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Nicholas A. Dorsey

Partner, Corporate

Nicholas A. Dorsey focuses his practice on representing corporate issuers and borrowers, and financial institutions, lenders and other parties, in public and private offerings of securities, loan transactions and other financing transactions. He also represents companies in mergers and acquisitions and regularly advises clients in connection with public disclosure and corporate matters. Clients regularly seek Mr. Dorsey’s counsel for the practical, commercial advice he offers with respect to their most challenging matters.

In addition to traditional capital markets offerings and banking transactions, Mr. Dorsey’s financing practice includes advising on liability management transactions and asset financings and securitizations. He has extensive cross‑border experience and counts multiple international companies among his diverse client base.

Notable work highlights include:

  • Debt offerings for companies such as Beacon Roofing Supply, Chemours, Corteva, Credit Acceptance, Credit Suisse, Disney, Expedia, Graham Holdings, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, HP, Navistar, Occidental Petroleum, Parker‑Hannifin, PG&E and Sherwin‑Williams
  • Equity offerings for companies such as Akorn, Beacon Roofing Supply, Costamare, PG&E, PNC and SciPlay
  • Accounts-receivable financings, securitizations and other structured financings for companies such as Corteva, Crown Castle, Drug Royalty, INEOS, Martin Marietta, Mylan, Olin, RedHill Biopharma and US Foods
  • Representing PG&E in its tri-tranche offering, which represents the largest utility public equity offering in history, as well as in the arrangement of its Debtor‑in‑Possession (“DIP”) financing and other advisory matters relating to its Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Representing Linde in its merger of equals with Praxair
  • Representing Technicolor in the sale of its Patent Licensing business and Research & Innovation activity to InterDigital
  • Representing INEOS in the acquisition of Cristal’s North American titanium dioxide business from Tronox

Mr. Dorsey has been recognized for his work in capital markets by The Legal 500 US and IFLR1000. He was named a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2019, recognizing him as one of five outstanding capital markets lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. Mr. Dorsey has also been recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions by IFLR1000.

Mr. Dorsey is a frequent speaker and author on a range of finance topics. He recently authored a chapter on the U.S. acquisition finance market in the 2019 edition of Chambers’ Acquisition Finance Guide.

Mr. Dorsey was born in Canton, Ohio. He received a B.S. and M.Acc summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 2006 and a J.D. summa cum laude from Cornell in 2009, where he was a Notes Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Dorsey joined Cravath in 2009 and was elected a partner in 2017. He worked in the Firm’s London office from 2011 to 2013 and is currently based in the Firm’s New York office.

Mr. Dorsey is admitted only in New York.

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