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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

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London, New York, Washington DC

Corey Wright

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP


Corey Wright’s practice is principally focused on capital market transactions including both the high-yield bond and loan sides of financings and refinancings, debt and equity offerings and out-of-court debt restructurings, including debt exchange and debt tender offers.


Western New England College, B.A., 1997, magna cum laude
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2000

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt

Within: Capital markets: debt

Underwriter-side specialist Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has steadily expanded its debt capital markets capabilities. Although it is best known for its top-tier high-yield debt capability, the firm’s ‘excellent relationships with investment banks’ and ‘very prominent lawyers’ have developed into a broad standalone investment grade debt practice. Of particular note, the firm advised the underwriters on Comcast’s twelve-tranche public offering of $27bn in new debt financing to fund its acquisition of Sky; the deal, which represented the fourth-largest bond sale to date, was led by William Hartnett. In another highlight, a team led by Timothy Howell, John Tripodoro and Corey Wright advised the underwriters on a $2.5bn notes offering by Charter Communications Operating LLC and Charter Communications Operating Capital. Other senior names in the New York-based group include James Clark, Jonathan Schaffzin and Daniel Zubkoff.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

‘In a league of its own’, high-yield debt heavyweight Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is widely acclaimed as ‘the indisputable leader in underwriter-side representations’. The New York-based group, which is admired by peers for its ‘excellent relationships with all the major banks’, ranked top in 2018 for manager-side mandates in the high-yield debt space by both deal value and deal count. Among its highlights, William Hartnett advised the initial purchasers on a string of offerings by Valeant Pharmaceuticals totaling $4.7bn, while Jonathan Schaffzin paired up with William Miller to act for the underwriters on three offerings by Equinix worth a combined €2.7bn. The firm is also widely recognized for its ‘dominant position in the LBO market’. In a recent headline on that front, the firm advised the initial purchasers and lead arrangers on over $13bn in financings to back Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a 55% stake in Refinitiv, which was one of the largest non-investment grade leveraged buyouts completed since the financial crisis — James Clark, Daniel Zubkoff and Corey Wright led that transaction. Other highly regarded senior specialists are Douglas Horowitz and John Tripodoro. The group also includes up-and-coming names Marc Lashbrook and Joshua Zelig and rising star Meghan McDermott.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has a dominant market position in the lending space, where it is regularly listed at the top of the league tables for deal value and volume. In 2017, the firm advised on 306 deals with an aggregate value of over $379bn, $360bn of which were in the leveraged lending space. The practice is led out of New York by the highly experienced partners Jonathan Schaffzin and Daniel Zubkoff, and boasts a selection of top-notch advisers, including James Clark, William Hartnett, Jennifer Ezring, Adam Dworkin, Douglas Horowitz, and Corey Wright. Of late, the firm advised JPMorgan Chase Bank and UBS on the $2.9bn debt financing for the concurrent acquisitions and subsequent merger of Ply Gem Industries and Atrium Windows and Doors, by private equity funds, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Golden Gate Capital. The firm also has experience advising alternative lenders such as Jefferies Finance, Antares Capital, and KKR Capital Markets, which were among the lead arrangers on a $1.9bn loan to help finance Expres Oil Change & Tire Engineers' acquisition of Mavis Tire Express Services Corp.

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