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Jeff Norton

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Jeff Norton focuses on corporate finance matters, with particular emphasis on acquisition finance. His experience includes advising on syndicated senior and junior leveraged debt, bridge loan financings and high yield issuances in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including numerous U.S. and European TLB and Yankee loan transactions. Mr. Norton advises corporates, financial institutions, financial sponsors and funds on a variety of finance matters such as leveraged finance, general finance, liability management transactions as well as restructurings.


University of Washington, B.A., 1981, Honors; University of Washington, M.A., 1982, cum laude; Cornell Law School, J.D., 1985, cum laude, Senior Editor, Cornell Law Review

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Dechert LLP is recommended both for its lender-led expertise, where it acts for a range of institutions and alternate lenders, and for its borrower work. Scott Zimmerman leads the global leveraged finance team, which was bolstered in New York by the arrival of Jeff Norton from Linklaters LLP. He joins a team that includes the impressive Jay Alicandri, who is noted for advising borrowers and lenders, Jeffrey Katz and the Philadelphia-based Sarah Gelb. Borrower-led highlights included representing Mexican railroad giant GMexico Transportes on the $1.5bn financing for its acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway Holdings. On the lender side the firm represented ING Capital on $300m worth of facilities to Tree Line Capital Partners, a direct lender to small and medium-sized companies in the US. Another significant client on the direct lender side is Prospect Capital Corporation, which it advised on several transactions, including a $64m loan to finance ICV Partners’ acquisition of RME Group Holding Company.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Dechert LLP has continued to expand its team in the US and globally. In 2017, partners Nazim Zilkha, Gareth Clark and Jeff Norton joined the New York office from White & Case LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Linklaters LLP respectively. London, Hong Kong and Singapore have also recently benefited from lateral hires. The firm advised GMéxico Transportes, a subsidiary of Grupo México, on its acquisition of the Florida East Coast Railway from Fortress Investment Group and individual shareholders. It also advised H&E Equipment Services on its proposed $1.2bn acquisition of Neff Corporation. The firm continues to make an impression in financial services and healthcare deals and is a growing force in technology. Other clients include ECN Capital, MSD Partners, Select Medical Corporation, Lazada, Lexmark, Ipsen and GIC. Mark Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group, while experienced Philadelphia partner Henry Nassau has ‘spectacular judgment’ and is recommended for board and company representation. Jonathan Kim, Derek Winokur, Christian Matarese and Markus Bolsinger are also key members of the team, along with Latin America expert Howard Kleinman. Former chairman of the firm Barton Winokur is a ‘brilliant lawyer and negotiator’. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Former partner Carmen Romano has retired.

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