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Shearman & Sterling LLP




United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

At Shearman & Sterling LLP, high-profile name Lona Nallengara arrived into the New York office from Bridgewater Associates - prior to which he was chief of staff at the SEC. Jonathan DeSantis heads a largely New York-based team that enjoys particularly strong links with underwriters but also acts for corporate issuers. Among its manager highlights, Jason Lehner advised the underwriters on Cenovus Energy’s $2.9bn senior notes offering, while ‘future star’ Merritt Johnson assisted the book-running managers with S&P Global’s $500m notes offering. In a company-side headline, Lisa Jacobs acted for American Axle & Manufacturing on a $1.2bn notes offering. Robert Evans left for the SEC, while Alan Seem joined the Palo Alto office of Jones Day.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s national practice, which is spread between New York, Washington DC, Palo Alto and San Francisco, acted on an impressive stream of IPOs over the past year - for both issuers and underwriters. In a major headline on the company side, Richard Alsop assisted Altice USA with its $2.1bn IPO. Alsop also advised Ardagh Group on its $354m IPO. The group’s work for underwriters has been equally impressive, such as Ilir Mujalovic and Harald Halbhuber advising Credit Suisse as sole book-running manager on Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings’ $600m IPO. Mujalovic also acted for the underwriters on Venator Materials’ $522.1m IPO. Other key names are Jonathan DeSantis, who heads the capital markets practice for the Americas, highly regarded younger partner Merritt Johnson, global managing partner David Beveridge and new arrival Lona Nallengara, who joined from the SEC. All named partners are based in New York. Robert Evans departed in 2017 for the SEC, while Palo Alto’s Alan Seem left for Jones Day.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s diverse group acts on a steady stream of high-yield deals - for both managers and issuers - with a broad sector focus that has recently spanned deals in the technology, infrastructure and food and beverage sectors. The department’s most prominent roles during 2017 were arguably on the manager side, with Ilir Mujalovic advising the underwriters on a $800m notes offering by Zayo Group and Zayo Capital and Jason Lehner, who splits his time between New York and Toronto, advising the underwriters on a $750m senior notes offering by Cott Holdings. Issuer highlights include Mujalovic and Merritt Johnson handling Valvoline’s $400m high-yield senior notes offering. Jonathan DeSantis, who leads the capital markets practice in the Americas, oversees a team that also includes Kyungwon Lee and Lona Nallengara, who recently joined from the SEC. Named individuals are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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