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

Capital Markets

Position

Partner; Chair, Capital Markets Practice Group

Career

Chris Paci has substantial experience representing investment banks and US and foreign issuers in a broad range of capital markets transactions. Mr. Paci also has extensive experience in the corporate aspects of financial restructurings, including by acting as counsel to US and non-US companies in chapter 11 reorganizations and related ancillary proceedings. In addition, he has significant experience in merger and acquisition transactions.

These include registered offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked, high-yield debt and investment-grade debt securities; and exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. Chris also has significant experience in merger and acquisition transactions and debt restructurings.

Chris has worked with companies in many industries, including aerospace/defense, consumer/retail, healthcare/life sciences, manufacturing, mining and natural resources, technology and telecommunications, often in connection with leveraged acquisitions or recapitalizations. The transactions in which he has been engaged have involved issuers in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as in the United States and Canada.

Chris regularly advises company clients regarding SEC reporting and disclosure requirements and corporate governance matters.

Languages

French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School; Fulbright Fellow, Universities of Rome and Perugia; B.A., Yale University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

The ‘experienced and practical’ group at DLA Piper LLP (US) impresses with its ‘efficient execution on complex transactions’. The firm’s expansive domestic and international network is also a recurring theme and one source comments, ‘as one of the largest firms, it can use its scale to ramp up quickly on sophisticated matters’. Global corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston, is ‘incredibly knowledgeable, available and committed’ and advised SolarWinds on its IPO. In another issuer-side headline, Phoenix-based Gregory Hall assisted Mesa Air Group with its $115.6m IPO. The group also benefits from the senior experience of finance chair Jamie Knox, who is ‘experienced, smart and always available’, and US capital markets head Christopher Paci, both of whom are based in New York.

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.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s commitment to Latin America through multiple offices in the US, Spain and in Latin America itself, brings it an impressive flow of capital markets engagements. The firm’s 2018 arrival in  Argentina through its merger with Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly led to a number of key deals for the new Buenos Aires office as well as the New York-based team. Clients include Stoneway Capital, Globant and Canacol Energy. The practice group provided international and local counsel to Argentine state-run water utility Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) on its $500m inaugural bond offering; and also advised  Grupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator and hospitality services company, as US counsel on a 144A/Reg S debt offering. Christopher Paci is a key name in New York, along with William Candelaria, while Marcelo Etchebarne is a prominent figure in Buenos Aires.