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Gerald Nowak is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. He joined Kirkland in 1993 and became a partner in 1999. Gerald has a broad transactional practice focused on representing public companies and private equity funds. In 2014, he was selected to The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers. He has been identified as a “SuperLawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine’s annual review and has been identified as a top high yield debt practitioner in The Legal 500’s annual review of Corporate & Finance attorneys.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1993, Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law, Published two notes in separate U of M legal journals; Auburn University, M.B.A., 1990; Michigan State University, B.A., Economic Policy Analysis, 1986.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: 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.

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