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Securities Offerings 2014: A Public Offering: How It Is Done

Author(s): LizabethAnn R. Eisen
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Mar 2014
PLI Item #: 49478
CHB Spine #: B2084

LizAnn Eisen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on domestic and international corporate finance transactions, corporate governance and reporting matters and restructurings.

Ms. Eisen’s clients have included Amdocs, Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings, Mantis Vision, MIH Limited, Orbotech, Starbucks, Tengelmann, Unilever, Universal Orlando, UTi Worldwide, Weyerhaeuser and Xerox. Her work includes corporate reporting, governance and disclosure advice, securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions for these clients. In addition, she represents underwriters in IPOs, including for Amplify Snack Brands, Francesca’s Holdings, Global Brass and Copper and Tumi Holdings as well as in follow-on and secondary offerings, including for Amplify Snack Brands, Cooper-Standard Holdings, Darling International, Francesca’s Holdings, Global Brass and Copper, Huntsman, Tumi Holdings and Metals USA, and in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, including for Allegion, Chrysler, Dell, Entegris, Waterjet, Terex Corp., Clear Channel Communications, Clear Channel Outdoor and Reynolds Group. Ms. Eisen’s recent M&A and acquisition financing work includes representing Goldman Sachs in connection with the bridge facility and debt offering for Fortis Inc.’s acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp.; UTi Worldwide in its sale to DSV; and Orbotech in a senior secured syndicated Term Loan B facility to finance its acquisition of SPTS Technologies Group.

Ms. Eisen is a frequent speaker and author on the securities laws. She has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) annual program on public offerings for many years and has written on debt financing commitments and the SEC rules on completing IPOs as market conditions shift. In addition, in March 2016, Ms. Eisen spoke at a conference on “Compliance in a Global Arena: U.S., EU and Israeli Perspectives” in Tel Aviv, Israel. In June 2014, she spoke on a live webcast entitled “Underwriter’s Counsel: Latest Developments” at a program presented by

In addition, Ms. Eisen is one of the six partners who oversee the Firm’s pro bono project with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian through which free legal services are provided to patients and their families. She currently serves on the board of directors of Good Shepherd Services and as Vice President of the Board of The Fresh Air Fund. Ms. Eisen is also a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Ms. Eisen has been recognized as one of the leading practitioners in securities law by The Legal 500 from 2010 through 2016 and IFLR1000 in 2008, 2009 and from 2013 through 2017. She received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Award for “Best in Capital Markets” in 2015. Ms. Eisen was also named to Lawdragon magazine’s 500 New Stars, New Worlds, a list of the nation’s top 500 up-and-coming talent and innovative seasoned professionals who are “carrying the legal profession to new frontiers.”

Ms. Eisen comes from Portland, Oregon. She received a B.A. magna cum laude in 1994 from Cornell University and a J.D. in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Eisen joined Cravath in 1997 and became a partner in 2005. 


Fortis's $2 Billion Debt Offering
Cravath Represents the Initial Purchasers in Fortis’s $2 Billion Debt Offering

Orbotech's Registered Ordinary Shares Offering
Cravath Represents Orbotech in its Registered Ordinary Shares Offering

Cravath's Pro Bono Work for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its Cross-Border Program
Cravath Works Pro Bono for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its Cross-Border Program

Cooper-Standard Holdings's Registered Secondary Common Stock Offering
Cravath Represents the Underwriters in Cooper-Standard Holdings’s Registered Secondary Common Stock Offering


J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1997

B.A. Cornell University, 1994, magna cum laude


American Bar Association

  • Federal Regulation of Securities Committee
  • NASD Corporate Financing Rules Subcommittee

New York City Bar Association


The Fresh Air Fund

  • Vice President
  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee

President’s Council of Cornell Women

  • Member

Good Shepherd Services

  • Board of Directors

Professional Recognition


  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity ­ US (2017-2013, 2009)
  • Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt ­ US (2017-2014, 2009, 2008)


  • 500 New Stars, New Worlds (2006)

The Legal 500 US

  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2015-2012, 2010)
  • Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2016, 2015, 2014)
  • Capital Markets: Global Offerings (2011, 2010)
  • Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings (2015-2011)

Americas Women in Business Law Awards ­ Best in Capital Markets, Euromoney Legal Media Group, 2015


Six Cravath Partners Shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2016 Americas Women in Business Law Awards

Cravath’s Pro Bono Work with The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Noted in The Wilton Bulletin

 LizAnn Eisen, John Buretta and Ben Gruenstein Speak at Compliance Conference in Israel

LizAnn Eisen Chairs, and Scott Bennett Speaks at, PLI’s 2016 Securities Offerings Conference