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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Christopher Paci

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Capital Markets


Partner and Chair of DLA Piper's Capital Markets Practice Group


Chris Paci has substantial experience representing investment banks and US and foreign issuers in a broad range of capital markets transactions. Mr. Paci also has extensive experience in the corporate aspects of financial restructurings, including by acting as counsel to US and non-US companies in chapter 11 reorganizations and related ancillary proceedings. In addition, he has significant experience in merger and acquisition transactions. These include registered offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked, high-yield debt and investment-grade debt securities; and exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. Chris also has significant experience in merger and acquisition transactions and debt restructurings.

Chris regularly advises company clients regarding SEC reporting and disclosure requirements and corporate governance matters.


Association of the Bar of the City of New York; American Bar Association


JD, Stanford Law School; Fulbright Fellow, Universities of Rome and Perugia; BA, Yale University

Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s presence on the ground in Latin America through its Mexico and Puerto Rico offices as well as cooperation agreements with firms in Brazil, Colombia and Chile, have ensured that it is well plugged-in to the region. The firm frequently advises Mexican issuers that are accessing the local and international capital markets, and has also gained market share in Argentina’s re-activated capital markets segment. In 2016, the firm advised the Municipality of Córdoba on its $150m debt offering; the first Argentine municipality to raise debt through the capital markets in 15 years. Other clients include Cofide, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), Globant, BAML and Iridium/ACS. New York’s Christopher Paci has an excellent reputation, as do co-chair of the Latin America practice, Robert Gruendel, and Miami-based finance and capital markets partner John Murphy.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s team is led from New York by capital markets chair Christopher Paci and debt capital markets head Jamie Knox. The practice also draws on partners from across the firm’s comprehensive domestic network, while internationally it plugs into its enviable global platform. Recent highlights include advising US Steel on its issuance of $980m of senior secured notes and acting for Mobile Mini in a private offering of $250m of senior notes. Knox led both deals, pairing up with Phoenix-based Gregory Hall on the latter. Clients also include Los Angeles Football Club, Marriott International and WP Carey.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘tailored approach’ and ‘strategic and thoughtful advice’ helps clients to achieve ‘very positive outcomes’. The group was significantly strengthened in 2016 through the arrivals of Baltimore-based Michael Stein, who was formerly deputy general counsel at Everi Holdings, and Kerry Johnson, who joined in New York from Hunton & Williams LLP. In addition, Melissa Bengtson and Scott Cowan were promoted to partner in Phoenix and New Jersey respectively. New York-based national capital markets chair Christopher Paci ‘effectively combines deep technical knowledge and extensive experience with a practical approach’; he advised Kadmon on its $75m public offering. In Chicago, Gregory Hayes acted for Equity Residential in its $881.2m at-the-market offering. Other key names include US corporate chair John Gilluly, who splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston, and Peter Astiz and Curtis Mo, who are both based in Silicon Valley.

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