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John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

222 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60601

+1 (312) 609 7605

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John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

John T. Blatchford is Co-Chair of the Securities and Capital Markets Group and a Shareholder in the Corporate practice area in the firm’s Chicago office.

He has represented issuers and underwriters in a broad range of registered and unregistered capital markets and other financing transactions, including securitization and structured finance transactions, initial public offerings, high yield bond offerings, convertible notes offerings, term loan and revolving credit agreements (cash flow and ABL) and early round financings for emerging and start-up companies. Mr. Blatchford also represents companies in acquisition and divestiture transactions and provides general corporate advice on a wide variety of issues, including periodic reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, shareholder and board of directors meetings, corporate governance, and the creation and implementation of corporate compliance programs. He also has extensive experience in privatization and other cross-border transactions in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Blatchford has been named to the BTI Client Service All-Stars, an annual list published by BTI Consulting Group that recognizes attorneys who “impress corporate counsel with a keen understanding of business issues, thought-leading approaches to legal services and total commitment to client needs.” In addition, Mr. Blatchford was selected by his peers from 2013 to 2016 and 2018 to 2021 as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate Finance, Secured Transactions, and Securities & Venture Finance.

John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1987

John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1991
  • Illinois, 2002

Affiliations

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

John T. Blatchford

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Group

Experience

Recent Representative Experience

 

  • Represented Air Canada in a Rule 144A offering of $747.5 million of Convertible Senior Notes due 2025
  • Represented ACCO Brands Corporation in a Rule 144A offering of $575 million of Senior Unsecured Notes due 2029
  • Represented Century Aluminum Company in a Rule 144A offering of $250 million of Senior Secured Notes due 2029 and a concurrent Rule 144A offering $86.25 million of 2.75% Senior Convertible notes due 2028
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of EXFO Inc. in the “going private” sale of the company to its controlling stockholder
  • Represented Ace Hardware Corporation in the acquisition of The Daily Grommet
  • Represented Calamos Asset Management Inc. in the “going private” sale of the company to its founder and controlling stockholder
  • Represented Wilo USA LLC, a subsidiary of Wilo SE, in the acquisition of the operating assets of QuantumFlo, Inc.
  • Represented Air Canada in approximately 10 transactions since May 2020 raising combined gross proceeds in excess of $12 billion, including term loan credit facilities, revolving credit facilities, secured and unsecured notes offerings, common stock offerings, and enhanced equipment trust certificate transactions secured by fleet aircraft