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John C Kennedy

John C Kennedy

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP1285 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10019-6064

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

John Kennedy continues to impress market commentators with his profound ability when it comes to securities, debt offerings and IPOs.


A partner in the corporate department and co-head of the firm’s North American capital markets and securities practice group, John Kennedy focuses primarily on corporate finance and securities transactions. He has represented both issuers and underwriters in a broad range of public and private securities offerings.

John has handled many complex securities and financing transactions, such as initial public offerings, high yield debt offerings, convertible debt offerings, cross-border securities offerings, exchange offers, debt tender offers, consent solicitations and debt restructurings. He also regularly counsels his public clients on corporate governance and securities compliance issues.

John has represented: Carnival Corporation & plc in a number of securities offerings, including its two Eurobond offerings totalling €1.75 billion; Honeywell in its spin-off of Garrett Motion Inc, Honeywell's former transportation systems business; Nuance Communications in the announced spin-off of its automotive business; The Kraft Heinz Company in its shelf registration statement; NCR Corporation in the secondary offering of $548 million of its convertible preferred stock; Taylor Morrison Home Corporation in its $722 million IPO; Intelsat in its $400 million IPO and its $172.5 million mandatory convertible preferred stock offering; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company in its $252 million IPO; Virtu Financial in its $336 million IPO; Las Vegas Sands in securities offerings and financings, including its IPO, its $3 billion secondary offering, its $2.1 billion equity offering and the financing of the Venetian Casino Resort, the Palazzo Casino Resort, its Singapore casino project, the Sands Macau, the Venetian Macau and other casino projects in Macau; Chubb Corporation in its $1 billion hybrid securities offering and a number of debt offerings; Ply Gem Holdings in its $381 million IPO and a number of high yield debt offerings; Wendy’s Restaurants in its high yield debt offering; and Emdeon in its IPO.

John’s other public company clients include AMN Healthcare, DHI Group (formerly Dice Holdings), HCP and Emmis Communications Corporation. He also regularly represents private equity firms such as 3G, General Atlantic, Oak Hill Capital Partners and CI Capital Partners.

John is recognised as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association – compliance and legal division.

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