John Estes joined Sullivan & Cromwell in New York in 1995 and became a partner of the Firm in 2002. Mr. Estes focuses his practice on leveraged finance transactions and cross-border financing.

Mr. Estes has particular expertise in debt and equity capital markets transactions (SEC-registered and Rule 144A), acquisition finance, both for private equity and strategic, leveraged financings, secured and unsecured credit agreements, including revolvers, ABL and bridges, and high yield financings. His capital markets experience includes a variety of structured debt instruments, hybrid capital, convertibles and preferred stock, initial public offerings, secondary offerings and government privatizations. He has represented issuer and borrower clients in a variety of industries, including mining and oil & gas, telecommunications, financial institutions and industrial, as well as a number of underwriter and lender clients. Mr. Estes also has experience in private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and natural resourcebased project finance.

Mr. Estes was resident in the Firm’s Melbourne, Australia office for more than 10 years and was the managing partner of the Firm’s Australian practice from 2005 to 2010. He returned to New York in 2010, and is co-head of the Firm’s Credit and Leveraged Finance practice.