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Brian M. Janson
Partner

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1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
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A partner in the Corporate Department, Brian is global co-head of the firm’s Capital Markets Group and a member of the firm’s Finance Group. Brian’s practice focuses on advising clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, leveraged finance transactions and general disclosure and corporate governance matters.

Brian is recognized in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the capital markets debt, high-yield debt, and equity categories, as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA Capital Markets: Debt & Equity and as a notable practitioner for capital markets by IFLR 1000. He is also recognized in The Legal 500 as a next generation commercial lending practitioner and as a notable practitioner for banking by IFLR 1000.

EXPERIENCE

Brian has broad experience in representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings (both traditional IPOs and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) IPOs), investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, preferred stock offerings and other public and private securities transactions.

He also advises clients in connection with M&A transactions, acquisition financings, leveraged loans, debt and equity tender offers, exchange offers, consent solicitations and restructurings.

Brian’s experience includes:

Initial Public Offerings

  • Clear Secure, Inc. in its $470 million initial public offering
  • Sun Country Airlines Holdings in its $251 million initial public offering
  • Rackspace Technology, Inc. in its $703 million initial public offering
  • Intelsat S.A. in its $400 million initial public offering and a concurrent offering of mandatory convertible preferred stock
  • Ply Gem Holdings in its $381 million initial public offering
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company in its $252 million initial public offering
  • Apollo Strategic Growth Capital in its $816 million initial public offering
  • Apollo Strategic Growth Capital II in its $690 million initial public offering
  • Apollo Strategic Growth Capital III in its pending $400 million initial public offering
  • Acropolis Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. in its $345 million initial public offering
  • Osiris Acquisition Corp. in its $230 million initial public offering
  • Hawks Acquisition Corp in its $230 million initial public offering
  • North Mountain Merger Corp. in its $132 million initial public offering
  • Citigroup, as the lead underwriter, in the $110 million initial public offering by Comverge, Inc.
  • Credit Suisse, as the lead underwriter, in the:
    • $258 million initial public offering by Crucible Acquisition Corporation
    • $230 million initial public offering by Trepont Acquisition Corp I
    • $414 million initial public offering by Orion Acquisition Corp
    • $300 million initial public offering by ESM Acquisition Corporation

High-Yield & Investment Grade Debt Offerings

  • The Michaels Companies in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes and senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • MidCap Financial in its offerings of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Rackspace Technology Global in three offerings of senior secured and senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • ClubCorp in its offering senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Cox Media Group in its offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • The Fresh Market in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Intrado (formerly West Corporation) in its offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Maxim Crane in two offerings of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Shutterfly in its offerings of senior secured high-yield notes and senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Talos Energy in its offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Qdoba Restaurant Corporation in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Intelsat S.A. in four offerings of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Ply Gem Holdings in four offerings of senior secured and unsecured high-yield notes
  • Wendy’s/Arby’s Restaurants in its offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Credit Suisse as initial purchaser in Precision Drilling Corporation’s offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes
  • Foresight Energy in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • DS Waters of America in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Prince Minerals in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Hunt Companies in its offering of senior secured high-yield notes
  • Chubb in its offering of investment grade notes

Mergers & Acquisitions 

  • Affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in connection with financing the acquisitions of the following companies: AP GamingCareerBuilderClubCorpCoinstarCox Media GroupecoATMEndemolIntrado (formerly West Corporation), Maxim Crane, The Michaels CompaniesQdoba Restaurant CorporationRackspaceRedboxShutterflySmart & FinalTalos Energy and The Fresh Market
  • Affiliates of Crestview Partners in connection with financing the acquisition of DS Waters of America
  • Affiliates of Palladium Equity Partners in connection with financing the acquisition of Prince Minerals

Credit Facilities

  • AP Gaming in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Rackspace in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Intelsat S.A. in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Smart & Final in its asset-based credit facility, term loan credit facilities and revolving credit facility
  • Qdoba Restaurant Corporation in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Intrado (formerly West Corporation) in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Clubcorp in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Careerbuilder in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Endemol/Shine in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Redbox in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Coinstar in its senior secured credit facilities
  • ecoATM in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Foresight Energy in its senior secured credit facilities
  • Ply Gem Holdings in its asset-based credit facility and term loan credit facility
  • Verso Corporation in connection with its debtor-in-possession credit facilities and its senior secured credit facilities upon emergence from bankruptcy

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