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Stefanie Birkmann

Ropes & Gray LLP


Finance partner Stefanie Birkmann represents private equity firms, corporate borrowers, and other borrowers in complex financings. She is highly experienced in a wide variety of syndicated financings—with an emphasis on leveraged acquisition finance and recapitalizations—and advises her clients on senior and subordinated credit facilities, cash-flow and asset-based loans, first and second lien financings, mezzanine financings, bridge loans, high yield debt offerings and debt restructurings, including DIP and exit financings. Before joining Ropes & Gray, Stefanie was senior counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

A great issuer-side firm’, Ropes & Gray LLP is distinguished by its specialist private equity expertise, with sources valuing its ability to leverage ‘strong understanding of private investments and requirements on capital markets transactions’. The team comprises ‘non-confrontational and tireless lawyers’, and also attracts praise for its ‘in-depth knowledge of products and markets’ as well as its commitment to providing ‘seamlessly coordinated solutions across the firm’. In New York, ‘amazing attorney’ Stefanie Birkmann has ‘a great ability to adapt to clients’ and other attorneys’ styles’; she advised Samsonite International on its first-ever European high-yield offering, involving a €350m senior notes issuance. New York-based leveraged finance expert Alexander Zeltser is also singled out for providing ‘keen insights which are critical to getting the best result’; he assisted Coca-Cola Beverages Florida with its $375m private offering of notes. Other senior contacts in the ‘extremely knowledgeable and available’ group include Boston-based global finance co-head Byung Choi and New York-based Jay Kim.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Led primarily out of the firm's Boston and New York offices, Ropes & Gray LLP has built a superb reputation for sponsor-led debt finance, which stems from strong relationships with major private equity houses, including Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group and Silver Lake Partners. Standout highlights include advising Golden Gate Capital on the multibillion-dollar financing for its acquisition of Mavis Tire Holdings, which was subsequently merged with an existing portfolio company, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers. The practice is led by Byung Choi in Boston, and also includes Michael Lee and Patricia Lynch, and New York's Stefanie Birkmann and Jay Kim. The team also handles lender-side instructions, where Boston's Alyson Gal  and New York's Joanne De Silva acted for several key debt funds, including KKR Credit Advisors in relation to a multimillion-dollar loan to Red Midco.

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