Robert J.Graves (Bob)

Partner

Chicago + 1.312.269.4356

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

  • Subsidiary of diversified multinational company enters into $1.25 billion credit facilityJones Day represented a subsidiary of a diversified multinational company in connection with a $1.25 billion unsecured and syndicated revolving credit facility.
  • Agriculture company obtains $2 billion credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $2 billion credit facility.
  • Agriculture company obtains $200 million credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $200 million credit facility with major national bank, as administrative agent.
  • Diversified multinational company obtains $2 billion credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified multinational company in connection with a $2 billion 364-day syndicated revolving credit facility.
  • Agriculture company obtains $250 million credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $250 million credit facility with major national bank, as administrative agent.
  • Follett Corporation acquired by private investor groupJones Day advised Follett Corporation in the sale of its corporate entity as well as Follett Higher Education, the company’s collegiate retail and Follett ACCESS business, to a group of private investors led by Jefferson River Capital LLC, a private investment company controlled by the James family.
  • Diversified global manufacturer of industrial components obtains $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components in connection with its $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility.
  • Agriculture company reissues certain industrial revenue bondsJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with the reissuance of certain industrial revenue bonds.
  • Follett Corporation divests Baker & Taylor division to private investor groupJones Day advised Follett Corporation in its divestiture of its Baker & Taylor division, the world's premier distributor of physical and digital books and services to public and academic libraries, which will now operate as an independent, privately-owned entity group led by Baker & Taylor's President and CEO Aman Kochar.
  • Leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content amends $350 million secured credit facilityJones Day represented a leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content in connection with an amendment to its $350 million secured credit facility.
  • Financial institution provides $125.4 million syndicated credit facility to family-owned businesses specializing in creating custom-developed productsJones Day advised a financial institution in connection with a $125.4 million syndicated credit facility provided to a family-owned businesses specializing in creating custom-developed products for national restaurant chains and foodservice industry.
  • CITGO completes $650 million 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 $650 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2026.
  • Agriculture company makes second amendment to $1.65 billion credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with its second amendment to a $1.65 billion credit facility with U.S. Bank National Association as administrative agent, including a new $250 million incremental term loan.
  • Furukawa Electric and Superior Essex global joint venture finalizedJones Day advised Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in its finalization of a global joint venture with Superior Essex Inc.
  • 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.
  • Diversified multinational company obtains $350 million credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified multinational company in connection with a $350 million 364-day credit facility with a group of syndicated lenders.
  • Diversified multinational company amends existing $4 billion credit agreement and obtains $2 billion credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified multinational company in connection with the second amendment to its existing $4 billion credit agreement, as well as the execution of a $2 billion 364-day credit facility, both with a group of syndicated lenders.
  • 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