Biography

​John T. Gaffney is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn’s Energy and Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Groups.  He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and capital markets transactions.  Mr. Gaffney also advises boards of directors and special committees in corporate governance matters.  Mr. Gaffney has considerable transactional experience advising domestic and international clients across numerous industries, including significant depth in the media, telecom, renewable energy and shipping industries.

Mr. Gaffney has been ranked as a leading corporate lawyer (Band 1) in Media & Entertainment by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is described as “a dedicated and detailed lawyer,” “excellent, particularly on M&A issues” and “an eminently sensible dealmaker.”  He has been recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in Capital Markets as a leading practitioner in domestic and international capital markets transactions and by The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law. Mr. Gaffney was also named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, Mr. Gaffney was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  During his 22 years at Cravath, Mr. Gaffney’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters.  In 2008, Mr. Gaffney left Cravath to join his client, First Solar, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and led the legal, corporate development and worldwide government affairs functions.  In 2010, Mr. Gaffney joined Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel and led the legal, corporate development, worldwide government affairs and business development-emerging markets functions.

Mr. Gaffney earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from New York University in 1986.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in 1982, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Representative Transactions*

Selected Mergers and Acquisitions Experience

  • Evercore Partners, Inc.:  Represented Evercore Partners as financial advisor to Knight Transportation in connection with its merger with Swift Transportation.
  • GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited:  Represented GCL-Poly in its acquisition of the Solar Materials division of SunEdison.
  • Xiphos Bio LLC:  Represented Xiphos Bio in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in LAM Therapeutics, Inc., a developer of drugs for the treatment of rare diseases and cancer. 
  • Evercore Partners, Inc.:  Represented Evercore Partners as financial advisor to General Maritime Corporation, an owner of crude tankers, in connection with GMC’s merger of equals transaction with Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time Inc. in connection with its acquisition of American Express Co.’s publishing arm, which includes titles such as Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure.
  • Steinway Musical Instruments:  Represented Steinway in connection with its $512 million sale to Paulson & Co.
  • Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:  Represented Fender Musical Instruments in connection with the strategic investment by TPG Growth and Servco-Pacific.
  • Time Warner Inc.:  Represented Time Warner in connection with the $1.225 billion sale of its 50% interest in Comedy Central to Viacom, Inc.
  • Time Warner Inc.:  Represented Time Warner in connection with the $537.5 million sale of its Time Warner Book Group to Lagardère SCA.
  • Time Warner Inc.:  Represented Time Warner in connection with its $735 million acquisition of Liberty Media Corporation’s 50% interest in Court TV.
  • Time Warner Inc. and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.:  Represented Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System in connection with the sale of the Atlanta Braves (MLB Franchise) to Liberty Media Corporation.
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.:  Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with its sale of the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL Franchise) and the Atlanta Hawks (NBA Franchise) to Atlanta Spirit LLC.
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.:  Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with the sale of its Turner South regional sports and entertainment network to Fox Cable Networks.
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.:  Represented Turner Broadcasting System in connection with its acquisition of certain multichannel networks in Latin America from Claxson Interactive Group Inc.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with its $1.6 billion acquisition of IPC Magazines.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with the sale of its 50% interest in its Book-of-the-Month Club business to Bertelsmann AG.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with the sale of its Time4Media Group and its Parenting Group to Bonnier AB.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with its acquisition of Grupo Editorial Expansion.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with its investment in the FanNation.com business.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with the sale of its Time-Life direct marketing music and video business to a joint venture of Ripplewood Holdings and ZelnickMedia.
  • Time Inc.:  Represented Time in connection with its acquisition of Metros Cubicos, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico).
  • Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc.:  Represented Book-of-the-Month Club in connection with the sale of certain assets related to Book Club Operations to Doubleday Canada, Ltd.
  • Time Warner Cable Inc.:  Represented Time Warner Cable in connection with its joint venture with Comcast Corporation and the owners of the New York Mets to create SNY, a regional sports television network.
  • Time Warner Cable Inc.:  Represented Time Warner Cable in connection with its acquisition of Urban Cable Works.
  • Creo Inc.:  Represented Creo in connection with is $1 billion acquisition by Eastman Kodak Company.
  • Rogers Communications Inc.:  Represented Rogers Communications in connection with its $1.5 billion purchase of a 34.2% equity interest in Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. from AT&T Wireless.
  • Rogers Wireless Communications Inc.:  Represented Rogers Wireless Communications in connection with its $963 million acquisition of Microcell Telecommunications Inc.
  • Rogers Communications Inc.:  Represented Rogers Communications in connection with its $390 million acquisition of Call-Net Enterprises Inc.
  • Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.:  Represented Overseas Shipholding Group in connection with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Stelmar Shipping Ltd.
  • Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.:  Represented Overseas Shipholding Group in connection with its $455 million acquisition of Maritrans Inc.
  • First Solar, Inc.:  Represented First Solar in its acquisition of Turner Renewables Inc.
  • PSEG:  Represented PSEG in the $685 million sale of its 50% ownership interest in the Chilean electric distributor Chilquinta Energía S.A. and its 38% ownership interest in the Peruvian electric distributor Luz del Sur S.A.A.
  • Ballard Power Systems:  Represented Ballard Power Systems in connection with its $348 million acquisition of DaimlerChrysler AG’s and Ford Co.’s stakes in two fuel-cell companies, Xcellsis GmbH and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems LLC.
  • Ballard Material Products, Inc.:  Represented Ballard Material Products in connection with its acquisition of the material carbon business of Textron Systems Corporation.
  • Cytec Industries Inc.:  Represented Cytec Industries in connection with the sale of its Paper Chemicals Retention and Drainage Aids business and its Fixative Products business to Ciba Specialty Chemicals.
  • Cytec Industries Inc.:  Represented Cytec Industries in connection with the sale of its Paper Chemicals Sizing and Strengths business to Bayer Corporation.

