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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

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.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Practical and solution-focused’, DLA Piper LLP (US) finds favour for its ability to act as ‘an extension of the client’s in-house legal team’. The national group benefits from coast-to-coast on-the-ground coverage, while its ability to plug into one of the world’s largest law firm networks is a key asset on cross-border deals. It also stands out for its broad industry focus, with its recent activity particularly concentrated in the technology, REIT and life sciences sectors. New York-based capital markets chair Christopher Paci is ‘really smart and client-driven’ and advises investment banks and US and foreign issuers on equity offerings. Global corporate co-chair John Gilluly splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston and regularly advises on transactional and regulatory securities issues. New York-based finance practice chair Jamie Knox is also noted for his experience in IPOs.