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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 NORTH LASALLE
CHICAGO, IL 60654
United States
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Work Department

Corporate/Capital Markets.

Position

Corporate partner Dennis M. Myers is a senior member of the Capital Markets Group and focuses his practice on representing both public and private companies, including portfolio companies of private equity funds, and investment banks in a wide variety of capital markets transactions involving the sale of securities. Dennis has significant experience in the following types of transactions: (i) registered public offerings, including initial public offerings; (ii) high-yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buy-outs, significant acquisitions by portfolio companies of private equity clients or refinancings; and (iii) other securities-related transactions, including private placements, tender offers and exchange offers and related transactions in connection with out-of-court restructurings. Dennis also provides on-going corporate counseling to publicly traded companies and their private equity sponsors regarding corporate governance matters, Section 13 and 16 reporting obligations, preparation of annual disclosure documents, stock option and other incentive plans, insider trading and corporate compliance policies, general disclosure obligations and matters relating to the public sale of restricted securities.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1990, cum laude; Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1987, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

Best known for its premier high-yield debt practice, Kirkland & Ellis LLP also handles a solid volume of investment grade deals. The team has seen continued success in company-side deals, having secured mandates from a string of major corporate issuers over the past year. For example, New York-based Joshua Korff advised Kraft Heinz Foods on notes offerings totaling $3bn, while Chicago-based Robert Hayward assisted Boeing with senior notes offerings worth $1.5bn. Hayward also teamed up with Chicago-based Robert Goedert and Keith Crow to advise Kellogg, as issuer, on a two-tranche debt offering worth $1bn. The firm is also well known for its close relationships with private equity funds and routinely advises private equity sponsors on debt transactions. Other senior names include Chicago-based Dennis Myers, and New York partners Richard Aftanas and Christian Nagler. In 2019, Monica Shilling and Philippa Bond joined the firm’s Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLP.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

A top-notch player for issuers on private equity-related offerings’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s ‘incredibly smart and pro-business group’ is also a regular fixture on manager-side mandates. In addition, the team recently strengthened its Los Angeles-based offering with the hires of Philippa Bond and Monica Shilling from Proskauer Rose LLP. Among the team’s highlights, Christian Nagler assisted Leo Holdings (a SPAC formed by private equity house Lion Capital) with its $200m IPO. Nagler also acted for an SPAC formed by Carlyle on its $300m IPO. The firm’s issuer-side practice is not limited to private equity-related work and in an example of its broad corporate base, Joshua Korff, noted as ‘a great lawyer’, and Michael Kim acted for Avaya Holdings on its $300m offering of convertible senior notes. On the manager front, Nagler advised Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank on the $250m IPO of SPAC, DFB Healthcare Acquisitions. Richard Aftanas and Chicago-based Dennis Myers are also key contacts. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

A go-to firm for high-yield debt offerings’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s issuer-focused practice is widely recognized as ‘top-notch for private equity-related deals’ and the consensus is that ‘few firms can match its institutional private equity relationships’. The team is also noted for its ability to leverage the firm’s market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring practice, which ‘advantageously provides access to a significant volume of restructuring-related debt issuances’. Joshua Korff is ‘a heavyweight issuer-side lawyer’, but also handles manager mandates, and recently advised Teva Pharmaceuticals North America on its $2.5bn notes offering. Christian Nagler was at the helm for several of the group’s highlights during 2018, which included advising Charter Communications on its $2.5bn offering and also advising Frontier Communications on its $1.6bn offering. In Chicago, Dennis Myers assisted Navistar International with its $1.1bn offering of senior notes. Other key contacts include Richard Aftanas and Chicago’s Gerald NowakSophia Hudson joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in 2018, and Philippa Bond joined the Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019. Named lawyers are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.