Jeffrey D. Karpf’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions and matters.
He represents issuers, sponsors, and investment banks in IPOs, public and private equity, debt, convertibles, and liability management transactions. Jeff also advises on securities regulatory and corporate governance matters, including board structure and practices. He also has extensive experience in the development of new financial instruments and structured equity derivatives products.
Jeff joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2003.
Initial Public Offerings
Has advised in numerous IPOs, including those of Pinterest, Tradeweb, Cushman & Wakefield, LINE, Santander Consumer USA, RigNet, Primerica, rue21, Lumber Liquidators, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, J.Crew Group, Williams Scotsman International, and Travelers Property Casualty. Also acted as counsel in the dual-track IPO and sale process for Bausch & Lomb, Biomet, OneMain, Petco, Triton Container, and United Guaranty.
Allergan in its $30 billion bond/equity offerings, the largest ever acquisition financing and second-largest bond offering in history.
Citigroup in numerous matters, including nearly 200 debt offerings since December 2008 valued at more than $1 trillion. He has also acted as counsel to Citigroup for its $20 billion TARP repayment agreement and termination of the loss-sharing agreement with the U.S. government, including a $17 billion offering of common stock and a $3.5 billion offering of tangible equity units. Jeff was named The American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Week” for the TARP repayment and related equity offerings.
The underwriters in a series of transactions that enabled AIG to re-access the capital markets. The firm’s role in this matter was distinguished as a standout for finance by the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report in 2011. Jeff also represented the underwriters in the $20.7 billion offering of AIG common stock by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the largest secondary equity offering in U.S. history.
Represents numerous issuers on securities offering, disclosure, and corporate governance matters, including Allergan, Citigroup, Cushman & Wakefield, Google/Alphabet, International Seaways, JELD-WEN, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Pinterest, Verizon, and Whirlpool.
Designated underwriters counsel for numerous issuers, including AIG, Asian Development Bank, Citigroup Global Markets, Zions Bancorporation, Hershey, Southern California Edison, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
“Quarterly Reporting – What’s Next?” (December 21, 2018)
“SEC Proposes to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure Requirements for Public Companies,” (October 16, 2017)
“Independent Directors - Will You Know Them When You See Them?” Who’s Who Legal Corporate Governance (June 2013) (with Jeffrey Karpf and Laura Palmer)
- Co-chair of PLI’s Annual Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
- January 23, 2018
45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute
- August 04, 2016
The Conference Board’s Governance Watch: Investor Tactics and Other Highlights from the 2016 Proxy Season
- June 14, 2012
The Conference Board’s Annual Directors’ Roundtable