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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
767 5TH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States
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Position

Partner

Career

Merritt Johnson focuses on high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings, leveraged buy-outs and liability management transactions. Merritt has worked on transactions in a wide range of industries, including cannabis, healthcare, mining and metals, oil and gas, media and telecommunications, consumer retail products, technology and general industrials. His clients include Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Jefferies, Goldman Sachs and corporate issuers.

Education

Duke University (B.A., 2002); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has maintained an impressive flow of big-ticket equity offering engagements. It has achieved further prominence in SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC transactions, representing a number of major sponsors such as Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp, Fortress Value Acquisition Corp, The Gores Group and TPG Pace. Although traditionally more active on the issuer-side, the capital markets team has become considerably closer to financial institutions in recent years, thanks in part to the presence of Michael Hickey and recent hire Merritt Johnson . Alexander Lynch  leads the capital markets team and is a big name in equity offerings, including in the SPAC field. Heather Emmel is also prominent in SPAC offerings and Corey Chivers  is another senior practitioner across the debt and equity segments.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a healthy high-yield debt practice, in large part driven by its extensive private equity and corporate client base, along with an impressive pipeline of engagements from underwriter clients. Frank Adams  is a prominent figure in acquisition and leveraged finance, along with high-yield debt. Michael Hickey has played a pivotal role in developing stronger connections to underwriters and in elevating the firm’s standing in high-yield debt. Corey Chivers  is also a key name, along with prominent emerging talent Merritt Johnson , a recent hire from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Alexander Lynch  heads the capital markets group. All named individuals are based in New York.