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Spencer Johnson

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Spencer Johnson is a partner in King & Spalding's Atlanta office practicing in the firm's Financial Institutions focus area.


He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


He earned his J.D., with high honors, from the Emory University School of Law in 2003 where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Notes and Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

King & Spalding LLP fields a robust issuer-focused practice, with recent experience in energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services and TMT-related transactions. In a significant boost to its national profile for equity deals, the group secured several IPOs over the past year. Most notably, Spencer Johnson assisted Americold Realty Trust with its $833.5m upsized IPO. In addition, capital markets lead Keith Townsend paired up with Zachary Cochran to advise EVO Payments on its $258m IPO. Townsend also advised SunTrust Banks on its $500m public offering of depositary shares. Named attorneys are based in Atlanta.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

King & Spalding LLP 'delivers incredible depth and expertise with thoughtful and practical advice'. The team advises across the full spectrum of REIT-related transactions, including public offerings, fund formation, finance deals, M&A involving public and private REITs, asset level and portfolio acquisitions, and exit strategies. Recent work includes acting for publicly traded REIT Columbia Property Trust, as borrower, in a $300m syndicated term loan facility. Spencer Johnson leads the REIT team; also key to the team are Anthony Rothermel, who splits his time between New York and Atlanta, Kathryn Furman, Keith Townsend and tax experts Jonathan Talansky in New York and Wayne Pressgrove. Peter Genz retired from the practice. The advisers listed are in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

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