John R. Sobolewski


John R. Sobolewski

John’s multidisciplinary practice includes a broad range of finance, restructuring and related matters, including leveraged M&A, private equity, public and private capital markets transactions, complex syndicated bank financings, special situations, in-court and out-of-court workouts, and debt default activism and net-short debt activism situations.



  • T-Mobile in connection with its acquisition of Sprint and its related $38.0 billion of financing commitments, $39.0 billion of consent solicitations, and related bridge loan, credit agreement and senior notes issuances
  • Gap in connection with its $1.8675 billion ABL credit agreement and $2.25 billion senior secured notes issuances, and its subsequent $1.5 billion unsecured notes issuances
  • Searchlight in connection with its investment in Consolidated Communications and its related $2.0 billion of term loan and bond issuances, and subsequent repricings and notes issuances
  • XPO Logistics in its €3.24 billion acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle S.A. and $3 billion acquisition of Con-Way, and its subsequent refinancings, repricings and new debt incurrences
  • Lions Gate in its $4.5 billion of bank and bond transactions in connection with its acquisition of Starz, and its various subsequent repricing and refinancing transactions, notes issuances and exchanges
  • PPG in its $2.0 billion term loan in connection with its acquisition of Tikkurila
  • Cengage in its $1.65 billion term loan
  • Apollo in its $1.0 billion buyout of Presidio, and Presidio’s subsequent refinancing transactions and leveraged stock buyback

Liability Management Transactions

  • Travelport in its $3.6 billion of exchange transactions and financing transactions
  • Mallinckrodt in its $495 million out-of-court exchange offer and related financing matters
  • Intelsat in connection with over $6.0 billion of issuances of high-yield, holdco and convertible notes, as well as related bond tenders and purchases

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Debt Default Activism

  • Centerbridge Partners in connection with its investment in Speedcast
  • Costa Verde in connection with its DIP financing commitment to LATAM
  • Goldman SachsGSO Capital Partners and Bank of Nova Scotia in various workout and restructuring situations
  • Various key stakeholders in major debt default activism and net-short debt activism situations


John has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, and as one of the 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers.

John has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyersand a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides.

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