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 TheCorporateCounsel.net.
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
New York City Bar Association
The Fresh Air Fund
President’s Council of Cornell Women
Good Shepherd Services
The Legal 500 US
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
Representative capital markets and syndicated loan transactions include representing:
Mr. Bennett has also been involved in many complex and high profile M&A transactions which include representing:
Mr. Bennett has been recognized for his work in the capital markets arena by The Legal 500 United States from 2014 through 2016; The Legal 500 Latin America in 2015 and 2016; IFLR1000 in 2016 and 2017; and Super Lawyers in 2016. He also has been recognized as a leading practitioner in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 Latin America in 2016.
Mr. Bennett was born in Sarasota, Florida. He received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University in 2002.
Mr. Bennett received a J.D. with High Honors from Emory University in 2006 where he was valedictorian, a notes and comments editor of the Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He joined Cravath in 2006 and became a partner in 2014.
Costamare's Registered Offering of Common Stock
Cravath Represents Costamare in its Registered Offering of Common Stock
Qualcomm's $47 Billion Acquisition of NXP
Cravath Represents Qualcomm in its $47 Billion Acquisition of NXP
Phillips 66 Partners LP's $1.125 Billion Registered Senior Debt Offering
Cravath Represents the Underwriters in Phillips 66 Partners LP’s $1.125 Billion Registered Senior Debt Offering
Alcoa's $1.25 Billion High-Yield Senior Debt Offering
Cravath Represents the Initial Purchasers in Alcoa’s $1.25 Billion High-Yield Senior Debt Offering
J.D. Emory University Law School, 2006, James Colson Scholar;
B.A. Duke University, 2002
The Legal 500 Latin America
The Legal 500 US
Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - New York
LizAnn Eisen Chairs, and Scott Bennett Speaks at, PLI’s 2016 Securities Offerings Conference
LizAnn Eisen Chairs, and Scott Bennett Speaks at, PLI’s Securities Offerings Conference
Joe Kaufman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department. Joe advises clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters.
Joe advised HCA in its March 2011 $4.35 billion initial public offering, the largest private equity–backed IPO ever in the United States at that time. He also advised:
He also advised Mosaic in connection with $8.7 billion in secondary equity offerings during 2011 relating to Mosaic’s split-off from Cargill, as well as KKR in connection with its business combinations with KKR Financial LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors L.P.
With respect to debt securities, he has advised Aramark, Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, HCA, Masonite, Nielsen, Toll Brothers and others in connection with over $20 billion of high yield and investment grade note offerings. He has also represented underwriters in connection with debt offerings by Laureate Education, Roper Technologies and Texas Instruments.
He also represented Wyeth in connection with its sale to Pfizer, as well as the issuance by Wyeth of over $12 billion of notes and convertible debentures.
Joe joined Simpson Thacher in 1994 and was elected a member of the Firm in November 2002. Joe was recently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015. He was also named a 2015 “MVP” in Capital Markets by Law360. In 2011, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of the three “Most Influential Lawyers” in the Finance and Capital Markets category. In 2005, he was named one of 17 “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” by The Deal magazine.
He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1989, and his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1990. He received his J.D. with honors from University of Chicago Law School in 1994, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Mr. Evans is a partner in the Capital Markets—Americas practice group of Shearman & Sterling. He has extensive experience in public and private securities offerings. He advises corporate clients and investment banks on various corporate and securities law matters. He joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1996.
Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1982
Professional Affiliations and Business Activities
Ms. Ross is involved in a variety of the firm’s litigation practice areas, focusing in particular on securities fraud, shareholder rights and other complex commercial matters. She has over a decade of experience as a civil and criminal litigator, and represents the firm’s institutional investor clients as counsel in a number of major pending actions.
A key member and leader of trial teams that have recovered billions of dollars for investors, Ms. Ross is widely recognized by industry observers for her professional achievements. Named a “Future Star” and one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the nation by Benchmark, she has earned praise from Legal 500 US for her achievements, and is one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," part of an exclusive list of the top practitioners in the nation as compiled by leading legal journal Lawdragon.
Ms. Ross was a senior member of the team that prosecuted In re Bank of America Securities Litigation, which resulted in a landmark settlement shortly before trial of $2.425 billion, one of the largest securities recoveries ever obtained. In addition, she led the prosecution against Washington Mutual and certain of its former officers and directors for alleged fraudulent conduct in the thrift’s home lending operations, an action which settled for $208.5 million and represents one of the largest settlements achieved in a case related to the fallout of the subprime crisis and the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in the Western District of Washington. Ms. Ross was also a key member of the team prosecuting In re The Mills Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $202.75 million, the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in Virginia and the second largest recovery ever in the Fourth Circuit.
Most recently, she is a key member of the team that has obtained $204.4 million in partial settlements in the securities litigation arising from the collapse of former leading brokerage MF Global, which are currently pending court approval. Ms. Ross is also prosecuting a number of high-profile securities class actions, including the litigation arising from the failure of major mid-Atlantic bank Wilmington Trust, as well as securities fraud class actions against payday lending company, DFC Global Corp.; home healthcare and pharmaceuticals company, BioScrip, Inc.; and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a provider of support and technology services for mortgage loan servicing.
