Press Release

Kirkland Adds Capital Markets Lawyer Richard Aftanas in New York

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that capital markets attorney Richard Aftanas has joined the New York office as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group.

“Richard is a very accomplished lawyer with a great reputation,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “He brings with him over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and securities that will build upon our robust capital markets practice in New York.”

Mr. Aftanas represents issuers in a wide variety of public and private finance transactions. He has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other public and private equity securities offerings, as well as high-yield and investment grade debt offerings. He also advises U.S. and international clients with respect to corporate and securities law matters, as well as spin-offs, debt tender offers, exchange offers and other refinancing transactions. Mr. Aftanas joins Kirkland from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

His recent representations include: Moelis & Company, El Pollo Loco and NextEra Energy Partners in their recent initial public offerings; All Aboard Florida Holdings, Florida East Coast Corp. and Florida East Coast Industries, portfolio companies of Fortress Investment Group, in high-yield offerings raising more than $1.5 billion; Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. in numerous high-yield offerings; Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in its $2.3 billion public equity offering and $3.2 billion high-yield offering to finance a portion of Valeant’s acquisition of Bausch & Lomb Holdings; and Newcastle Investment Corp. in the spin-off of New Residential Investment Corp. and the pending spin-off of New Senior Investment Group.

“As demand for sophisticated financing arrangements grows, we strive to provide clients with intelligent solutions to meet their business objectives,” said Joshua Korff, a senior capital markets partner at Kirkland. “Richard is one of the most respected attorneys in his field and he will be a key addition to enhance our strong transactional platform and capital markets practice.”

Mr. Aftanas has been recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 United States. He was among the winners of the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards, which recognized individual partners who excel across the full spectrum of client service.

Mr. Aftanas holds a LL.B. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Manitoba.

Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, restructuring and tax, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property matters.

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