Robert J.Graves (Bob)

Partner

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Bob Graves represents lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of commercial financial transactions and has structured, negotiated, and documented scores of senior debt financing arrangements of all types, including secured and unsecured single bank and syndicated credit agreements, multicurrency financing facilities, equipment financings, and acquisition financings. A significant portion of his practice focuses on the financing aspects of corporate transactions, as well as workouts and restructurings of troubled credits.

In addition to his transactional work, Bob has significant experience representing various market participants with respect to a variety of issues that arose from the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting and ongoing financial regulatory reform. He regularly advises clients on a broad spectrum of financing and financial regulatory issues and Uniform Commercial Code matters.

Companies for which Bob has worked on substantial matters include Bank of America, Bunge North America, Eastman Chemical, Kaiser Aluminum, KeyBank, Macy's, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Bob served as co-chair of Jones Day's global Banking & Finance Practice for 12 years and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. He has written a number of articles and spoken at professional conferences and seminars on commercial finance, enterprise risk management, and banking regulation and compliance. He is a member of the ABA (Business Law Section); The Chicago Bar Association, where he has served as chair of the Commercial Finance Committee; and the Economic Club of Chicago. He is active in community and charitable affairs.

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Experience

  • Agriculture company amends credit agreementJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with the negotiation and drafting of the second amendment to its credit agreement.
  • CITGO completes $1.125 billion Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a North American refiner of complex crudes and producer of high-value petrochemicals, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $1.125 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2025.
  • Macy’s completes $1.3 billion Senior Secured Notes offering and $3.15 billion credit facilityJones Day advised Macy's Inc., one of the nation's premier retailers, in connection with the issuance of $1.3 billion in aggregate principal amount of 8.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering and a $3.15 billion asset-based credit facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent.
  • Koch Industries acquired remaining equity stake in InforJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on the purchase of the remaining equity stake held by Golden Gate Capital in Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry.
  • Eastman Chemical leases portion of Texas City site to Gulf Coast Ammonia and Air Products, Inc.Jones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in its strategic project with Gulf Coast Ammonia and Air Products, Inc. to lease a portion of Eastman’s Texas City site.
  • $700 million purchase of 49.9% interest in Big River Steel by United States Steel CorporationJones Day advised KM BRS, LLC (a subsidiary of Koch Minerals, LLC), a preferred equity holder of Big River Steel, in the $700 million purchase of a 49.9% interest in Big River Steel by United States Steel Corporation, with a call option to acquire the remaining 50.1% within the next four years.
  • MYR Group amends and restates $375 million revolving credit facilityJones Day represented MYR Group, Inc., a national electrical contractor specializing in transmission and distribution, substation and commercial and industrial construction, in connection with their $375 million amended and restated revolving credit facility.
  • Koch Methanol acquires majority ownership stake in St. James Parish methanol joint ventureJones Day advised Koch Methanol, LLC ("Koch Methanol"), a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in connection with the recapitalization of YCI Methanol One, LLC (the "Joint Venture"), a joint venture between Koch Methanol and Yuhuang Chemical Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company, Ltd.
  • Corporate trustees seek advice relating to LIBOR transitionJones Day is advising two U.S.-based corporate trustees with respect to portfolios impacted by LIBOR transition and COFI cessation, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • Koch participates in $1.5 billion investment in InforJones Day is advising Koch Equity Development (KED), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in connection with an investment of $1.5 billion in Infor by KED and Golden Gate Capital.
  • ACI Worldwide acquires Western Union's Speedpay U.S. domestic bill pay business for $750 millionJones Day advised ACI Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, in the $750 million acquisition and related financing of the Speedpay bill payment business of The Western Union Company.
  • Diversified global manufacturer of industrial components amends and restates existing revolving credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components in connection with the amendment and restatement of its existing revolving credit facility. The amendment will provide a five-year, $1.3 billion credit facility, which is comprised of a $900 million revolving credit facility, a $100 million term loan A facility, and a $350 million delayed draw term loan facility. In addition, the amendment allows an increase by a maximum aggregate amount of up to $200 million and includes an option to incur an additional $250 million in term loan B debt.
  • Koch Equity Development invests $550 million in Getty ImagesJones Day advised Koch Equity Development, the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, in connection with an investment of $550 million in Getty Images.
  • INVISTA sells Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment HoldingJones Day advised INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its sale of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.
  • Education service provider obtains $700 million asset-based revolving loan facilityJones Day advised an education service provider and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a $700 million secured asset-based revolving loan facility.
  • Heidrick & Struggles amends and restates revolving credit facilityJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a premier global provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its revolving credit facility.
  • Koch Methanol invests in YCI Methanol One and its $1.85 billion methanol production facilityJones Day advised Koch Methanol, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its minority equity investment in YCI Methanol One, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Yuhuang Chemical Industries, Inc. and its parent company Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company, Ltd.
  • ACI Worldwide completes $400 million offering of Senior NotesJones Day advised ACI Worldwide, a leading international provider of electronic payment and banking systems for financial institutions, retailers, and processors, in connection with its issuance of $400 million of 5.75% Senior Notes due 2026 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • The Carlyle Group sells Signode Industrial Group Holdings to Crown Holdings, Inc. for $4 billionJones Day advised The Carlyle Group and its affiliates in connection with the sale of Signode Industrial Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd., a leading global provider of transit packaging systems and solutions, to Crown Holdings, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of packaging products for consumer goods, for an aggregate purchase price of up to $4 billion.
  • Koch Equity Development commits $650 million preferred equity financing to support Meredith Corporation's $2.8 billion acquisition of Time, Inc.Jones Day advised Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in connection with its $650 million of preferred equity financing to Meredith Corporation, a media and marketing company, in connection with Meredith’s $2.8 billion acquisition of magazine publisher Time, Inc.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 24, 2015
      Banking Regulatory Challenges for 2015 and Beyond
    • March 20, 2015
      New Legal and Regulatory Terrain for ERM: Outlook for Companies and Risk Managers
    • March 19, 2015
      FinCEN's Anti-Money Laundering Developments: A 2015 Update LIVE Webcast
    • June 7, 2012
      Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
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