Hogan Lovells adds leading Capital Markets partner in New York

Press releases | 14 September 2020

New York, 14 September 2020 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Richard Aftanas has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate & Finance practice in New York and as a member of the Firm’s global Capital Markets leadership team with a focus on expanding the New York and US capital markets practice. Aftanas joins from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner in the Capital Markets group for six years.

“The addition of Richard to our New York Capital Markets team is another critical step in our focussed effort to strengthen our corporate and finance offerings in key markets,” said David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate & Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells. “Richard’s depth of experience in sophisticated capital raising transactions will be an asset to our national and global clients, and he will fit in well with our collaborative culture.”

Richard has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other public and private equity securities offerings, as well as high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings for companies in a wide range of industries. He also advises U.S. and international clients with respect to corporate and securities law matters, as well as spin-offs, debt tender offers, exchange offers and other refinancing transactions. In addition, Richard regularly advises publicly-traded corporations and their executive officers and directors on corporate governance, SEC compliance and disclosure matters. Before joining Kirkland, Richard was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. 

“Hogan Lovells’ global reach, top-notch corporate finance practice, depth of regulatory and industry expertise and collaborative approach is ideal for serving clients and I’m very excited to join the firm,” said Aftanas. “The firm is committed to enhancing its offering in key markets and I look forward to working with the team to continue to grow the firm’s Corporate & Finance practice in the New York office and beyond.”

Over the past year, the firm has made several high-profile additions to the New York office, including former Bristol Myers Squibb vice president Jonathan Wasserman, Latin America finance partner Ben Garcia,  leading sports transactions lawyer Michael Kuh, and Peter Marta, former global head of the legal cybersecurity team at JPMorgan Chase.

“Richard is a fantastic addition to our New York team,” said Michael DeLarco, Office Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells New York office.   “We have been actively expanding our Corporate & Finance team in New York to keep up with the increase of client demand.” 

Aftanas earned his B.A. from the University of Manitoba and his LL.B. from McGill University Faculty of Law. He also is a member of McGill University Leaders' Advisory Board and was the Secretary of the Securities Regulation Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2003–2006.