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John C. Kennedy

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Capital Markets & Securities, Corporate Governance, Private Equity Transactions


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J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988 cum laude; A.B., Cornell University, 1985 cum laude

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt

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

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John Kennedy - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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: high-yield debt offerings

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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