Stewart McDowell > Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
555 Mission Street, Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94105-0921
United States

Work Department

Capital Markets


Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice Group. Practice involves the representation of business organizations as to capital markets transactions, M&A, SEC reporting, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Represents both underwriters and issuers in a broad range of both debt and equity securities offerings, including complex IPOs, convertible notes offerings and debt offerings.


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Member, California State Bar and New York Bar Association.


J.D. University of Virginia, 1995; BA, Princeton University, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is amongst the market leaders in debt offerings, particularly on the issuer side, though with excellent connections to a range of investment banks. The well-established team benefits from the firm’s strong credentials in securities regulation and corporate governance. It covers a multitude of industry sectors from life sciences and pharmaceuticals, to construction and infrastructure, technology and energy. New York-based co-chair of the capital markets team Andrew Fabens is an established name in investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt offerings, and has advised on a series of bulge-bracket deals, including a series of SEC-registered notes offerings for Amazon, featuring its inaugural offering of sustainable notes to fund green initiatives. Houston partner and co-chair of the group Hillary Holmes is another prominent figure, particularly in the energy sector. San Francisco’s Stewart McDowell is rated for technology and software transactions, and Los Angeles partner Peter Wardle is another key team member. Senior name Douglas Horowitz joined the team in 2022.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an impressive venture capital and emerging companies practice working out of its California offices. The firm is less focused on advising multiple early stage companies, instead taking a more selective approach to mid-to-late stage investments. This includes domestic and cross-border transactions, where it represents investors and issuers on major financings, M&As and capital markets exits. The versatile group has expertise across a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, media, entertainment, technology, telecoms and gaming, and has recently been busy in growing niches such as ad-tech, and social and mobile gaming. Key partners include Ryan Murr, who co-heads the firm’s San Francisco office, and fellow San Francisco partner Stewart McDowell, who co-chairs the firm’s capital markets practice group.