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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) has an active issuer-side practice, which routinely advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including technology, mining and natural resources, retail and life sciences. New York’s Jamie Knox heads the debt capital markets practice and supported Everi Holdings on its $375m offering of senior unsecured notes. He and Washington DC-based Stasia Kelly advised US Steel on a $750m senior notes offering. Christopher Paci, also based in New York, chairs the wider capital markets practice.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s comprehensive national practice routinely handles IPOs and follow-on offerings for both issuers and underwriters, with strong showings in the technology and life sciences fields. In New York, group chair Christopher Paci advised the underwriters on YogaWorks’ $40m IPO. In Austin, US corporate chair John Gilluly acted for the underwriter on Upland Software’s $40m follow-on offering. In a highlight for the Baltimore office, Jay Smith advised Laureate Education on its $490m IPO. Gislar Donnenberg joined the Houston office from Paul Hastings LLP. The practice also benefits from well-staffed offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Short Hills and Silicon Valley.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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