She has been a member of the trial teams in numerous other major securities litigations which have resulted in recoveries for investors in excess of $2 billion. Among other matters, Ms. Ross prosecuted the securities class action against New Century Financial Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) as well as In re Tronox Securities Litigation, In re Delphi Corporation Securities Litigation, In re Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. Derivative Litigation, In re Nortel Networks Corporation Securities Litigation and In re OM Group, Inc. Securities Litigation.
Ms. Ross handles pro bono matters on behalf of the firm and has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the trial advocacy program at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Before joining BLB&G, Ms. Ross was a prosecutor in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as well as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office.
David K. Boston is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He specializes in merger and acquisition transactions involving public and private companies and in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. Dave regularly advises boards of directors and senior management regarding strategic and governance matters.
John B. Meade
As a member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Meade represents issuer and underwriter clients in public and private securities offerings, and advises on general corporate matters, including corporate governance and SEC reporting matters, for U.S. and non-U.S. corporations.
Recent capital markets transactions include:
John D. Buretta is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on advising corporations, board members and senior executives with respect to internal investigations, criminal defense and regulatory compliance, including matters related to the FCPA, antitrust, fraud, insider trading, money laundering, OFAC and export controls.
His recent representations include advising a Fortune 20 company on FCPA matters, a board member of a Fortune Global 100 bank on OFAC matters, a FTSE 100 company on criminal antitrust matters and a global company on export control matters.
Mr. Buretta first joined Cravath in 1996 where he was trained as a litigation associate working on private disputes involving securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. Following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Peter K. Leisure of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Buretta returned to the Firm in 1999. He left the Firm in 2002 and served for over ten years in the Department of Justice.
Mr. Buretta completed his time at the DOJ as the number-two ranking official in the Criminal Division as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff from February 2013 to October 2013. In this role, he oversaw nearly 600 prosecutors on complex matters involving corporate fraud, FCPA, insider trading, health care fraud, money laundering, IEEPA, asset forfeiture, cybercrime, intellectual property, public corruption and other criminal investigations.
From 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Buretta served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), the third-highest ranking position in the Criminal Division. In this position, he represented the Department before Congress and the Sentencing Commission with regard to the Department’s fraud enforcement efforts, and oversaw the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, among others, including the Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit. Mr. Buretta supervised the preparation of the DOJ and SEC’s Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, issued in November 2012. In 2011, Mr. Buretta was appointed Director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force, a leadership position he continued to fill while serving as DAAG.
Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Buretta served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and was Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section from 2008 to 2011. He served as the prosecutor in ten trials during this time.
In 2014, Ethisphere Institute named Mr. Buretta a “Top Gun” in its list of “Attorneys Who Matter.”
Mr. Buretta was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Fresno, California. He received his B.A. in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996 he received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned the Edward Allen Tamm Award and was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. He rejoined Cravath in November 2013.
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, 1996, cum laude
B.A. University of California at Berkeley, 1993
Hon. Peter K. Leisure, U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of New York
Citizens Budget Commission
Pam Long is an Assistant Director in the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pam joined the Division staff in 1996 and has also served as an attorney-examiner and a special counsel in the Division. Before joining the staff, Pam worked as an associate in the Baltimore office of Piper & Marbury and in the Chicago office of Vedder, Price, Kaufmann & Kammholz.
Randol has over 30 years experience providing audit and audit-related services to global companies engaged in all aspects of energy such as upstream, midstream, downstream and mining. In addition to audits of multinational company consolidated financial statements (US GAAP and IFRS), his experience includes mergers and acquisitions, carve-out audits, joint ventures, master limited partnerships, initial and secondary public offerings (US and foreign), SEC reporting matters and internal control assessments.
Since July 2012 (and from 1999 to 2002), Randol serves as a Partner in PwC’s National Professional Services. In this role, he oversees the SEC Services’ reviews for Energy, Mining and Power companies and provides technical support and resolution on significant SEC reporting and disclosure matters and industry topics.
Prior to July 2012, Randol was in Moscow over 5 years. During this time, he was the Global Engagement Partner OAO Gazprom and related companies (IFRS and US GAAP). In that role, he was responsible for all services provided to the group around the world.
Prior to Moscow, he served as engagement partner on large public energy companies and Quality Review Partner (QRP) for several other multinational energy and power companies.
Randol is a member of the firm’s Energy, Utilities and Mining IFRS Experts Committee which addresses key areas impacting EU&M companies, IFRS conversions, US GAAP differences and provides guidance to teams on such matters. He served as the Technical Liaison Partner for the firm’s Energy practice and a Risk Management Partner focusing on EU&M companies and provided technical support and resolution on high risk areas and internal control assessments. He has been an instructor on audit methodology, co-author of Petroleum Accounting 6th Edition and AICPA Oil and Gas Task Force member.