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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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George A. Stephanakis is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as Co-Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets practice for EMEA.  His practice focuses on capital market transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

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London > Finance > High yield

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George StephanakisCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is a firm that focuses exclusively New York law deals, predominantly for issuers, though it is also active on the underwriter side The firm has ‘perfect knowledge and understanding of existing documentations and market practices, strong negotiation skills, and the ability to innovate to reach the best possible deal for the client‘. It has has notable expertise in executing complex, cross‑border high yield bonds issued in multiple currencies. London managing partner and co-head of EMEA capital markets Philip Boeckman is ‘a very commercial, pragmatic and knowledgeable individual‘ and clients remark that he is ‘consistently available, calm and solution-focused‘. Key partner George Stephanakis represented the initial purchasers in a £500m 144A/Reg S high-yield senior secured notes offering of Bellis Acquisition Company plc, of which Asda is a subsidiary. Alyssa Caples represented Picard Groupe S.A.S., Lion/Polaris Lux 4 S.A. and Picard Bondco in connection with a €1.71bn 144A/Reg. S high-yield sustainability-linked fixed rate/floating rate senior secured and senior notes offering. European counsel Margaret Rallings played a key role in the firm’s work for Premier Foods Finance plc in its £330m Reg S high-yield senior secured notes offering.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

The team providing legal advice is very responsive‘, say clients of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, adding that ‘the approach taken is to develop practical solutions following the question‘. Co-head of the EMEA capital markets practice Philip Boeckman has a broad ECM and DCM practice. Counsel Lawrence Verhelst acts for corporate and sovereign issuers and financial institutions in US and international capital markets transactions, including high yield and investment grade debt. Both are ‘very knowledgable and they listen and develop legal solutions that are practical‘. In 2021, Boeckman represented the European Investment Bank in four registered notes offerings with a total value of $15bn. George Stephanakis  , who co-leads the EMEA finance practice, acted for AngloGold Ashanti in a $750m registered notes offering, and assisted Casino Group with a cash tender offer for its 2025 and 2026 EMTN notes.