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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
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United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

A reliable team for sophisticated transactions’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s underwriter-side practice impressed during 2018 with a run of high-profile engagements for major investment banks. The REITs, power, energy and retail sectors provide the bulk of instructions and sources say, ‘it really punches above its weight in its key areas’. In New York, group co-head Peter O’Brien, together with Christina Kwon, advised Credit Suisse Securities (USA) as placement agent on utility company NiSource’s $606m private placement. David Wright, who co-leads the group from Richmond, advised the lead underwriters on a $165m follow-on offering by Agree Realty Corporation. Susan Failla and Courtney Cochran Butler also co-lead the group from New York and Houston respectively.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

Noted for its ‘depth in the energy space’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP also ‘punches above its weight’ in the utilities and real estate spheres. The firm secured several high-profile mandates for issuers over the past year, which saw department co-head Susan Failla advising Philip Morris International on two notes offerings totaling €1bn. Peter O’Brien, who co-leads the capital markets practice, and Christina Kwon advised Duke Energy on several debt capital markets deals, including a $500m public offering. On the underwriter front, Houston-based Michael O’Leary acted for the underwriters on $2bn worth of senior notes offerings by Kinder Morgan. The group also benefits from the experience of Houston-based co-lead Courtney Cochran Butler and Richmond-based real estate capital markets head David Wright. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is widely respected for its advice to issuer and underwriter clients; the practice is also active in both the property and mortgage REIT sectors. The team assisted Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a publicly traded REIT that owns upscale, full-service hotels, with its $7.6bn acquisition of LaSalle Hotel Properties. George Howell III, who divides his time between New York and Richmond, and Kendal Sibley advise on the tax aspects of REITs, and David Wright heads the real estate capital markets practice. Other key contacts are Washington DC’s Robert SmithMark Wickersham and counsel James Davidson. The advisers listed are in Richmond unless otherwise stated.