MSCI Inc.’s $500 Million Notes Offering

Davis Polk advised MSCI Inc. in connection with a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 4.000% senior notes due 2029.

The notes are guaranteed by certain subsidiaries of MSCI.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, including, without limitation, buybacks of its common stock and potential acquisitions.

On an adjusted basis, after giving effect to the Offering, MSCI expects its total interest expense, including the amortization of financing fees, to be approximately $147 million for the year ending December 31, 2019.

MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 45 years of expertise in research, data and technology, MSCI powers better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. MSCI creates industry-leading research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process.

The Davis Polk corporate team included partner Richard D. Truesdell Jr. (Picture), counsel Jeffrey S. Ramsay and associates Jacqueline Marino and Claudia Carvajal Lopez. The tax team included partner Patrick E. Sigmon and associates Tomislava Dragicevic and Joseph M. Gerstel. Associate Yana Kipnis provided intellectual property and technology advice. Counsel Charles Shi provided ERISA advice. Associate Matthew R. Silver provided 1940 Act advice. All members of the Davis Polk team are based in the New York office.

Involved fees earner: Claudia Carvajal Lopez – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Tomislava Dragicevic – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Joseph Gerstel – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Yana Kipnis – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jacqueline Marino – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jeffrey Ramsay – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Charles Shi – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Patrick Sigmon – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Matthew Silver – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Richard Truesdell Jr. – Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Clients: MSCI Inc.;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti