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Robert J. Graves (Bob)


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  • University of Illinois (J.D. magna cum laude 1984; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review); University of Erlangen, Germany (Fulbright Scholar, 1980-1981); Illinois Wesleyan University (B.A. cum laude 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois and New York


  • Law Clerk to Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1984-1985)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — banking & finance (2009-2017)

    Legal 500 US — recommended for bank lending and commercial lending (2015-2017)

    Illinois Super Lawyers (2007-2017)

    The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2017)


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