Michael W. Benjamin

  • Partner
  • Emichael.benjamin@lw.com
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1311
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Profile

Michael Benjamin, Co-Chair of the Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group, represents issuers and investment banks in a broad range of public and private transactions.

Mr. Benjamin has built a leading capital markets practice spanning high yield and investment grade debt offerings, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, leveraged buyouts, cross-border securities offerings, and liability management transactions. Mr. Benjamin also advises US and international corporations on corporate governance and general corporate matters. He has worked on transactions in a range of industries, including healthcare, media and telecommunications, technology, mining and metals, general industrials, and consumer retail products.

 

Experience

Mr. Benjamin’s experience includes advising:

  • The underwriters on the IPO of DigitalOcean
  • Sizzling Platter in its offering of senior secured notes
  • Goldman Sachs as lead underwriter on the IPO of PetCo
  • Bank of America as lead underwriter in shares of common stock for Freshpet
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the block trade of common shares of Option Care Health
  • Represent Sycamore Partners in its loan to Express
  • Represent Sycamore Partners in the restructuring of its investment in Belk
  • Bank of America as lead initial purchaser on a senior secured notes offering for Park Hotels & Resorts
  • SunTrust as lead initial purchaser on a senior notes offering for Molina Healthcare
  • Bank of America as lead underwriter of proposed restructuring of J.Crew Group and MadeWell, a TPG company
  • Goldman Sachs on multiple financings for Big River Steel, a TPG company
  • Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners on multiple corporate transactions
  • Euro Garages on multiple acquisitions and related financings
  • Bandwidth.com on its convertible notes offering
  • Bank of America as lead initial purchaser on a convertible notes offering for Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Bank of America as lead initial purchaser on a convertible notes offering for American Eagle Outfitters
  • Carbon38 on multiple financings
  • Livefeather on several corporate transactions
  • Morgan Stanley as lead underwriter of a follow-on offering for SI-Bone
  • Morgan Stanley as lead initial purchaser on a senior secured notes offering for Nordstrom
  • Bank of America as lead underwriter on the IPO of CannTrust Holdings
  • Leggett and Platt on multiple financings for its acquisition of Elite Comfort Solutions, from Arsenal Capital Partners
  • Bank of America in connection with the IPO of YETI and in its 2019 follow-on offering
  • Bandwidth in connection with its IPO and follow-on offerings
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with the IPO of TFI TAB Food Investments (pending)
  • Bank of America in connection with the IPO of Torrid (pending)
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in connection with a senior notes offering
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with the IPO of SI-BONE
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with an offering of senior secured notes by Big River Steel
  • Bank of America and Citigroup Global Markets in connection with the issuance of senior notes by USI to fund its acquisition by KKR
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in connection with an offering of senior notes to fund its acquisition of AWAS
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with an offering of senior notes by Consolidated Energy Limited

Thought Leadership

  • US Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Leveraged Finance -  December 27, 2017

“Michael is an outstanding capital markets lawyer. He is intelligent, responsive, creative and highly personable. He is exactly what you look for when you need the best lawyer possible to execute a transaction.”

Chambers USA 2020
Bar Qualification
  • New York
Education
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales, Australia, 1998
    with merit
  • Bachelor of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia, 1997
Industries
  • Retail & Consumer Products
Practices
  • Capital Markets