Howard A. Kenny focuses on capital market offerings of all kinds, public company disclosure and governance, and various business transactions, including public company
M&A. He counsels clients in a wide variety of industries, including media, retail, financial services, and food. He assists clients in IPOs, follow-on and secondary stock offerings, public and 144A note offerings, tender and exchange offers, and acquisitions and sales of businesses.
Howard has represented a large number of public and private companies, both US and foreign, in connection with debt offerings of all types, including high-yield debt, convertible debt, and commercial paper.
He also acts as securities disclosure and corporate governance counsel to publicly traded companies. In addition, he advises non-US companies on securities regulation and stock exchange listings in the United States.
Cantor Fitzgerald – senior notes (2019, 2015 and 2010)
Newmark Group – senior notes (2019)
Hostess Brands – secondary common stock offerings (2019 and 2017)
Boot Barn – secondary common stock offerings (2018)
The Ford Foundation – senior notes (2017)
Cooke Omega – high yield notes (2017)
Rexnord Corporation – high yield notes (2017) and mandatory convertible preferred stock (2016)
Tempur Sealy International – high yield notes (2016)
BrightSphere Investment Group – senior notes (2016)
Convertible note offerings by issuers in the life sciences industry (2016, 2013)
Sprouts Farmers Market – IPO (2013) and secondary common stock offerings (2013–2015)
High yield note offerings by CKE Restaurants and Claire’s Stores (portfolio companies of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management) (2010-2013)
The New York Times Company – private placement of notes and warrants to affiliates of Carlos Slim Helù (2009); high yield notes (2010)
Pearson plc – offerings of more than $4.0 billion of senior notes from 2001
Jefferies Group – offerings of more than $5.5 billion of senior notes, convertible notes and common stock from 2002
Private placements of senior notes to insurance company investors by client in the food industry (2011-2019)
Smart & Final – 2019 acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management
Dr Pepper Snapple Group – 2018 combination with Keurig Green Mountain
Hostess Brands – 2016 combination with Gores Holdings
The Fresh Market – 2016 acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management
The New York Times Company’s purchases and sales of various newspaper, broadcast, internet, and other properties, including, the 2017 sale of its interest in Donohue Malbaie, the 2013 sale of The Boston Globe, the 2012 sales of its Regional Media Group and About Group and its equity investment in the Boston Red Sox
Leading European food company’s establishment of its manufacturing and distribution operations in the United States
Sponsored ADR programs for several European issuers
Ongoing pro bono representation of The Veterans of the Seventh Regiment of New York, and Calvert Impact Capital, Inc.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1984, J.D.
Yale University, 1981, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2021)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Listed, BTI Client Service All-Stars (2017)
Noted in The Legal 500 US for Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, Equity Offerings (2014, 2016)