Matthew E. Kaplan is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He was Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department from 2017-2018 and is the Co-Head of the firm’s Capital Markets Group. Mr. Kaplan regularly represents issuers, private equity firms, and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and he also counsels public and private companies on disclosure, corporate governance, finance and general corporate matters.
Mr. Kaplan is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global (2016–2018) and Chambers USA (2016–2018), which praises his “encyclopedic knowledge of the securities law” and “cutting-edge legal advice and top-notch service,” as well as describes him as a “fantastic” and “extremely responsive” advisor, who provides “practical, useful advice and guidance” and “cuts to the chase and makes complicated issues clear.” He is also recognized by The Legal 500 US (2016–2017), which notes that he is “a trusted adviser you can rely on,” and IFLR1000 (2018) for his work on debt offerings.
Mr. Kaplan is a frequent author on legal developments affecting the capital markets. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the Debevoise & Plimpton Insider Trading & Disclosure Update and a contributing author to the Debevoise & Plimpton Governance Round-Up and Private Equity Report. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Law360 Editorial Advisory Board (2015).
Mr. Kaplan is currently the Vice-Chair of the Securities Law Opinions subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee (FRSCM) of the American Bar Association and a member of the FRSCM and the FRSCM Disclosure Effectiveness Working Group.
Mr. Kaplan has also served as a member of several committees of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Business Law Section, including the Executive Committee, the Insurance Law Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. From 2010 to 2011, he was Chairman of the Insurance Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the NYSBA, and from 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the NYSBA Diversity Mentors Council in 2013 and is an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Kaplan was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow for the Class of 2015–2016 by the Partnership for New York City.
Mr. Kaplan joined Debevoise in 1996 and became a partner in 2005. He was resident in the London office from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Kaplan received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1996 where he was a Stone Scholar. He received his B.A. with honors from Colgate University in 1993.
- The Carlyle Group in its strategic partnership with AIG to position DSA Re as a platform to provide solutions for insurance liabilities globally.
- Nationstar Mortgage, a leading mortgage servicer and originator, in its $3.8 billion merger with WMIH.
- Westpac Banking Corporation, in the establishment of a U.S. registered Additional Tier 1 Capital securities program, and the subsequent public offering, acting through its New Zealand Branch, of 5.000% Fixed Rate Resetting Perpetual Subordinated Contingent Convertible Securities.
- Discovery Communications in its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
- Booz Allen Hamilton, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in its $350 million offering of 5.125% senior notes due 2025.
- Westpac Banking Corporation in its registered public offering of $1.25 billion 2.80% notes due 2022 and $500 million floating rate notes due 2022.
- Westpac Banking Corporation, in its registered public offering of $1.35 billion 1.50% notes due 2017 and $650 million floating rate notes due 2017.
- Warner Music Group in a two–part refinancing transaction, including its offer and sale of $250 million 4.875% dollar-denominated senior secured notes due 2024 and an offering of €345 million 4.125% euro-denominated senior secured notes due 2024 and the retirement of $450 million of outstanding dollar-denominated senior notes and €157 million of euro-denominated senior notes.
- Warner Music Group in its $300 million offering of 5% senior secured notes due 2023.
Booz Allen Hamilton, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in the refinancing of its $1.58 billion term loan credit facility.
- Hertz in its $2.5 billion spin-off of its equipment and rental business.
- Gogo in its $525 million offering of 12.5% senior secured notes due 2022.
- Westpac Banking Corporation in its $1 billion offering of covered bonds and $3.75 billion offerings of fixed rate notes due 2018 and floating rate notes due 2020.
- Guardian Life Insurance in the establishment of its $3 billion global funding agreement-backed debt issuance program, including its inaugural offering of $500 million offering of funding agreement-backed fixed rate notes due 2021.
- Getty Images in multiple capital-raising initiatives to complement its existing debt structure and in exploring related balance sheet alternatives with respect to its approximately $2.3 billion in funded debt.
- Spirit Airlines in its $576.6 million offering of EETCs secured by 15 Airbus aircraft, which was Spirit Airlines’ inaugural EETC offering.
- Gogo in the private offering of $362 million of its 3.75% convertible senior notes due 2020 and in privately negotiated forward stock purchase transactions of $140 million.
- Corporate Risk Holdings (f.k.a. Altegrity), a global, diversified risk and information services company, together with its operating businesses Kroll, HireRight and USIS, in their pre-negotiated Chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, in which they restructured more than $1.8 billion in indebtedness. This restructuring was honored by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of ten “Successful Restructurings 2015.”
- Gogo in its $187 million initial public offering of common stock.
- Booz Allen Hamilton and The Carlyle Group in several transactions through which approximately $2 billion of Booz Allen Hamilton common stock was sold to the public by Carlyle.
- Warner Music Group in its $765 million acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group (PLG) from Universal Music Group. (the sale of PLG was required by the European Commission as a condition to its approval of Universal acquiring sole control of the activities of EMI).
- Warner Music Group in its offering of $500 million of 6.000% senior secured notes due 2021 and €175 million of 6.250% senior secured notes due 2021 and related refinancing transactions.
- The Carlyle Group in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Getty Images.
- The Carlyle Group in several transactions through which it sold its remaining $548 million ownership interest in Triumph Group.
- BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo as joint book-running managers in the $600 million offering by CIGNA Corporation of 4.500% senior notes due 2021 and 5.875% senior notes due 2041.
- Access Industries in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group.
- Access Industries in certain matters relating to its ownership interest in LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
RSC Equipment Rental in its $650 million offering of 8¼% senior notes due 2021.
- Booz Allen Hamilton, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in its $238 million initial public offering.
- Westpac Banking Corporation in the establishment of a U.S. registered retail medium-term notes program and subsequent offerings.
- Miller Buckfire as dealer manager in several debt restructurings, including Keystone Automotive’s 2011 debt-for-equity exchange offer and consent solicitation.
- Rothschild and Moelis & Company as dealer managers in YRC Worldwide’s 2009 debt-for-equity exchange offers and consent solicitations.
- RSC Equipment Rental, Inc. in several offerings, including its $200 million offering of 10¼% Senior Notes due 2019 and $400 million 10% Senior Secured Notes due 2017.
- Citi, J.P. Morgan and UBS Investment Bank as underwriters in Cigna Corporation’s $300 million offering of senior notes.
- Columbia Law School, 1996, J.D.
- Colgate University, 1993, B.A.
- New York
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