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Richard Aftanas

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Richard B. Aftanas represents issuers, private equity firms and underwriters in a wide variety of public and private finance transactions. He has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other public and private equity securities offerings, as well as high-yield and investment grade debt offerings. He also advises U.S. and international clients with respect to corporate and securities law matters, as well as spin-offs, debt tender offers, exchange offers and other refinancing transactions.


LL.B. McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1994 (Member, McGill Law Journal); B.A., University of Manitoba, 1991.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt

Within: 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.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

‚ÄėA¬†top-notch player for issuers on private equity-related offerings‚Äô, Kirkland & Ellis LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėincredibly smart and pro-business group‚Äô 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‚Äôs issuer-side practice is not limited to private equity-related work and in an example of its broad corporate base,¬†Joshua Korff, noted as ‚Äėa¬†great lawyer‚Äô, 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.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

‚ÄėA go-to firm for high-yield debt offerings‚Äô, Kirkland & Ellis LLP‚Äôs issuer-focused practice is widely recognized as ‚Äėtop-notch for private equity-related deals‚Äô and the consensus is that ‚Äėfew firms can match its institutional private equity relationships‚Äô. The team is also noted for its ability to leverage the firm‚Äôs market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring practice, which ‚Äėadvantageously provides access to a significant volume of restructuring-related debt issuances‚Äô. Joshua Korff¬†is ‚Äėa heavyweight issuer-side lawyer‚Äô, 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Gerald Nowak.¬†Sophia 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.

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