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John D. Sigel

Partner

Sigel, John

John Sigel has extensive experience representing borrowers and issuers in a wide range of debt financing transactions, including secured and unsecured financings, leveraged buyouts and acquisition financings, bridge loans, first-lien, second-lien, mezzanine and other subordinated debt, working capital facilities, drug royalty financings and receivable securitizations. He joined the firm in 1980.

Over the last year, Mr. Sigel:

  • Advised clients in the negotiation, amendment and extension of credit facilities aggregating more than $11.0 billion
  • Advised issuers in the issuance of more than $1.0 billion in registered and Rule 144A note offerings and private note placements over the last year
  • Represented manufacturing and financial services clients in the securitization of accounts receivable
  • Represented a major financial institution in the shelf filing of its senior and subordinated debt instruments and the issuance of $1.0 billion in senior notes

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring field in every edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business since 2003 
  • Listed as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Finance: Bankruptcy: Northeast in the 2009 edition of The Legal 500 United States
  • Inducted as a 2005 Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner of bankruptcy and commercial law in the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, 6th Edition
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995 in the area of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in every issue of Boston Magazine since 2004

Publications & News

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July 11, 2017

Staples, Inc. Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 per Share in Cash, or Approximately $6.9 Billion

Staples, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement in which investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples in a transaction that values Staples at an equity value of approximately $6.9 billion.

July 7, 2017

MKS Instruments Successfully Completes Third Repricing of Secured Term Loan

On July 6, 2017, MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announced the third successful repricing of its existing secured term loan.

July 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents WEX Inc. in Successful Term Loan Repricing

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, announced a successful repricing of the secured term loans under its existing credit facility.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 26, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Medtronic in Senior Notes Offering

On March 28, 2017, Medtronic plc's wholly owned subsidiaries, Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A., issued an aggregate principal amount of $2 billion of senior notes in concurrent SEC-registered underwritten public offerings.

April 24, 2017

Eaton Vance Corp. Completes Senior Notes Offering

Eaton Vance Corp. closed a public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.500% notes due April 6, 2027. The public offering was made pursuant to an effective registration statement on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

March 30, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Curis in $45M Debt Transaction with HealthCare Royalty Partners

Curis, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and effective drug candidates for the treatment of human cancers, announced a $45 million debt transaction with HealthCare Royalty Partners.

January 11, 2017

ConforMIS Inc. Secures $50M in Debt Financing From Oxford Finance

The WilmerHale deal team representing CFMS includes Partner John Sigel, Special Counsel Jamie Class and Senior Associate Lina Jun.

December 23, 2016

WilmerHale Represents PerkinElmer in Selling Medical Imaging Business

PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, announced its intent to sell its Medical Imaging business, a supplier of flat panel X-ray detectors that serve as components for industrial, medical and dental X-ray imaging systems, to Varian Medical Systems.

September 13, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Thermo Fisher Scientific in €1.6B Eurobond Public Offering

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced the completion of its public offering of €1 billion aggregate principal amount of 0.750% Senior Notes due 2024 and €600 million aggregate principal amount of 1.375% Senior Notes due 2028 at the issue prices of 99.122% of the principal amount and 99.748% of the principal amount, respectively.

Professional Activities

Mr. Sigel is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He frequently lectures on issues concerning commercial law.

Mr. Sigel is the secretary of the Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust and a member of the board of overseers of the Marine Biological Laboratory.

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Education

JD, Cornell Law School, 1980, Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review

BA, Middlebury College, 1975

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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