyers’, who have ‘impressive market knowledge’. Capital markets co-head John Kennedy is a widely respected name, who advised Virtu Financial on its $143m offering. In another work highlight, Adam Givertz, who splits his time between New York and Toronto, acted for Canada’s Suncor Energy in its C$2.5bn offering. Among the firm’s work for underwriters, Tracey Zaccone advised Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and a major Canadian investment bank as lead underwriters on AquaVenture Holdings’ $134.6m IPO. Monica Thurmond, Lawrence Wee and ‘remarkably good’ department co-lead Gregory Ezring are also recommended.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘creative and highly technical team’ is ‘top of mind for private equity issuers’, and it is also a firm of choice for companies in the telecoms, leisure, fashion and energy industries. Among private equity-related matters, Tracey Zaccone and the ‘remarkably goodGregory Ezring advised Prime Security Services Borrower and Prime Finance, portfolio companies of Apollo Global Management, on their $3.1bn offering of notes to fund the acquisition of ADT. Other work highlights saw Raphael Russo and John Kennedy assist Intelsat Jackson Holdings with its $1.2bn notes offering, and the ‘impressiveMonica Thurmond act for Quality Care Properties in its $750m offering of senior notes. Clients of the New York-based group also include AMN Healthcare, CEC Entertainment and McGraw-Hill Global Education.

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