Rob Drobnak has significant experience in the structuring, negotiating and documentation of credit facilities for acquisitions, working capital and other general corporate purposes. Rob’s strong acumen around the entire life-cycles of finance transactions, including the negotiation, structuring and documentation of deals from inception to close, during growth and workout phases and in sale, foreclosure and other exit scenarios, helps clients to successfully navigate unexpected obstacles and achieve their goals. Rob also represents borrowers, lenders and investors in out-of-court workouts, restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings and distressed investments regardless of involvement in the original transaction.
I represent banks and other financial institutions in lending and debt-restructuring transactions, with extensive experience in cash-flow loans, ABLs, debtor-in-possession financings, senior and mezzanine facilities, out-of-court workouts and restructurings and real estate transactions. I focus primarily on middle market transactions, but also represent parties in large-cap deals.
In addition to work on the lending side, I often represent private equity portfolio companies, investment funds and corporate borrowers in their commercial and acquisition financing and distressed investment matters.
Clients rely on me for developing and structuring the governing documents for acquisitions, joint ventures and existing operations for traditional commercial real estate deals, low-income housing tax credit developments and energy and other infrastructure projects. In addition to these acquisition and operational matters, I more extensively focus on the financing components for these types of transactions.
I have been following the ramifications to the finance industry since Andrew Bailey, the CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority, announced in July 2017 that the British regulator would no longer force banks to participate in setting LIBOR by the end of 2021. While most of the discussion has focused on the derivative market, it will also affect lending transactions as most loan deals have floating rates tied to LIBOR.
Rochester Business Journal | October 08, 2021
Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante contributed this column highlighting recent changes to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program that may make it more attractive to businesses on the fence about seeking government relief funds. The article is based on a client alert Eric co-authored with Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, Chicago Global Finance partner Robert Drobnak, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman.
Bloomberg News | June 22, 2020
Chicago Global Finance partner Rob Drobnak was quoted in this article for his outlook on the Federal Reserve’s expanded Main Street lending program and its appeal to businesses and lenders.
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University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., Articles Editor, Journal of International Economic Law
Bradley University, B.S., Finance, summa cum laude
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