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Leveraged Financing 2019

Author(s): Jeffrey E. Ross, Jason Kyrwood, David A. Brittenham
Practice Area: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate & Securities
Published: May 2019
ISBN: 9781402433993
PLI Item #: 254153
CHB Spine #: B2486

Mr. Kyrwood is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group. He regularly advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and other alternative credit providers in large-cap syndicated loans, as well as middle market and direct lending transactions.

Advising on over $500 billion in transactions since 2015, Mr. Kyrwood has broad exposure to the global banking market and its industry participants, including deep experience in leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, bridge financings, LBOs, cross-border financings, restructurings and recapitalizations.

Mr. Kyrwood has represented lenders in connection with some of the largest and most complex investment grade acquisition financings over the last few years, from Verizon’s $63 billion financing for Verizon Wireless, to Abbot’s $17 billion financing for its acquisition of St Jude and Cigna’s $26.7 billion financing for its acquisition of Express Scripts, among many others. He also represented Comcast in its £22 billion financing for its acquisition of Sky.

He also represents financial institutions in LBO financings across from some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial sponsors. Recent transaction include the $8.05 billion financing for KKRs acquisition of Envision Health Care, $4.025 billion financing of Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services’ (a CD&R portfolio company) acquisition of Safway Group and the $4.5 billion financing for CC Capital’s acquisition of the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. He also represents lenders in leveraged corporate transactions, including the $4.15 billion financing for the acquisition by United Natural Foods of Sueprvalu, Inc. 

Mr. Kyrwood is recognized in Chamber Global and Chambers USA as a leading lawyer, and has received numerous honors, including being named “Transatlantic Dealmaker of the Year” (2016) and "Dealmaker of the Year" (2014) by The American Lawyer, a "Rising Star" by New York Law Journal (2015) and Law360 (2011) and one of The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” (2012).

Jeffrey Ross is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Finance and Private Equity Groups. His practice focuses on complex acquisition and leveraged financings such as the $3.2 billion acquisition of Emergency Medical Services Corporation by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the $2.7 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings by Tribune Company and the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard. Mr. Ross is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2014-2015), which describes him as a “responsive,” “smart” and “very creative and commercial” advisor, who “goes the extra mile to make sure that [clients] have thought through all the issues.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013-2015), where clients are noted to “have a high degree of trust” in him, citing him as “exceptional on both the financing and the M&A front” and an “excellent leveraged finance lawyer.” He has been identified as a “rising star” in private equity by Law360 (2012).

Mr. Ross publishes frequently on legal matters related to finance topics. Recent articles include “Alternative Leveraged Lending Structures And Limitations,” Law360 (June, 2015); “SunGard 2.0,” The M&A Lawyer (2014); “Del Monte: Staple Remover?” The Deal Pipeline (2012); and “Some Pitfalls In Financing Carve-Outs,” The Deal (2012). He is also an Editor of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report; and a contributing author to the annual Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, 2015). Mr. Ross is a guest lecturer on leveraged finance in a course entitled Private Equity Playbook at Cornell Law School.

Mr. Ross joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1999, an M.A., first class honors, in International Relations from University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997 and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1995.

David Brittenham is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and member of the firm’s Finance Group.  He focuses his practice on complex leveraged and acquisition financings, such as the $15 billion acquisition of Hertz by The Carlyle Group, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Merrill Lynch Private Equity and the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard.  Mr. Brittenham is ranked as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers Global (2017) and in Band 1 by Chambers USA (2017).  Mr. Brittenham is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and a regular co-author of articles covering a range of finance-related topics.  He has been a co-chair for PLI’s Leveraged Financing and Private Equity Acquisition Financing Summit programs since 2006.

Mr. Brittenham joined Debevoise in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1977 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review.  Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Brittenham served as a law clerk to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, from 1984 to 1985.