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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 BROAD STREET, NEW YORK 10004-2498, USA
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Ari B. Blaut

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Work Department

General Practice




Partner in the Firm’s Finance and Restructuring Group. Maintains a broad corporate practice advising clients on a wide range of financing transactions, including bank financings, high yield bond issuances, “PIPE” transactions, debt restructurings, liability management and creditor representations. Has particular expertise in leveraged finance, acquisition finance and private credit transactions.


Member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws


George Washington University Law School (JD, 2007); Washington University in St. Louis, (B.A., 2004)

United States: Finance

Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Next generation lawyers

Ari Blaut - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Next generation lawyers

Ari Blaut - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Among the best in this area’, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP receives strong praise for its ‘strong technical expertise’ and ‘ability to explain complex concepts well’. The practice, which focuses principally on issuer-side representations, acts for several notable repeat corporate issuers in the high-yield market, including Dish Network and United Rentals. Key contact Robert Downes, who co-heads the general practice group, is ‘unflappable and creative’ and advised Standard Industries on its $500m offering of senior high-yield notes. Ari Blaut - ‘an extremely impressive younger partner’ - had a very strong year, which included assisting Andeavor with its $1.6bn offering of high-yield notes to finance its acquisition of Western Refining. In another set of headline deals, Neal McKnight, who co-heads the firm’s finance and restructuring department, and Downes advised United Rentals on three high-yield offerings totaling $2.1bn. John Estes and Scott Miller are also key names in the largely New York-based team.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has an excellent track record for borrower work, particularly for corporate clients who take up about 70% of the team’s workload. The practice can regularly be found on some of the largest corporate deals to hit the market. Notably it acted as finance counsel for Gartner in the $3.9bn financing for its acquisition of CEB, a deal which involved several different debt instruments including an $800m bond offering. Another highlight was representing INC Research Holdings in a $3.1bn loan to finance its acquisition of inVentive Health. The firm was also active on the private equity front and represented Ares Management on the $680m financing required for its acquisition of a 70% stake in healthcare company DMG Practice Management Solutions. The highly rated John Estes and S. Neal McKnight jointly lead the team, which also includes the well-regarded Ari Blaut.

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