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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Prompt, professional and very knowledgeable’, Sidley Austin LLP is favored for its ‘strong technical knowledge and commitment to exemplary service’. The capital markets team is well known for its advice to banks, but its dedication to building up its issuer practice continues to translate into a steady stream of company-side mandates. Most notably, the ‘excellentJames O’Connor acted with Jason Friedhoff to advise Caterpillar Financial Services on a private debt exchange offer and ten debt offerings of MTN, worth a combined $3.5bn. In addition, Robert Ryan assisted Synchrony Financial with three offerings of senior notes totaling $1.2bn. The firm also remains a pre-eminent choice for underwriters’ counsel and San Francisco-based Eric Haueter advised various underwriters on three significant transactions for Disney including a new $8bn MTN program. Elsewhere, Edward Petrosky paired up with O’Connor to assist the underwriters with four MTN offerings by American Honda Finance. Craig Chapman, William Massey and Chicago-based Kevin Blatchford are also recommended. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Sidley Austin LLP’s concerted effort to increase its share of issuer work continues to pay dividends, with company-side mandates now accounting for well over a third of all capital markets transactions. In a highlight example of the firm’s growing profile in this area, Samir Gandhi advised Athene Holding on its headline $1.2bn IPO. In addition, San Francisco-based Eric Haueter assisted eBay with a $1.2bn offering made by its subsidiary MercadoLibre. However, underwriter mandates remain the mainstay of the practice, and it acted on a string of significant transactions during 2016. Most notably, Bartholomew Sheehan advised the underwriters and the forward purchasers on a $765.9m offering by Duke Energy. Edward Petrosky and Craig Chapman are also key names in the group. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

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Edward Petrosky - Sidley Austin LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

During 2016, Sidley Austin LLP’s REIT practice added several new clients, including Colony Starwood Homes and Care Capital Partners. The former client came on board following Jason Friedhoff’s advice to the legacy Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust regarding its merger with Colony American Homes. The latter sought assistance from practice leads J Gerard Cummins and Christian Brause concerning an inaugural debt offering of $500m in senior notes. Edward Petrosky represented Simon Property Group in a $1.35bn public offering of notes. Other M&A clients include Sutherland Asset Management and Strategic Hotels & Resorts (on behalf of the latter, the firm advised on the $6bn sale to Blackstone Group), while Ventas and WP Carey sought advice on note offerings. Attorneys named thus far are based in New York, but hospitality specialist Peter Benudiz, who joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, is based in Century City.

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