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Johnny G. Skumpija

Partner, Corporate

Johnny G. Skumpija is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing issuers and investment banks in public and private offerings of securities, as well as representing companies in mergers and acquisitions. In addition to traditional capital markets offerings, Mr. Skumpija’s practice includes advising on equity and debt tender offers, convertible offerings and other liability management transactions.

Mr. Skumpija’s corporate clients have included Cox Communications, Crown Castle, Fortress Transportation & Infrastructure Investors, Mylan, Nestlé, Northrop Grumman and Time Warner. His financial institution clients have included Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Lazard and Wells Fargo.

Mr. Skumpija has extensive experience across many industry sectors, including significant depth in telecommunications. Notable matters include:

Equity

  • IPOs for Boot Barn, Ferrari, Replimune, Schneider National and WhiteWave Foods
  • Representing Crown Castle in numerous equity offerings, including its $1.65 billion registered mandatory convertible preferred stock offering and its concurrent $3.85 billion common stock offering to fund its acquisition of Lightower (at the time of the offerings, these two deals combined were the largest REIT offering in history, one of the top five largest acquisition-related equity offerings and the tenth largest concurrent equity offerings of any type)
  • Other equity offerings for Boot Barn, Centene, Comtech Telecommunications, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Fortress Transportation & Infrastructure Investors, The Marcus Corporation, Mylan, NCR, New Senior Investment Group, TRW Automotive and WhiteWave Foods

Debt

  • Investment grade debt offerings for Cox Communications, Crown Castle, Freeport-McMoRan, Lazard, Mylan, Nestlé, Northrop Grumman, Time Warner and TRW Automotive
  • Representing the underwriters in an aggregate of over $6 billion high‑yield senior debt offerings of United Rentals, including the $1.1 billion registered high‑yield senior notes offering used to finance a portion of United Rentals’ acquisition of BlueLine Rental
  • Representing the underwriters in the $1.2 billion and $500 million registered high-yield senior debt offerings of Centene, the initial purchasers in the $1.8 billion 144A/Reg. S high-yield senior notes offering of Centene to finance the acquisition of Fidelis Care, and the initial purchasers in the $2.4 billion 144A/Reg. S high‑yield senior debt offering of Centene to finance the acquisition of Health Net
  • Other high-yield debt offerings for Allegion, American Axle & Manufacturing, Chesapeake Energy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Fortress Transportation & Infrastructure Investors, J.B. Poindexter, NCR, RJS Power and TRW Automotive

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representing Fortress Investment Group in Nationstar Mortgage’s merger with WMIH, and in the sale by Fortress of its remaining 40.5% equity interest in OneMain Holdings to an investor group led by Apollo Global Management and Värde Partners
  • Representing Eurazeo in its majority investment in WorldStrides
  • Representing Crown Castle in its $7.1 billion acquisition of Lightower, its $9.1 billion (including purchase options) acquisition of the rights to approximately 9,700 AT&T towers, and its $4.8 billion (including purchase options) acquisition of the rights to approximately 7,100 T‑Mobile towers, among other transactions
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in its $19.7 billion acquisition of Synthes and its €1.75 billion acquisition of Crucell
  • Representing the special committee of the J.Crew board of directors in the $3 billion leveraged buyout of J.Crew by TPG and Leonard Green
  • Representing EMBARQ in its $11.9 billion merger with CenturyTel

Mr. Skumpija has been repeatedly recognized for his work in the capital markets arena (including debt and equity) by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2019, The Legal 500 from 2013 through 2019 and IFLR1000 from 2014 through 2019. In 2016, he was named a “Rising Star” by Law360, recognizing him as one of five outstanding capital markets lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. From 2017 through 2019, he was named a “Next Generation Lawyer” in capital markets by The Legal 500. In 2018 and 2019, Mr. Skumpija was selected to serve as a member of Law360’s Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board. The Financial Times featured his financing work on behalf of Crown Castle and RJS Power Holdings among the most innovative deals of the year in its FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2014 report. Mr. Skumpija has also been recognized by The Legal 500 for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry in 2014 and 2017 and was named a “Next Generation Lawyer” in 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Skumpija was born in Queens, New York. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from New York University in 2002 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, where he was the Editor‑in‑Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Skumpija joined Cravath in 2005 and became a partner in 2013.

Mr. Skumpija may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1824 or by email at jskumpija@cravath.com.

Mr. Skumpija is admitted only in New York.

Contact
+1 (212) 474-1824
+1 (212) 474-3700