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Christopher Paci

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Chris Paci is the chair of the capital markets practice group. He 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.


French, English, Itlalian, Portuguese and Spanish


Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Past Member, Financial Reporting Committee

American Bar Association


J.D., Stanford Law School 1989

Fulbright Fellow, Universities of Rome and Perugia 1986

B.A., Yale University 1982

Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s expanding footprint in the region is gaining it further traction in Latin America capital markets transactions. Team members have a solid record in project and infrastructure bonds, issuances by FIBRAs in Mexico and offerings by Argentine issuers. Key New York partner Christopher Paci focuses on non-US issuers and more than half of his practice is driven by Latin America transactions. Clients of the firm include Cofide, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), Globant, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Iridium/ACS and the municipality of Cordoba. Recent mandates include advising Buenos Aires-headquartered Stoneway Capital on its $165m Rule 144A/Reg S senior secured notes offering. New York’s Jack Kantrowitz is noted for sub-sovereign issuances in Argentina and Miami-based finance and capital markets partner John Murphy is also a key member of the team. In February 2018, the firm hired three partners into its Bogota office from Garrigues, providing additional corporate and capital markets expertise. Dechert LLP is better known for M&A and restructurings in Latin America, but maintains a small market share of IPOs in the region, most notably in Mexico, Brazil and Chile. As special tax counsel, it advised Brazilian payment processor PagSeguro Digital on its $1.7bn US IPO and represented Chilean holding company Inversiones SAMS in its $30m private placement of senior secured notes. New York partner Howard Kleinman is a recognised Latin America specialist with extensive contacts in the region.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an active issuer-side practice, which routinely advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including technology, mining and natural resources, retail and life sciences. New York’s Jamie Knox heads the debt capital markets practice and supported Everi Holdings on its $375m offering of senior unsecured notes. He and Washington DC-based Stasia Kelly advised US Steel on a $750m senior notes offering. Christopher Paci, also based in New York, chairs the wider capital markets practice.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s comprehensive national practice routinely handles IPOs and follow-on offerings for both issuers and underwriters, with strong showings in the technology and life sciences fields. In New York, group chair Christopher Paci advised the underwriters on YogaWorks’ $40m IPO. In Austin, US corporate chair John Gilluly acted for the underwriter on Upland Software’s $40m follow-on offering. In a highlight for the Baltimore office, Jay Smith advised Laureate Education on its $490m IPO. Gislar Donnenberg joined the Houston office from Paul Hastings LLP. The practice also benefits from well-staffed offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Short Hills and Silicon Valley.

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