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Heading for the Exit: Best Practices for Successful PE-Backed IPOs 2014

Speaker(s): Matthew E. Kaplan, Steven J. Slutzky
Recorded on: Jan. 23, 2014
PLI Program #: 54899

Matthew Kaplan is a corporate partner who regularly represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity offerings. A member of the firm’s Securities Group, he also has experience in corporate governance, finance and general corporate matters. Mr. Kaplan is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2012) where he is lauded for his “professional integrity and high standard of legal skills,” as well as his “impressive industry knowledge” and “timely and incisive responses on even the most complex issues.” Mr. Kaplan is also ranked as a leading attorney in  IFLR1000 (2012) for his work on both debt and equity offerings.

Steven J. Slutzky

Areas of Practice

Securities Capital Markets
Financial Institutions Global Insurance Practice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate Governance


Steven Slutzky is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on securities offerings and related transactions. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in securities transactions including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, debt offerings and private placements.

Mr. Slutzky is ranked as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers Global (2013), Chambers USA (2013) and IFLR1000 (2012). He is recognized in The Legal 500 US (2013) and one client praises him as one of the “best lawyers I have ever worked with” (2009). Mr. Slutzky is co-author of “Conveyance Rule 159 of the Securities Act” (Securities Law 360, 7 April 2006) and “U.S. SEC’s Final Rules Regarding Securities Offering Reform” (BNA International World Securities Law Report, August 2005), among other articles. He also serves as a director of South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Mr. Slutzky received his B.S. from Lehigh University in 1988 in Finance and his J.D. from New York Law School summa cum laude in 1993 where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review.

Selected Representations

  • US Foods and CD&R in US Foods’ Agreement to Merge with Sysco for $8.2 Billion
  • Verizon Communications in its $49 billion bond offering, the largest-ever corporate bond issue
  • Debevoise Advises Verizon in its Agreement to Acquire Vodafone's 45 Percent Interest in Verizon Wireless for $130 Billion
  • Third Point Re, a Bermuda-based property and casualty reinsurer, in its $317 million initial public offering of common shares
  • HD Supply in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock
  • Reynolds Group in its $3.25 billion offering of 5.75% senior secured notes due 2020

  • Debevoise Recognized at International Financial Law Review’s 2013 Americas Deal of the Year Awards
    March 25, 2013
  • Paul S. Bird Named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer
    April 02, 2008

  • Heading for the Exit: Best Practices for Successful PE-Backed IPOs
    November 07, 2013
  • Seventh Annual Insurance M&A Seminar
    September 17, 2008
  • Insurers in Crisis: Risks and Opportunities
    September 17, 2008

  • SEC Adopts JOBS Act Rule Eliminating Ban on General Solicitations in Certain Private Offerings
    July 10, 2013
  • Reminder – Periodic Filing, Notice and Reporting Requirements for Private Equity Funds
    December 20, 2012
  • PCAOB Tees Up Questions For Audit Committees To Ask Auditors About Audit Inspections
    August 13, 2012


Bar Admissions

New York


  • New York Law School, 1993, J.D.
  • Lehigh University, 1988, B.S.