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Robert E. Buckholz

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Bob Buckholz joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1980 and has been a partner since 1987. He is currently a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets Group. Mr. Buckholz has handled a wide range of public and private debt and equity financings for U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and their underwriters, including initial public offerings, privatizations and investment grade, hybrid and high-yield financings. He also has extensive experience advising on equity derivatives matters, both in the capital markets and in over-the-counter contexts, and regularly advises on disclosure, financing, corporate governance and other general matters for a wide variety of corporate, financial institution and utility clients. For further information on his practice, please visit S&C's website: 

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

The ‘outstanding’ team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP scores highly for its ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘strong ability to explain complex concepts well’. In particular ‘unflappable and creative’ group co-head Robert Downes is ‘a wonderful counselor’; he and Mark Welshimer assisted Citizens Financial Group with three notes offerings totaling $3.2bn. The firm also shines on the manager side and the ‘responsive and knowledgeableRobert Buckholz recently advised the underwriters on three notes offerings by Becton, Dickinson and Company worth a combined $11.4bn. Patrick Brown is a key contact in Los Angeles and advised the underwriters on several debt offerings by AT&T including a $22.5bn notes issuance. Other key names in the ‘superior’ team are Palo Alto-based capital markets co-head Sarah Payne and Catherine Clarkin, who is deputy managing partner of the practice. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Leading lawyers

Robert Buckholz - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s ‘extremely responsive team’ receives plaudits for its ‘invaluable industry knowledge and experience’ and ‘seamless handovers between partners as necessary’. In New York, department deputy head Catherine Clarkin is ‘always accurate, thoughtful, and practical’ and led on several highlight deals over the past year, including advising the joint lead book-running managers on Cadence Bancorporation’s $172.5m IPO. New York’s Robert Buckholz also secures strong praise for his ‘great instincts’ and ‘excellent client relationship skills’; he acted for the underwriters on several offerings by Becton, Dickinson and Company, including a $2.2bn follow-on offering. On the company side, Clarkin assisted Byline Bancorp with its $124.5m IPO, while New York-based group co-head Robert Downes advised Clipper Realty on its $87m IPO. Sarah Payne, who co-leads the group from Palo Alto, and Los Angeles-based Patrick Brown are also recommended.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Up there with the best in this area’, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP attracts rave reviews for its ‘responsive and commercial lawyers’ and its arguably ‘unmatched ability to appropriately staff complex and cross-border transactions’. The New York-based practice, which excels in both debt and equity deals, is equally adept at advising managers and issuers, and routinely teams up with colleagues in key hubs in Australia, China, Europe and Japan. Recent global highlights include advising Japan Post Holdings on its ¥1.3tn global stock offering. In another equity headline, the ‘accurate, thoughtful and practicalCatherine Clarkin, together with Mitchell Eitel, advised BNP Paribas on its secondary offering of shares of common stock of First Hawaiian. Global infrastructure head Christopher Mann handled a string of major debt capital markets transactions during 2017, including assisting the underwriters with a $3bn global bond offering by the Federative Republic of Brazil. Other key names are: global co-head Robert Downes (‘a wonderful counsellor’); Robert Buckholz (‘very responsive and knowledgeable’); and very active younger partner Ari Blaut.

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