David Johansen

Partner, New York



David Johansen is a member of the Capital Markets Practice and he focuses on securities offerings, SEC filings, public mergers, corporate governance and stock exchange listings.

He regularly works as part of large, international teams to leverage the Firm's broad, cross-border experience. His multinational clients' operations and interests span the United States, Europe and Asia, and his work is often complex. Clients who benefit from David's knowledge and experience include US and non-US issuers and underwriters. He has developed long-term relationships with a number of these clients — including Hess Corporation, Newmont Mining, Qatar Investment Authority, Rain Carbon, Fortis, GSO and Deutsche Bank.

A noted capital markets lawyer, David provides counsel on US and international securities offerings, including registered public offerings, US offerings under Rule 144A, private placements and offerings outside the United States under Regulation S. He also assists issuers in the filing of shelf registration statements.

In other securities law work, David advises public companies with respect to their ongoing disclosure obligations under the US federal securities laws and compliance with the rules of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. He also regularly works with issuers on corporate governance issues.

In addition, David has a strong track record working on restructurings and business acquisitions, including cross-border public tender offers, exchange offers and mergers. He assists with liability management transactions, including debt tenders, consent solicitations and open market purchases.

Recognized within the industry as an authority on capital markets matters, David's opinion is frequently sought by the media regarding companies' issues with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Johns Hopkins University


Representation of Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM), in its announced agreement to acquire Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) in a stock-for-stock transaction that values Goldcorp's equity at approximately US$10 billion.

Representation of Fortis Inc., Canada's largest publicly owned distribution utility, in its US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions. In connection with this stock-for-stock acquisition, Fortis became a NYSE listed company.

Representation of Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company, on SEC-registered offerings of common stock and depositary shares, the latter representing interests in convertible preferred stock of the company, in aggregate value of approximately US$1.8 billion.

Representation of Prague-based Avast Software, one of the world's major players in the security software market, in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), a developer of business, mobile and PC device security software applications;

Representation of Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company engaged in exploration and production, in an SEC-registered public offering of US$1.25 billion notes and its tender offer;

Representation of a group of banks and private equity funds, including affiliates of Canyon Partners, LLC, Centerbridge Partners, L.P., and Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, who were supporting holders in connection with the rehabilitation of the segregated account of Ambac Assurance Corporation (AAC), a Wisconsin stock insurance corporation and a subsidiary of Ambac Financial Group, Inc., which resulted in the restructuring of approximately US$5.1 billion of debt; and

Representation of an ad hoc group of holders of secured debt of Concordia International Corp. in its corporate restructuring.