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Marisa D. Stavenas
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2303
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Marisa Stavenas has a wide ranging practice advising both investment banking and corporate clients on an array of complex domestic and international capital raising and restructuring transactions. She frequently provides counsel on public and private sales of debt securities, tender and exchange offers, IPOs, as well as offerings of common, convertible and preferred securities, among other transactions. She also regularly advises corporate clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters. Clients regularly look to Marisa to guide them through their most complex high yield debt and restructuring transactions. Her diverse clients have included Hovnanian Enterprises, Halliburton and Owens-Illinois in designated underwriters roles and various investment banks. She is a contributing editor to a leading international legal and regulatory guide on acquisition finance. Marisa is on the Steering Committee of the Kate Stoneman Project, a leadership organization comprised of women partners at New York-based law firms.

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Work Highlights
    • Underwriters in Realogy’s $1.2 billion IPO, the largest-ever real estate offering and one of the largest IPOs of 2012, and related $2.7 billion of secondary offerings by Apollo Group, and underwriters in several of Realogy’s debt issuances, including creative secured debt structures and a bond-for-bank loan exchange
    • Hovnanian Enterprises in several financing transactions, including a series of secured debt restructuring transactions and exchange and tender offers
    • Underwriters in connection with a CAD$250 million three-tier crossing lien secured notes offering by Postmedia Network
    • Genesee & Wyoming in $475 million aggregate offerings of common stock and tangible equity units
    • Underwriters in a split-off transaction and several debt offerings by Halliburton Company and the IPO of its subsidiary, KBR
    • Underwriters in several secured and unsecured Euro and U.S. dollar debt offerings and tender offers for Owens-Illinois
    • Initial purchasers in a secured debt offering to finance The Reader’s Digest Association’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Accolades
    • Repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 in its guide covering leading U.S. lawyers
    Education
    • Georgetown University Law Center, 1999 J.D.
      cum laude; Georgetown University Law Journal, 1997–1999
    • Washington University, 1996 B.A.
      magna cum laude
    Admissions
    • New York 2000

    Marisa Stavenas is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. She represents both investment banking and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex domestic and international capital raising and restructuring transactions, including public and private sales of debt securities, tender offer and exchange offer transactions, initial public offerings and offerings of common, convertible and preferred securities. Her transactions frequently include high yield and secured financings as well as acquisition finance, including advising the underwriters or private equity sponsors in bridge financing. Marisa also works with corporate issuers on an ongoing basis as designated underwriters’ counsel in connection with offerings by such issuers. In addition, Marisa regularly advises corporate clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters.

    Representative transactions include:

    • Underwriters in Realogy’s $1.2 billion IPO, the largest-ever real estate offering and one of the largest IPOs of 2012, and related $2.7 billion of secondary offerings by Apollo Group, and underwriters in several of Realogy’s debt issuances, including creative secured debt structures and a bond-for-bank loan exchange
    • Hovnanian Enterprises, a leading national homebuilder, in several financing transactions, including a series of secured debt restructuring transactions and exchange and tender offers
    • Underwriters in connection with a CAD$250 million three-tier crossing lien secured notes offering by Postmedia Network, the largest publisher by circulation of paid English-language daily newspapers in Canada
    • Genesee & Wyoming, the largest short line rail operator in North America, in $475 million acquisition financing offerings of common stock and tangible equity units
    • Underwriters in a split-off transaction and several debt offerings by Halliburton Company and the IPO of its subsidiary, KBR
    • Underwriters in several secured and unsecured Euro and U.S. dollar debt offerings and tender offers for Owens-Illinois, the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the world
    • Initial purchasers in a first-lien, second-out secured debt offering to finance The Reader’s Digest Association’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    • Initial purchasers in acquisition financing of $290 million secured bonds for Northern Tier Energy, a downstream energy company
    • Dealer managers in exchange offers by Domtar Corporation (cross-border), which designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products, and WESCO International, a leading industrial supply company

    Marisa is a contributing editor of Getting the Deal Through and co-authored the United States chapter in Getting the Deal Through: Acquisition Finance 2014, published by Law Business Research. The chapter provides an analysis with respect to common questions encountered in acquisition finance transactions. 

    Marisa serves on the Steering Committee of the Kate Stoneman Project, a leadership organization comprising women partners at leading New York-based law firms. She is actively involved in a joint initiative of the Kate Stoneman Project and the Sadie Nash Leadership Institute, a non-profit educational program promoting leadership and activism for young New York City women. 

    She has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 United States.

    Marisa received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Law in 1999, and was a member of the Georgetown University Law Journal. She received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Washington University in 1996.

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