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Dechert LLP

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Stephen M Leitzell

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Stephen M. Leitzell advises clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and public company reporting and governance issues. His clients are varied, including public and privately-held corporations, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. He also has experience across a wide range of industries, most significantly in the health care and technology sectors.


University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1996; University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1999

United States: Finance

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: 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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