Robert J.Graves (Bob)


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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.



  • $700 million purchase of 49.9 percent 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 percent interest in Big River Steel by United States Steel Corporation, with a call option to acquire the remaining 50.1 percent within the next four years.
  • Koch participates in $1.5 billion investment in InforJones Day is advising Koch Equity Development (KED), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, 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, 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, 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.
  • Uni-Select finances acquisition of Parts AllianceJones Day represented Uni-Select, Inc., a leader in the automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Parts Alliance, a UK-based automotive replacement parts distributor.
  • Hilti acquires Oglaend System GroupJones Day advised Hilti AG in its acquisition of Norwegian Oglaend System Group, a leading manufacturer of multidiscipline support solutions, cable ladders, cable trays and accessories for the oil and gas, infrastructure, shipbuilding, wind energy, water treatment, and clean room industries.
  • Digital Bridge in consortium with PSP Investments and TIAA Investments acquires Vantage Data CentersJones Day advised a consortium which includes Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC, a leading global communications infrastructure company, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and TIAA Investments (an affiliate of Nuveen), on the acquisition and related financing of Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data center solutions in support of mission-critical applications.
  • ACI Worldwide refinances senior credit facilityJones Day represented ACI Worldwide Inc., a leading international provider of electronic payment systems, in connection with the refinancing of its senior credit facility.
  • Parker Hannifin acquires CLARCOR for $4.3 billionJones Day advised Parker Hannifin Corporation in its $4.3 billion acquisition of filtration company CLARCOR Inc.
  • Koch Equity Development invests over $2 billion in InforJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC, the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, in connection with its equity investment of more than $2 billion in Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud.
  • Guardian Industries refinances credit facility in connection with acquisition by Koch IndustriesJones Day represented Guardian Industries Corp., an industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive, and building products, in the refinancing of its credit facility in connection with its acquisition by Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Digital Bridge amends second lien credit agreementJones Day advised Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC in connection with an incremental term loan pursuant to a first amendment to the second lien credit agreement provided by AB Private Credit Investors LLC and other lenders to finance, in part, the acquisition of C7 DataCenters, Inc. and its affiliated entities, providers of data center services.
  • 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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