John C. Kennedy

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

John C. Kennedy

John C. Kennedy

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

A partner in the Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s North American Capital Markets and Securities Practice Group, John Kennedy focuses primarily on corporate finance and securities transactions. He has represented both issuers and underwriters in a broad range of public and private securities offerings.

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John has handled many complex securities and financing transactions, such as initial public offerings, high yield debt offerings, convertible debt offerings, cross border securities offerings, exchange offers, debt tender offers, consent solicitations and debt restructurings. He also regularly counsels his public clients on corporate governance and securities compliance issues.

John has represented:

* Carnival Corporation & plc in a number of securities offerings, including its recent debt and equity offerings;
* Honeywell in its spin-off of Garrett Motion Inc., Honeywell's former Transportation Systems business;
* Nuance Communications in its spin-off of Cerence, Inc., Nuance's former Automotive Software business;
* Ingersoll-Rand in the spin-off and $15 billion merger of its Industrial business with Gardner Denver Holdings;
* The Kraft Heinz Company in its shelf registration statement;
* NCR Corporation in the secondary offering of $548 million of its convertible preferred stock;
* Taylor Morrison Home Corporation in its $722 million IPO;
* Intelsat in its $400 million IPO and its $172.5 million mandatory convertible preferred stock offering;
* Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company in its $252 million IPO;
* Virtu Financial in its $336 million IPO;
* Las Vegas Sands in securities offerings and financings, including its IPO, its $3 billion secondary offering, its $2.1 billion equity offering and the financing of the Venetian Casino Resort, the Palazzo Casino Resort, its Singapore casino project, the Sands Macau, the Venetian Macau and other casino projects in Macau;
* Chubb Corporation in its $1 billion hybrid securities offering and a number of debt offerings;
* Ply Gem Holdings in its $381 million IPO and a number of high yield debt offerings;
* Wendy’s Restaurants in its high yield debt offering; and
* Emdeon Inc. in its IPO.

John’s other public company clients include AMN Healthcare, DHI Group (formerly Dice Holdings), Vertiv Holdings, HCP and Emmis Communications Corporation. He also regularly represents private equity firms such as 3G, General Atlantic, Oak Hill Capital Partners and CI Capital Partners.

John is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association – Compliance and Legal Division.

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Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1988

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

AB, cum laude
Class of 1985

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Memberships
Member, Compliance & Legal Division
Current

Securities Industry and Financial Management Association SIFMA brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers. These companies are engaged in communities across the country to raise capital for businesses, promote job creation and lead economic growth.

Member
Current

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$1,000
2008

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to elect Democrats – and give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.

$2,000
2003

Former President of United States

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. purchases Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Carnival Corp. issued USD Common Stock

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Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. purchases Ingersoll-Rand Plc /Industrial Segment from Trane Technologies Plc

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