Selected Capital Markets Experience

Initial Public Offerings

  • SolarEdge Technologies:  Represented SolarEdge Technologies in connection with its $126 million initial public offering of common stock.
  • Alcon Inc. and Nestlé:  Represented Alcon and Nestlé as selling shareholder in connection with the $2.5 billion initial public offering and equity carve-out of Alcon, the largest eye-care company in the world.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley) in connection with the $1 billion initial public offering of Class A common stock of Warner Chilcott Limited, a leading specialty pharmaceutical company.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities and UBS Investment Bank) in connection with the $581 million initial public offering of common stock of Vonage Holdings Corp., a provider of broadband telephone services.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $630 million initial public offering of Class A common stock of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., related to its spinoff from Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Deutsche Bank Securities) in connection with the $71 million initial public offering of common stock of Cbeyond Communications, which provides managed Internet Protocol-based communication services to small businesses in select large metropolitan areas.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Merrill Lynch & Co. and Citigroup) in connection with the $215 million initial public offering of common stock of Danaos Corporation, which provides international seaborne transportation services with vessels in the container ship sector of the shipping industry.
  • First Solar, Inc.:  Represented First Solar, the largest manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic solar modules in the world, in connection with its $459 million initial public offering of common stock.
  • Double Hull Tankers, Inc.:  Represented Double Hull Tankers in connection with its $200 million initial public offering of common stock related to its spinoff from Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.  Double Hull Tankers, Inc. charters large crude oil tankers pursuant to multiyear charters.
  • OSG America L.P.:  Represented OSG America, the largest operator of U.S. Flag product carriers and barges, in connection with its $143 million initial public offering of common units representing limited partner interests related to its spinoff from Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.

