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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Although Winston & Strawn LLP’s growing equity practice is well versed in advising both issuers and managers, it is particularly prominent on the manager side, where it enjoys close links to major investment banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. New York-based capital markets chair Joel Rubinstein was involved in several high-profile SPAC-related deals over the past year, including advising the underwriters on the $690m IPO of Churchill Capital Corp and also advising the underwriters on Forum Merger II Corporation’s $200m IPO. On the issuer side, Dallas-based Charles Haag, who recently joined from Jones Day, advised FTS International on its $400m IPO.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

The manager-focused practice at Winston & Strawn LLP is a solid performer in high-yield debt transactions and secures a steady stream of midsize deals from major investment banks. In Chicago, securities specialist Cab Morris is a key contact and has a strong record for technology, energy, manufacturing and life sciences-related matters. Among his recent highlights, Morris advised the underwriters on two offerings by GATX Corporation totaling $600m. He also advised the joint bookrunners on a $300m notes offering by Baltimore Gas and Electric. Joel Rubinstein, who leads the capital markets group from New York, is also recommended.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Winston & Strawn LLP's M&A attorneys 'provide prompt attention and replies; they are very efficient and catch up quickly on topics'. The team is highly regarded for its advice to public and private companies, financial institutions, investors and emerging companies on high-profile cross-border deals, take-private transactions, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Key clients include CORE Industrial Partners, Synaptics and DHI Group. Significant matters included Bruce Toth's advice to NGL Energy Partners on the sale of its remaining Retail Propane business to Superior Plus; Oscar David (a former chair of the firm’s M&A, securities and corporate governance practice) assisting Motorola Solutions with its acquisition of Plant Holdings, which holds the Airbus DS Communications business, from Airbus Defense and Space; and New York's Joel Rubinstein, who chairs the capital markets practice, advising Landcadia Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company, on entering into a definitive merger agreement for a $390m business combination with Waitr, a restaurant platform for online food ordering and delivery. Matthew Bergmann and Washington DC's Christopher Zochowski co-chair the M&A practice, New York-based Dominick DeChiara chairs the corporate department, and Eva Davis in Los Angeles and Bradley Vaiana co-chair the private equity practice. Other key names are New York-based Latin America practice co-chairs Allen Miller, who 'has great knowledge and experience', and Talbert Navia. Also highly rated are Morton Grosz and Kevin Smith (both also in New York), Gregory Bynan, Brian Schafer,  Matthew Costigan, Steven Gavin, James Junewicz (who divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices), Richard Wynne in Houston, and Dallas-based Thomas Hughes. Growth in the practice included the hiring in New York of Jared Manes and Uri Doron from Jenner & Block LLP and Thomas Trimble in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Doron led advice to US company Knoll on the $300m acquisition of Danish design company Muuto. Named attorneys are in Chicago unless otherwise stated; Robert Rawn  exited for Jenner & Block LLP.

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