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Gregory A. Ezring

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Capital Markets & Securities, Finance

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Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1988; B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1985


United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt

Within: Leading lawyers

Gregory Ezring - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Capital markets: debt

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based capital markets practice is underpinned by some well-established private equity relationships. In particular, Apollo is a marquee client and Apollo Management Holdings LP turned to the firm to advise on its recent $300m notes offering — group co-lead Gregory Ezring, corporate deputy chair Monica Thurmond and Catherine Goodall led that work. The team also enjoys a strong niche in Canada-related matters where Andrew Foley, who splits his time between New York and Toronto, advised TELUS on its recent $750m debt offering. Among the team's underwriter-side highlights, Christopher Cummings, who also works out of New York and Toronto, advised the underwriters on three securities offerings by TransCanada totaling $5.1bn. John Kennedy co-leads a group that has also recently undertaken work for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Ralph Lauren and Apollo-owned retailer, Aurum Group.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Dedicated, talented and thorough’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is praised for its ability to ‘seamlessly and efficiently execute deals’ and also to ‘deliver tailored and timely advice on complex issues’. The practice, which is commended as ‘doing a great job for issuers’, routinely advises private equity sponsors and public companies on equity offerings, with notable expertise in the TMT, leisure, apparel and energy arenas. Among its recent headline deals, Tracey Zaccone (‘a great talent and a joy to work with’) advised ADT on its $1.4bn IPO. Group co-head John Kennedy, who is ‘an exceptional securities attorney with a mastery over the entire landscape’, advised Taylor Morrison Home on three common stock offerings totaling over $1bn. Other key contacts in the New York-based group include department co-lead Gregory Ezring, who ‘advocates for his clients, while seeking to get deals done’, and deputy corporate chair Monica Thurmond.

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Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘efficient and practical group’ is composed of ‘talented attorneys who are always up to speed on market dynamics’. The New York-based practice, which represents global issuers and underwriters on the full spread of capital markets matters, is particularly held up as ‘really strong in advising issuers’. It also finds favor for its ‘skill across debt and bond products’ and its ‘full integration with corporate colleagues for seamless service in transactions’. Canada-related work is a strong suit, with sources highlighting its ‘strong dedication to Canada and US cross-border financings’, which results in ‘unmatched expertise in Canada deals’. Christopher Cummings, who splits his time between New York and Toronto, is ‘practical and knowledgeable’; he recently advised the underwriters on four debt offerings by Calgary-based TransCanada totaling $6.1bn. In a major event-driven deal, Cummings teamed up with Adam Givertz, who is also based between New York and Toronto, and ‘very strong and commercial’ department co-head Gregory Ezring to advise Canada’s Stars Group on both its $950m equity offering and $1bn debt offering to support its $4.7bn acquisition of UK-based Sky Betting & Gaming.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

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Gregory Ezring - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘supportive, practical and flexible group’ is noted for its ability to ‘maintain a level of partnership that goes beyond a client-provider transactional relationship’. The New York-based practice group, which is hailed by sources as ‘really strong for issuers’, enjoys close links with major private equity firms, such as Apollo, and their portfolio companies. Among its recent highlights, finance co-head Gregory Ezring (‘a very strong capital markets specialist’) acted alongside Catherine Goodall to advise EP Energy, in which Apollo is a significant shareholder, on its $1bn offering of senior notes. Ezring also paired up with Christopher Cummings, who splits his time between New York and Toronto, to advise Stars Group on its $1bn high-yield debt offering to finance its $4.7bn acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners and Sky. John Kennedy, ‘a talented and dedicated’ contact, and David Huntington, ‘a very commercial’ lawyer, are other key names in a group, which has also recently undertaken work for Hunt Companies, CDK Global and Garrett Motion.

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Commercial lending

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Gregory Ezring - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Commercial lending

Based in the firm's New York office, the 14-partner team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has an excellent reputation for borrower-related financings, particularly in the private equity sphere. Led by the extremely experienced Gregory Ezring, the team is regularly involved in some of the market's largest transactions. Recent examples include advising RCCH HealthCare Partners, an Apollo Global Management portfolio company, on the financing for its $5.6bn acquisition of LifePoint Health. In addition, the team acted for Berlin Packaging, an Oak Hill Capital Partners portfolio company, in relation to its $1.3bn financing for the refinancing of its existing debt. Other key clients include Roark Capital, Oaktree Capital Management and TowerBrook. Eric GoodisonThomas V. de la Bastide III, and Monica Thurmond are other names to note.

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