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John C. Kennedy

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Tel: +1-212-373-3025
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0025

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A partner in the Corporate Department and Global Co-Head of the firm’s Capital Markets 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:

  • Rocket Companies in its $2 billion IPO and $4 billion of debt offerings
  • Carnival Corporation & plc in a number of securities offerings, including $23.2 billion of debt offerings, $3.8 billion of common stock offerings and $2.5 billion of ATM equity programs since 2020
  • Savers Value Village in its $461 million IPO
  • Latham Group in its $437 million IPO and $234 million secondary offering
  • HireRight Holdings in its $420 million IPO
  • European Wax Center in its $207 million IPO
  • Driven Brands in its $700 million IPO and $225 million secondary offering
  • 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
  • Ply Gem Holdings in its $381 million IPO and a number of high yield debt offerings
  • 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
  • Emdeon in its IPO
  • Carrier Corporation in connection with its $3 billion and €2.35 billion offerings of debt securities in connection with its acquisition of the Viessmann Group
  • Kyndryl Holdings in its $2.4 billion offering of debt securities in connection with its spin-off from IBM
  • GE Heathcare in its $8.25 billion offering of debt securities in connection with its spin-off from General Electric
  • General Electric in the spin-offs of GE Healthcare and GE Vernova
  • IBM in the spin-off of Kyndryl Holdings, its managed infrastructure services business into a separate publicly traded company
  • Honeywell in its spin-off of Garrett Motion, Honeywell’s former Transportation Systems business
  • Nuance Communications in its spin-off of Cerence, Nuance’s former Automotive Software business
  • Ingersoll-Rand in the spin-off and $15 billion merger of its Industrial business with Gardner Denver Holdings

John’s other public company clients include AMN Healthcare, Chevron, Garrett Motion, Teladoc and Vertiv Holdings. He also regularly represents private equity firms such as 3G, General Atlantic, Oak Hill Capital Partners and CI Capital Partners.

John is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500, was named a Law360 2021 MVP and as one of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Dealmakers in America.” 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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