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Stefanie Birkmann

Ropes & Gray LLP

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Finance partner Stefanie Birkmann represents private equity firms, corporate borrowers, and other borrowers in complex financings. She is highly experienced in a wide variety of syndicated financings—with an emphasis on leveraged acquisition finance and recapitalizations—and advises her clients on senior and subordinated credit facilities, cash-flow and asset-based loans, first and second lien financings, mezzanine financings, bridge loans, high yield debt offerings and debt restructurings, including DIP and exit financings. Before joining Ropes & Gray, Stefanie was senior counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. https://www.ropesgray.com/biographies/b/stefanie-birkmann.aspx?AK=birkmann#sthash.7JcYFQmv.dpuf


United States: Finance

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Ropes & Gray LLP pairs its enviable private equity client base with ‘a truly remarkable team of lawyers’ to create a compelling issuer-side offering. The group is regularly engaged to act on complex and multi-faceted transactions, such as New York-based Jay Kim and Boston-based Kevin Jarboe’s advice to Blackstone and new healthcare IT joint venture Change Healthcare in obtaining $6.6bn in financing, including high-yield bonds. In another high-value deal, Boston’s Michael Lee - who is ‘a highly committed counsel’ - advised IQVIA on two senior notes issuances worth $1bn and €625m respectively. Boston-based Byung Choi, who co-leads the firm’s global finance group, is a key figure in the team and alongside New York’s Stefanie Birkmann assisted Surgery Partners, and its majority shareholder Bain Capital, with its issuance of $370m in high-yield bonds and amendments to its $400m of existing high-yield bonds, to help finance its acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a world-class’ banking practice that is particularly well known for its sponsor-led advice where it acts on a broad range of mid and large cap transactions. The ‘outstanding’ team is ‘easy to work with and ensures, in each engagement, to focus on the client needs’. Recently the firm advised the Blackstone Group and Change Healthcare Holdings on the $6.6bn financing required to help facilitate its joint venture with McKesson Technology Solutions into a leading global health care services and IT company. The firm also represented Surgery Partners and its majority shareholder, Bain Capital, on the $1.3bn financing for its acquisition of National Surgical healthcare. Beyond the private equity sphere, the firm represented corporate client IQVIA on a $1.5bn bond issue used in connection with its three-way merger with Quintiles Transnational Holdings and IMS Health Holdings. Highly regarded global co-head Byung Choi leads the team out of Boston, ably supported by Stefanie Birkmann, Jay Kim, Sunil Savkar, and Alexander Zeltser (‘outstanding and brings a balanced aggressive approach to agreement development and administration’) in New York. The firm also has an increasingly active direct lending practice jointly led by Alyson Gal in Boston and Joanne De Silva in New York. Clients on this side include KKR Credit Advisors, Hancock Capital Management, and Benefit Street Partners.

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