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John G. O’Connell
 

John G. O’Connell

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
Email:
Phone: +1-212-455-7116
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

John O’Connell focuses his practice on advising clients on capital markets transactions. He regularly represents investment banks, corporate issuers and private equity sponsors in connection with securities offerings ranging from initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings, high yield debt offerings and investment grade debt offerings. He also advises clients on corporate governance and general corporate and securities law matters.

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Work Highlights
  • Bentley Systems, Incorporated in its IPO and follow-on offering 
  • Initial purchasers in high yield secured offerings by Carnival Corporation totaling approximately $6.0 billion
  • Dealer managers in $2.77 billion of concurrent secured and unsecured exchange offers and consent solicitations by Endo International and initial purchasers in a $1.5 billion high yield secured offering by Endo International
  • Johnson Controls International plc in connection with a “modified Dutch auction” tender offer for up to $4 billion of its ordinary shares and $1.5 billion tender offer for outstanding senior notes
  • Underwriters in the IPO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
Education
  • Villanova University School of Law, 2011 J.D.
    cum laude; Villanova Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Villanova University, 2008 B.A.
Clerkships
  • The Hon. George B. Daniels, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011-2012
Admissions
  • New York 2013

John O’Connell focuses his practice on advising clients on capital markets transactions. He regularly represents investment banks and corporate issuers in connection with a wide array of corporate financings, including high yield and investment grade debt offerings, IPOs and secondary offerings, liability management and other types of capital markets transactions. He also advises clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters.

Representative examples of John’s capital markets experience include advising the following:

  • Initial purchasers in high yield secured offerings by Carnival Corporation totaling approximately $6.0 billion
  • Dealer managers in $2.77 billion of concurrent secured and unsecured exchange offers and consent solicitations by Endo International and initial purchasers in a $1.5 billion high yield secured offering by Endo International
  • Bentley Systems, Incorporated in its IPO and follow-on offering
  • Underwriters in the IPO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls International plc in connection with a “modified Dutch auction” tender offer for up to $4 billion of its ordinary shares and $1.5 billion tender offer for outstanding senior notes
  • Underwriters in primary and secondary equity offerings by Zai Lab Ltd., totaling approximately $700 million
  • Initial purchasers in high yield secured and unsecured offerings by Avis Budget Group, Inc. totaling $850 million
  • Initial purchasers in the $2.0 billion high yield secured and unsecured offering by CommScope in connection with its acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions business
  • Initial purchasers in the $400 million senior notes offering by Diebold in connection with its acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf
  • Initial purchasers in high yield offerings by Hanesbrands totaling approximately $3.0 billion
  • APX Group, Inc., (aka Vivint Smart Home) in senior secured notes offerings totaling $900 million

John received his B.A. from Villanova University in 2008 and his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova School of Law in 2011, where he was a Managing Editor of the Villanova Law Review. Following law school, John clerked for the Honorable George B. Daniels, Southern District of New York. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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