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Robert Hayward

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Robert M. Hayward is a partner in the corporate transactional group, and was honored as the “2015 Lawyer of the Year (Chicago Capital Markets/Securities Law)” by the Best Lawyers in America. His practice primarily involves counseling publicly-traded corporations and leveraged buyout and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in all aspects of transactional, securities law, corporate governance, executive compensation, stockholder activism and general corporate matters. Mr. Hayward has extensive experience representing issuers in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities (especially IPOs), buyers and sellers in public and private M&A and leverage buyout transactions and issuers and investors in PIPE, venture capital and other private financing transactions. Mr. Hayward has been named numerous times to the NACD’s Directorship 100 for his influence in the boardroom.


Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1997, cum laude; B.S., 1994).

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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