John R. Sobolewski


John R. Sobolewski

John represents sponsors and corporate borrowers in their most complex financing and liability management transactions.  His multidisciplinary practice spans finance and restructuring, including leveraged M&A and LBOs, liability management and special situations, debt capital markets offerings and exchanges, syndicated and direct loans, NAV loans and capital call facilities, management company financings, and in-court and out-of-court workouts.

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 been awarded the “Leading Lawyers–Highly Regarded” ranking by IFLR, which describes him as “Personable, detail-oriented, commercial, strategic thinker.”

Legal 500 calls John “a key contact for liability management transactions.” In 2024, John was named “Legal Advisor of the Year” by the M&A Advisor’s 18th Annual Turnaround Awards for his liability management work

John writes frequently on financing and liability management matters, and his work has been published in CFO magazine, Financier Worldwide magazine, the International Comparative Legal Guide, and Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance.


Financing – Funds and Private Equity

  • John has represented top tier asset managers in numerous financing matters, including The Carlyle GroupSearchlight Capital, Siris Capital, Tiger Global and Warburg Pincus.

Liability Management 

  • Lumen Technologies in over $15 billion of credit facility and notes extension and amendment transactions and a related $2.325 billion of new money notes issuances and new revolving commitments
  • Travelport in its $3.6 billion of superpriority financing and exchange transactions, and its subsequent $2.05 billion junior priority exchange transaction
  • Mitel Networks in in various matters, including its $1.35 billion of exchange, amendment and financing transactions
  • Angelo Gordon in various matters, including connection with its debt investment in a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare
  • Office Properties Income Trust in various matters
  • Lions Gate in various matters, including its $390 million notes exchange transaction
  • Mallinckrodt in various exchange offers and other financing and restructuring matters
  • Intelsat in over $6.0 billion of issuances of high-yield, holdco and convertible notes, as well as related notes tenders and purchases

Financing – Corporate

  • T-Mobile in its acquisition of Sprint and its related $38.0 billion of financing commitments and $39.0 billion of consent solicitations, as well as its related bridge loan, credit agreement and senior notes issuances
  • Gap in various matters, including its $1.8675 billion ABL credit agreement and $2.25 billion senior secured notes issuances, and its subsequent $1.5 billion unsecured notes issuances and related tender offers
  • Lions Gate in various matters, including 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
  • Cengage in various matters, including its loan and preferred stock issuances
  • XPO Logistics in various matters, including in connection with the financing of its €3.24 billion acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle S.A. and $3.0 billion acquisition of Con-Way, and its subsequent refinancings, repricings and new debt incurrences
  • PPG Industries in its $2.0 billion term loan to finance its acquisition of Tikkurila

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