Robert W. Downes is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York office and co-head of S&C’s Capital Markets Group. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Downes has advised on many of the most high-profile public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including securities issued in structured finance transactions, and M&A and joint ventures for U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. He has also been actively involved in advising domestic issuers on corporate governance matters as well as cybersecurity issues. Mr. Downes has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 United States and New York Super Lawyers.
Mr. Downes received his B.S. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from George Washington Law School. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Downes worked as a certified public accountant in the Washington, D.C. office of Coopers & Lybrand.