Phyllis G. Korff - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Phyllis G. Korff

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 212-735-2694

Phyllis G. Korff represents U.S. and international issuers and investment banks in a wide variety of financing matters. She has worked on equity and debt financings, both investment grade and high-yield, in the U.S. and international markets. Ms. Korff has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other offerings registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as offerings exempt from SEC registration pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S. Ms. Korff repeatedly has been named by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading individual capital markets lawyers in New York for international equity and debt. According to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Ms. Korff is “terrific on all aspects of IPOs,” not least because she is “an excellent technical lawyer and creates a good working environment.” She was named a finalist in the Finance Lawyer of the Year category at the inaugural Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2012. In addition, Ms. Korff repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe International Who’s Who of Capital Markets LawyersThe Legal 500 U.S. and IFLR1000.

Ms. Korff has represented The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. and Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. in financings and has advised the underwriters in the initial public offerings of Blackstone and Virgin Mobile. She also has represented the financial advisors and underwriters in the demutualization and initial public offering and subsequent offerings of MetLife; the underwriters in the spin-offs and initial public offerings of the Pepsi Bottling Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Guidant and Cowen; the underwriters in the initial public offering and follow-on offerings for Vimpel-Communications; and the underwriters in various financing for Boston Properties, Stifel Financial Corp. and Atlas Air. In addition, Ms. Korff represented National Financial Partners, ADESA and Global Signal in their initial public offerings and the underwriters in the initial public offerings of U.S.I. Holdings and United National Group. She has represented Axis Capital in its equity, preferred stock and debt financings and Harbor Point in its equity investment in New Point. Ms. Korff represented Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust in its initial public offering and subsequent financings and Carlyle Capital Corporation in its private and public financings. Ms. Korff also has represented the underwriters in the privatizations and the initial public offerings of Hong Kong Telecom and New Zealand Telecom, and the Commonwealth of Australia in its third sale of Telstra stock.

Ms. Korff also advises issuers of high-yield and other debt securities in their financings. She represented Liberty Mutual Group Inc. in its Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of junior subordinated “hybrid” notes. She also advised on numerous transactions for the Huntsman companies, Chemtura Corporation, National Financial Partners, Poster Financial Group and Xerox Corporation.

Ms. Korff has extensive experience representing Israeli companies and companies with significant Israeli operations. She represented Floware Wireless Systems in its initial public offering and subsequent merger of equals with BreezeCom, and Actimize in its proposed initial public offering and merger with NICE Systems. She advised NICE Systems, Internet Gold and Omrix Biopharmaceuticals in their initial public offerings; Gazit-Globe in its U.S. initial public offering; Zim Israel Navigation and Israel Chemicals in their proposed privatizations; and Tecnomatix Technologies in its initial public offering and subsequent offerings. She represented Bank Hapoalim in its Rule 144A equity offering, and the underwriters in the initial public offerings, and in some cases follow-on offerings, for MIND CTI, Indigo, Tadiran Telecommunications, Amdocs, Cellcom, Voltaire, Ceragon, Caesarstone, Enzymotec and Evogene. She is currently representing Varonis and Lumenis in their IPOs and the underwriters in the IPO of MediWound.

Ms. Korff also has represented Canadian issuers in the U.S. equity and debt markets, including TELUS Corporation, as well as underwriters in offerings by Canadian companies.

New York University School of LawJ.D. 1981

Client Comments

"Phyllis is the consummate professional. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Phyllis and her team and would highly recommend them."

"Phyllis Korff of Skadden, Arps has been a lawyer of choice for capital markets transactions for over 20 years. She ranks among the very best in terms of both legal expertise and practical advice. I would (and have) recommended her without reservation with respect to any major matter."

-Richard J. Himelfarb
Head of Investment Banking
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Office Location

Four Times Square
New York, NY 10036
United States


Practice Areas

Securities / Capital Markets Law (Capital Markets)