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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States

Work Department

Corporate; Public Company and Corporate Governance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity

Position

Partner; Co-Chair, New York Corporate Group

Career

Chris Giordano concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate counselling for private and publicly traded companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Chris advises clients on topics ranging from acquisitions and divestitures to securities law and general corporate matters, and he regularly represents various REIT sponsors in connection with their M&A activities. Significantly, his practice includes advising companies and their boards on corporate governance and strategic matters, including defending against activist investors. Chris also has deep experience representing private equity funds in their investment activities, including transaction structuring, equity-sponsor buyouts, early and later round financings and liquidity events.

Education

J.D., New York Law School; B.A., Drew University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

DLA Piper LLP (US)’ issuer-focused debt practice had a strong showing in the real estate sector over the past year. Notable highlights included New York-based Christopher Giordano advising global REIT WP Carey on a €500m notes offering on the Irish Stock Exchange. In addition, Phoenix-based David Lewis assisted STORE Capital with its $350m senior notes offering. Other significant areas of experience include TMT, cross-border offerings and energy and natural resources. The group also handles underwriter-side work. Finance chair Jamie Knox, who recently advised US Steel on a $650m notes offering, and capital markets chair Christopher Paci are key contacts in New York office.

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

DLA Piper LLP (US) has experience in a range of structured products and securitizable asset classes, though the team is perhaps best known for its CLO practice, which is among the country’s top ten arranger-side teams in terms of deal volume. Richard Reilly, who heads the CLO practice, acted for Goldman Sachs in roughly $18bn of CLO new issues, reissues and resets in 2018. In addition, Reilly also maintains an active manager-side practice, having advised Ares Management on approximately $6bn of CLO deals in a 12-month span from October 2017. A key figure in the ABS group is Boston-based Andrew Sroka, who has experience in fintech ABS, and recently advised Laurel Road Prime Student Loan Trust, as issuer, and Laurel Road Bank, as sponsor, on multiple student loan ABS offerings. Further, New York’s Peter White acted for Goldman Sachs in relation to the securitization of certain naming rights agreements for the NFL Hall of Fame Village. Christopher Giordano also has experience of student loan ABS, and David Luce is a key contact in the structured products practice.