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David S Rosenthal

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David S. Rosenthal, co-chair of Dechert’s Global Corporate Finance and Capital Markets practice, represents publicly and privately held corporations, investment banks, and venture capital firms focused on the life sciences and medical device, technology, media, and other growth sectors. He represents clients in corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensings and strategic alliances.


Wesleyan University, B.A., 1978, cum laude; Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1981, cum laude

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Dechert LLP handles a high volume of debt deals, with its expertise in life sciences and permanent capital vehicles ensuring much of the group’s work originates from issuers in those spheres. Among its recent highlights, New York-based department co-chair David Rosenthal acted for Egalet in a secured debt offering of up to $80m. In Philadelphia, William Lawlor and Ian Hartman advised Crown Holdings on its €600m private placement of senior unsecured notes and its $400m private placement of senior unsecured notes. In Boston, department co-chair Thomas Friedmann advised Eagle Point Credit on three debt financings, including a $25m notes offering. Philadelphia’s James Lebovitz is also a key contact.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Dechert LLP is well known for its specialist experience in life sciences and permanent capital vehicles and it garners a significant volume of deals in these areas, as well as from the healthcare, private equity and financial services sectors. Highlights saw Philadelphia-based senior corporate specialist James Lebovitz advising the underwriters on Advance Accelerator Applications’ $172.5m offering of American depositary shares, and Boston-based department co-chair Thomas Friedmann acting for the underwriters in Monroe Capital’s $48.1m share offering. On the issuer side, Philadelphia-based Stephen Leitzell advised B&G Foods on two public offerings of shares worth a combined $331.9m. In New York, group co-chair David Rosenthal advised Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, as sales agent, on Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ $50m at-the-market equity offering.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Dechert LLP is well known for its strong European and Middle Eastern practices, and remains a market leader for capital markets work in the life sciences sector, where it acts for issuers and underwriters. Recent highlights include advising JP Morgan Securities as lead underwriter on the $172.5m public offering of nearly four million American depositary shares by Advanced Accelerator Applications, a French radiopharmaceutical company. On the issuer side, the firm assisted Crown Holdings with its private placement of €600m of senior unsecured notes, and another $400m private placement. The firm has also been involved in several significant listings for clients in the non-regulated lending sector. Thomas Friedmann and David Rosenthal co-chair the team out of Boston and New York respectively.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Dechert LLP sets itself apart through its specialist expertise in life sciences and permanent capital vehicles, especially business development companies. It also has notable experience in advising private equity and venture funds on high-yield offerings; in a recent example, Philadelphia-based Stephen Leitzell assisted Hercules Capital with a $69m notes offering. Thomas Friedmann and David Rosenthal jointly lead the practice from Boston and New York respectively, and the team also includes Richard Goldberg and Howard Kleinman in New York, and Ian Hartman and William Lawlor in Philadelphia.

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