Ryan Dzierniejko represents U.S. and international issuers and investment banks in capital markets transactions. He has significant experience leading high-profile transactions involving companies across a wide range of industries.


Mr. Dzierniejko regularly represents clients in initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, offerings of debt securities (both high-yield and investment grade), restructurings and other significant corporate transactions. He assists companies with the review and preparation of public disclosures and advises on corporate governance, investor relations and stock exchange matters.

Mr. Dzierniejko has worked on some of the largest and most notable capital markets transactions in recent years, including:

  • a number of high-profile initial public offerings, including IPOs of The Match Group, Shopify, Markit and Intrawest;
  • Valeant’s $10.1 billion offering of high-yield notes (the third-largest high-yield offering ever completed), as well as high-yield offerings for companies such as Air Canada, Aircastle, Ainsworth Lumber, Brookfield Residential, Capstone Mining, Catalyst Paper, Flakeboard, Frontier Communications, Kissner Milling, New Gold and Shelf Drilling;
  • some of the largest acquisition financings in the past decade, including capital markets transactions to finance Becton Dickinson’s $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard; Express Scripts’ $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco; Valeant’s $14.5 billion acquisition of Salix; and Frontier Communication’s $10.5 billion acquisition of wireline assets from Verizon; and
  • over $50 billion of investment grade notes offerings by issuers including Agrium, Barrick Gold, Becton Dickinson, Brookfield Asset Management, Dentsply Sirona, DuPont, Express Scripts, Potash Corporation, Shaw Communications and OpenText.

He also represents private companies in venture capital financings and has counseled a number of investment banking clients in financial advisory work.

Mr. Dzierniejko spent several years in Skadden’s Toronto office, where he gained extensive experience representing Canadian and other foreign companies on cross-border transactions. With respect to Canadian clients, he has worked on representations involving more than a quarter of the companies in the TSX 60, including the largest equity offering in Canadian history.

Mr. Dzierniejko graduated as the Gold Medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario. From 2006-10, he was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching a course on negotiation. In 2013, he received the Osgoode Alumni Gold Key in the “One-to-Watch” category, which recognizes exceptional achievement in a lawyer’s first 10 years of practice. Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Dzierniejko has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations in support of homeless youth and food programs.



  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2005 (Gold Medalist)
  • B.A., Queen's University, 2002


  • New York

Ryan J. Dzierniejko