Notable Representations, Key Contacts
- High yield debt
- Investment grade debt
- Secondary offerings
- Follow-on offerings
- Shelf registrations
- Private placements
- Convertible/exchangeable securities
- Acquisition financing
- Tender/exchange offers
Our practice and its lawyers are consistently recognized as market leaders by Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.
Weil has substantial experience advising issuers and underwriters on all types of public and private debt securities transactions, including high yield debt, investment grade debt, acquisition financings and private placements.
We frequently collaborate with lawyers in our Banking & Finance, Private Equity and M&A practices to advise clients on bridge financings backed by bond offerings in the context of both leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings.
In conjunction with our market-leading Private Equity practice, we are one of the premier firms advising portfolio companies of private equity firms on their IPOs and follow-on/secondary offerings.
Private Equity Finance
Weil’s Institutional Finance lawyers regularly advise leading global financial institutions as arrangers and underwriters on their most significant investment grade and leveraged financings.
Investment Grade Finance
In particular, we frequently utilize the combined strength of our New York and London platforms to advise corporate borrowers and financial institutions on cross-border transactions.
Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as underwriters, in the $644 million initial public offering, and Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo and Citi, as underwriters, in the $800 million senior notes offering by CBS Outdoor Americas (now known as OUTFRONT Media), a provider of out-of-home advertising services, in advance of the planned spin-off of the CBS Outdoor business from CBS Corporation.
The underwriters in the $1.8 billion investment grade floating and fixed rate senior notes offering and the $965 million follow-on common stock offering by Danaher Corporation, a manufacturer of professional, medical, industrial, commercial and consumer products, to finance its acquisition of Beckman Coulter.
Barclays and Citi, together with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, RBS and Wells Fargo, as representatives of the underwriters, in a $10.75 billion offering of investment grade bonds by Microsoft Corporation, a worldwide leader in software and other computing products and services – Microsoft's largest bond offering to date. We have also represented the underwriters in numerous other senior notes offerings by Microsoft.
Synchrony Financial (GE Capital’s North American retail finance business), one of the premier consumer financial services companies in the United States and the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables, in its approximately $2.95 billion initial public offering, and in over $4.6 billion debt offerings.
Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan in $5.5 billion combined offerings of common stock, tangible equity units and investment grade bonds by Tyson Foods, Inc. to finance its $8.55 billion acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company.
Named a Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year
This team is highly regarded for its representation of issuers, sponsors and underwriters in all types of debt and equity transactions.
[Weil] continues to be amongst the top choices for banks, issuers and financial sponsors seeking legal advice in debt and equity matters.
They have a deep substantive knowledge plus a healthy dose of practical business judgment and risk assessment.