Equity Offerings

  • First Solar, Inc.:  Represented First Solar in connection with its $698 million secondary offering of common stock.
  • Double Hull Tankers, Inc.:  Represented Double Hull Tankers, a significant owner of crude tanker vessels, in connection with its $120 million secondary offering of common stock.
  • Extendicare Inc. and Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.:  Represented Extendicare and Assisted Living Concepts in connection with the initial listing and exchange of Class A common stock of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. for shares of Extendicare Inc.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank Securities) in connection with the $114 million secondary offering of common stock of Cbeyond, Inc.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Dahlman Rose Weiss, LLC) in connection with the $106 million registered common stock offering of OMI Corporation, a major international owner and operator of crude oil tankers and product carriers.
  • Creo Inc.:  Represented Creo, a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of comprehensive digital solutions that automate the prepress phase of commercial printing, in connection with its $50 million common stock offering.
  • Underwriter:  Represented the underwriter (led by Morgan Stanley) in connection with the $175 million common stock offering of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
  • Underwriter:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co.) in connection with the $143 million secondary offering of common stock of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., a preeminent global leader in publishing and direct marketing.
  • Rogers Communications Inc.:  Represented Rogers Communications in connection with its C$250 million common stock offering.  Rogers Communications Inc. is a diversified public communications company engaged in cellular communications, cable television distribution, radio and television broadcasting and publishing through its various subsidiaries.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with its $246 million offering of common stock of State Street Corporation, a bank holding company that provides services to institutional investors and investment managers worldwide.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with its $300 million offering of common stock of State Street Corporation.
  • Tower Holding Company, Inc.:  Represented Tower Holding Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., as selling stockholder, in connection with the $190 million common stock offering of the Interstate Bakeries Company, the largest baker and distributor of fresh baked bread and sweet goods in the United States.
  • Rogers Wireless Inc.:  Represented Rogers Wireless in connection with its C$423 million rights offering.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $125 million registered offering of depositary shares of Network Plus Corp., a network-based communications provider offering broadband data and telecommunications services.
  • Ballard Power Systems Inc.:  Represented Ballard Power Systems, a leader in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, in connection with its $340 million offering of common stock.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $100 million Rule 144A offering of convertible preferred shares of RSL Communications, Ltd., a facilities-based communications company.

Debt Offerings

  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Deutsche Bank and Jefferies) in connection with the $25 million senior debt offering by Paragon Shipping Inc.
  • Rogers Cable Inc.:  Represented Rogers Cable in connection with six 144A/Regulation S secured debt offerings aggregating over $2 billion.
  • Rogers Wireless Inc.:  Represented Rogers Wireless in connection with four 144A/Regulation S secured debt offerings aggregating over $1.5 billion.
  • UBS Investment Bank:  Represented the underwriter (UBS Investment Bank) in connection with the $150 million senior debt offering of Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.
  • Initial purchasers:  Represented the initial purchasers (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $200 million 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offering of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Lehman Brothers) in connection with the $700 million debt offering of State Street Corporation.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Credit Suisse, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley) in connection with the $800 million offering of floating rate capital securities by State Street Capital Trust IV, guaranteed by State Street Corporation.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Lehman Brothers) in connection with the $600 million subordinated debt offering of State Street Bank and Trust Company.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch) in connection with the $400 million subordinated debt offering of State Street Bank and Trust Company, the principal subsidiary of State Street Corporation.
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.:  Represented the initial purchasers (Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $200 million 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offering of OMI Corporation.
  • Cytec Industries Inc.:  Represented Cytec Industries, a specialty chemicals and materials company, in connection with its $200 million debt offering.
  • Underwriters:  Represented the underwriters (led by Goldman, Sachs & Co.) in connection with the $100 million and €100 million 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offering of RSL Communications PLC.
* Includes matters handled by Mr. Gaffney prior to joining Gibson Dunn.

Education

  • New York University - 1986 - Juris Doctor
  • New York University - 1986 - MBA
  • The George Washington University - 1982 - Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

  • New York Bar