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Corey Chivers

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Partner in Weil’s Capital Markets Practice. Represents corporations, investment banks, national governments and multinational financial institutions in a wide range of public and private securities offerings, including initial public offerings, major high-yield transactions and investment grade debt offerings. Also has significant cross-border experience and has worked on transactions in 24 countries worldwide, including throughout Europe and Latin America.


Member of the New York and District of Columbia bars.


Brigham Young University (BA, Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar, 1988); Columbia University (JD, 1991 – Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1989, 1990, 1991).

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Historically stronger on the issuer side, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP strengthened its manager-side credentials with its recent advice to the underwriters during Microsoft’s $19.7bn offering of senior notes to finance its acquisition of LinkedIn. The deal, which was notable for being the technology giant’s largest-ever bond offering, was led by Corey Chivers. Chivers also led the firm’s advice to Willis Towers Watson (Ireland) in two notes offerings worth $1bn and €540m respectively. Elsewhere, Jennifer Bensch acted for Mizuho Securities USA in a ¥30bn senior unsecured notes offering by DH Japan Finance. Alexander Lynch heads a New York-based practice that also includes Frank Adams and the newly promoted Faiza Rahman.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘responsive’ and ‘well-integrated’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is highly regarded for ‘taking the time to understand its clients’ businesses’. Furthermore, the firm’s ‘deep bench allows it to handle strategic transactions alongside everyday matters’. Alexander Lynch heads the New York-based group and is a ‘fantastic lawyer’, who ‘surrounds himself with a great team and quality associates’; he advised Cotiviti Holdings, a portfolio company of Advent International, on its $246m IPO. In another private equity-related deal, Jennifer Bensch acted for Silver Run Acquisition, a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by Riverstone Holdings, in its $500m IPO. Issuers may provide the bulk of mandates, but the firm does have a solid underwriter-side practice and Lynch advised Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as underwriters on the $250m Camping World IPO. Corey Chivers, Heather Emmel and ‘up-and-coming partner’ Faiza Rahman are also recommended.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Alexander Lynch heads a ‘responsive’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the high-yield area’. Private equity is a sweet spot and Heather Emmel acted for PQ Corporation, a portfolio company of CCMP Capital Advisors, in its $625m offering. The firm also recently picked up several distressed energy deals, leveraging its market-leading restructuring group to handle significant bankruptcy-related transactions in that space. Notably, Frank Adams advised Vantage Drilling on a private offering to existing creditors of $76m of senior secured second lien notes and $750m of step-up senior subordinated secured third lien convertible notes. In other matters, Corey Chivers acted for AMC Entertainment in its $595m and £250m senior subordinated notes offerings to help finance its acquisitions of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and Carmike Cinemas. AK Steel, Advent International and Centerbridge Partners are also clients.

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