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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

In 2016, Winston & Strawn LLP strengthened its capital markets group with four lateral hires in New York: Joel Rubinstein, Jonathan Rochwarger and Elliott Smith all joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP (where Rubinstein led the capital markets practice), while Keith Andruschak arrived from Mayer Brown. Manager-side mandates comprise the bulk of instructions, and the firm routinely acts on complex, high-value deals across a broad range of industries. In Chicago, Cab Morris recently advised the joint book-running managers on several deals, including Illinois Tool Works’ $1bn offering of notes, Newell Rubbermaid’s $8bn offering of notes and Exelon’s $1.8bn offering of notes. Matthew Bergmann and Christopher Zochowski jointly lead the M&A and securities practice from Chicago and Washington DC respectively.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Winston & Strawn LLP’s M&A team regularly draws upon the firm’s tax, antitrust, employment, IP, environmental and employee benefits practices as well as its corporate and finance expertise. In New York, the firm recently hired insurance specialist Keith Andruschak from Mayer Brown and Joel Rubinstein, Jonathan Rochwarger and Elliott Smith from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Rubinstein has particular experience in transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies. The firm’s M&A practice is under new leadership in the form of Matthew Bergmann in Chicago and Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski. Upper mid-market highlights included advising Global Eagle Entertainment on the $550m acquisition of Emerging Markets Communications; while in the lower mid-market space, the team acted for Continuum Energy in the $78m sale of its retail natural gas business, and advised General Cable Corporation on the $71m divestment of its automotive ignition wire business, located in the US and Mexico. Evidencing the team’s ability to act on large deals, it assisted TreeHouse Foods with its $2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra Foods’ private brands operations, and acted for Motorola Solutions in the $1.2bn acquisition of Airwave, a private operator of a public safety network. Key Chicago advisers include former corporate practice chair Steven Gavin, Oscar David, Brian Schafer and Robert Wall. Other notable names include Houston-based Richard Wynne, Robert Rawn in New York, James Junewicz, who divides time between Chicago and New York, and Eric Green in Washington DC. Following publication, a group comprising Kevin Smith, Allen Miller, Morton Grosz, Sey-Hyo Lee, Claude Serfilippi and Talbert Navia joined from the legacy Chadbourne & Parke LLP firm.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Praised by clients for its strength in middle-market transactions, Winston & Strawn LLP provides a ‘full suite of services’ and the ‘requisite depth to run multiple deals simultaneously’. The firm ‘puts top partners on deals and can manage middle-market deals more economically’ than some competitors. It ‘invests’ in client relationships, supporting projects in the early stages without ramping up costs. The firm continued to build out the core private equity team and key support practices, with hires such as securities specialist Joel Rubinstein from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and sponsor-side finance expert Lynn Tanner from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Key clients include The Jordan Company, Baird Capital Partners, GenNx360 Capital Partners, Water Street Healthcare Partners, Norwest Equity Partners and Arbor Investments. The core buyout team is spread across New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with New York-based Bradley Vaiana and Dominick DeChiara and Los Angeles’ Eva Davis as the joint practice heads.

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