John R. Sobolewski

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John R. Sobolewski

John represents corporate borrowers and sponsors in their most complex financing and liability management transactions.  His multidisciplinary practice spans finance and restructuring, including leveraged M&A and LBOs, special situations and recapitalizations, debt capital markets offerings, syndicated and direct loans, fund and 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 also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a “Rising Star” by Expert Guidesand a Notable Practitioner” by IFLR.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Financing – Corporate

  • T-Mobile in 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 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
  • XPO Logistics in 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
  • 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
  • Cengage in various matters, including its $1.65 billion term loan
  • PPG Industries in its $2.0 billion term loan in connection with its acquisition of Tikkurila

Financing – Funds and Private Equity

  • Siris Capital in various matters, including its $1.075 million credit agreement and $350 million senior notes issuance, in connection with its acquisitions of Equiniti Group and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
  • Searchlight Capital in various matters, including its investment in Consolidated Communications and the related $2.0 billion of term loan and bond issuances by Consolidated, and subsequent repricings and notes issuances, and its investment in Mitel Networks and strategic partnership with RingCentral
  • Tiger Global in various matters
  • Apollo Global Management in its $1.0 billion buyout of Presidio, and Presidio’s subsequent refinancing transactions and leveraged stock buyback

Liability Management

  • Travelport in its $3.6 billion of exchange transactions and financing transactions
  • Certain lenders in connection with their debt investment in a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare
  • Mallinckrodt in its $495 million out-of-court exchange offer and related financing and restructuring matters
  • Intelsat in 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 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 debt default activism and net-short debt activism situations

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