Paul M. Rodel is a corporate partner and a member of Debevoise’s Capital Markets, Banking, Private Equity and Latin America Groups. He represents U.S., Latin American and European companies in the financial services, energy, banking and media industries in registered, private and offshore capital markets transactions.
Mr. Rodel is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2018) for Capital Markets, where clients note him as “responsive” and “knowledgeable.” Chambers Global (2014–2015) ranks Mr. Rodel as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets, where clients state that he “stands out for his technical knowledge and availability.”
He is also recommended as a “Recognized Practitioner” in Latin America (2014–2015). In addition, Latin Lawyer (2015–2016) recommends Mr. Rodel as a leading Capital Markets lawyer in Latin America.
Mr. Rodel is a frequent speaker and author on securities regulation and corporate governance issues, including recently on the disclosure and reporting approaches taken by companies affected by cybersecurity events, multijurisdictional disclosure requirements with regard to environmental and climate change issues, the impact of proxy advisors on corporate governance, recent developments in insider trading, current trends in cross-border tender offers, recent developments in growth company initial public offerings, regulation of conflicts of interest in analyst research, as well as key disclosure issues for banking organizations.
Mr. Rodel serves on the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Securities Law Committee as Senior Vice Chair. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
Mr. Rodel joined Debevoise in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Tulane University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1992 (studies with distinction at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1990–1991) and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1996, where he was a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
Mr. Rodel began his career in the New York and Frankfurt offices of a leading international law firm and worked in the New York and Geneva offices of the management consultancy McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Rodel speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, French and German.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and TRANZACT in the $1.2 billion sale of TRANZACT to Willis Towers Watson.
- Antares Holdings LP, a leading provider of lending solutions to private equity sponsor-backed middle-market companies, in the placement of $280 million of senior unsecured notes.
- Ply Gem and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing aspects of Ply Gem’s $5.5 billion stock-for-stock combination with NCI Building Systems.
- AXA and AXA Equitable Holdings on the initial public offering of AXA Equitable Holdings on the New York Stock Exchange for approximately $4 billion, and AXA Equitable Holdings in its offering and sale of $3.8 billion of senior notes.
- Atkore International, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company, in its $258.75 million secondary offering of common stock.
- Capital International in the IPO of BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes SA, which holds the Burger King master franchise in Brazil.
- Barclays Capital as underwriter for RenaissanceRe’s 2017 SEC-registered notes offering.
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing aspects of its acquisition of a majority interest in American Greetings.
- American International Group in its $5.56 billion acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
- Brand Industrial Services (formerly Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services), a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in its $300 million tack-on offering of senior unsecured notes.
- International Paper in the $1.8 billion combination of its North America Consumer Packaging business with Graphic Packaging.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and HD Supply Waterworks in a $500 million offering of senior unsecured notes in connection with CD&R’s acquisition of HD Supply’s Waterworks Division, the largest distributor of waterworks products in the U.S.
- Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in its $700 million offering of senior unsecured notes in connection with the combination of Brand Energy and Safway Group.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its $2.5 billion acquisition of HD Supply’s Waterworks Division, the largest distributor of waterworks products in the U.S.
- High Ridge Brands, a leading personal care consumer products company and a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in its $250 million offering of 8.875% senior notes due 2025.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services in the merger of Brand Energy and Safway Group, forming the leading global industrial service business with over $5 billion in revenue.
- Atkore International, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company, in its $192 million initial public offering and in secondary offerings totaling more than $400 million.
- Globo in an offering of $200 million of senior secured exchangeable notes of Pontis IV mandatorily exchangeable for 5.125% senior notes due 2025 of Globo.
- High Ridge Brands, a leading personal care consumer products company and a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in the financing aspects of its acquisition of Dr. Fresh.
- Activision Blizzard in the financing aspects of its $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital.
Discovery Communications in its $195 million investment in Lions Gate Entertainment.
- Westfield in the transfer of Westfield Carlsbad, a 1.1 million square foot super regional enclosed mall located in Carlsbad, CA, to Rouse Properties.
- American Seafoods, the largest harvester of wild-caught fish for human consumption in the United States, in capital markets matters relating to its completed deleveraging recapitalization.
- Globo in an offering of $325 million of senior secured exchangeable notes of Pontis III mandatorily exchangeable for 4.843% senior notes due 2025 of Globo.
- Standard General as selling stockholder of Media General in a $122 million secondary offering of voting common stock.
- SVB Financial Group in bank regulatory matters related to its $350 million offering of 3.5% senior notes due 2025.
- Nexstim Plc in U.S. law aspects of its initial public offering and listing on Nasdaq First North Finland and Sweden as well as ongoing U.S. securities matters.
- Citizens Financial Group in structuring its corporate governance charters, policies and frameworks to comply with bank regulatory and listed company governance requirements in preparation for its $3.4 billion initial public offering.
- Standard General in securities law matters related to various investments, including its acquisition of RadioShack’s asset based credit facility and its investment in clothing manufacturer and distributor American Apparel.
- TPG Capital and Coors Family Trusts as selling shareholders in the $456.2 million secondary offering of common stock by Graphic Packaging.
- Former Shareholders of New Young Broadcasting in the $63.3 million secondary offering by Media General.
- Warner Music Group in its offering of $275 million of senior secured notes and $660 million of senior notes.
- American Airlines in various offerings of enhanced equipment trust certificates (series A, B and C), totaling $2.2 billion.
- American Airlines in its tender offers to purchase for cash various series of its pass through certificates and secured notes due 2016.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in a senior notes offering to finance the acquisitions of Brand Energy and Harsco Infrastructure in a combined transaction valued at $2.5 billion.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Atkore International in Atkore’s refinancing of existing bond debt and simultaneous equity repurchase by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
- J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as placement agent for an offering of senior notes secured by a pledge of an installment note supported by an irrevocable letter of credit and other assets of the underlying issuer.
- TPG Capital, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and other investment funds as selling stockholders in a series of secondary block trades, including simultaneous issuer stock repurchases.
- New Young Broadcasting in its merger with Media General to combine the two local broadcast television and digital media companies as well as the former shareholders of New Young Broadcasting in secondary registered offerings of shares of Media General.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing aspects of its $1.05 billion acquisition of a majority ownership stake in Wilsonart International Holdings, the decorative surfaces unit of Illinois Tool Works.
- Providence Equity Partners in the going private acquisition of SRA International, a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to U.S. government organizations, and the related high-yield note offering.
- Columbia Law School, 1996, J.D.
- Tulane University, 1992, B.A.
- New York
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