Mr. Branch is described as “a consummate professional” who is “supremely qualified in terms of knowledge and experience” and has “the judgment and calm required to handle stressful and difficult situations.”

The National Law Journal, 40 Under 40

Roderick O. Branch

Chicago | New York
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA
 
 

Mr. Branch's practice focuses on capital markets transactions and securities regulation, with a particular interest in securities offerings by non-US issuers. He has extensive experience in securities financings in public and private markets, and has represented public- and private-sector companies, investment banks and sovereign governments in global capital markets transactions.

Since 2001, Mr. Branch has practiced in New York, Paris and Chicago. He is a native of Mexico City, and is fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Italian.

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Mexico’s Energy Reform: What you Need to Know,” moderator, Houston, Texas, February 27, 2014 
  • SEC Conference 2013: An Accounting & Reporting Update for Public Companies, “SEC Hot Buttons,” moderator, Center for Professional Education, New York, New York, December 16, 2013
  • Capital Raising and Deal Making in Mexico, "US Offerings by Latin American Issuers: the JOBS Act and Other New Opportunities," Mexico City, Mexico, June 27, 2013
  • From Red Herring to Green Shoe – The Path to a Successful IPO, “All About the Numbers – Top Accounting Issues Faced by IPO Companies,” moderator, Chicago, Illinois, January 29, 2013
  • Dealmaking in Latin America, “Keynote Panel Discussion: JOBS Act and its Impact on Latin America,” Bogotá, Colombia, November 28, 2012
  • SEC Conference 2012: An Accounting & Reporting Update for Public Companies, “SEC Hot Buttons,” moderator, “MD&A: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” moderator, Center for Professional Education, Chicago, Illinois, August 20, 2012
  • SEC Conference 2011: An Accounting & Reporting Update for Public Companies, “SEC Hot Buttons,” moderator, Center for Professional Education, Chicago, Illinois, August 22, 2011

 

In recent transactions, Mr. Branch has advised:

  • J.P. Morgan, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in a US$1.4 billion private placement of debt securities by VTR Finance, the parent of Chile’s largest provider of broadband internet services in its footprint and the second-largest provider of fixed-line telephony services nationwide, which was Chile’s largest debt offering and tied as Latin America’s largest high yield offering in the thirteen months ended January 31, 2014 
  • Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico and the first energy company to list shares on the Mexican Stock Exchange, in its US$598 million global initial public offering, including a private placement of the shares in the US and outside Mexico
  • Goldman Sachs in a US$200 million private placement of debt securities by Nielsen Business Media/Emerald Expositions, part of the US$983 million in sources raised in connection with Nielsen Business Media's leveraged buyout by Onex Corporation
  • Goldman Sachs in a US$900 million private placement of debt securities by Tronox Limited, a global producer of mineral sands and titanium dioxide
  • TransUnion in its US$3.0 billion leveraged buyout by affiliates of Advent International and GS Capital Partners, including change of control commitments for US$645 million of debt securities, a related consent solicitation and an additional offering of US$600 million of debt securities
  • J.P. Morgan in a US$400 million private placement of debt securities by Endo Pharmaceuticals, part of the US$1.3 billion in sources raised in connection with Endo’s acquisition of Qualitest, a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals
  • TransUnion in its US$645 million private placement of debt securities, part of the US$1.8 billion financing raised in connection with TransUnion’s leveraged buyout by Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Hyatt Hotels in offerings of US$1.0 billion of debt securities
  • Hyatt Hotels in its US$1.1 billion initial public offering, the second-largest initial public offering by a US issuer in 2009 by proceeds
  • Georgia-Pacific in private placements of US$3.25 billion of debt securities, part of Georgia-Pacific’s liability management efforts following its US$13.2 billion leveraged buyout