Robert B. Shaw
Partner

1100 Peachtree Street NE Suite 2800, Atlanta, GA USA 30309

The Grace Building 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY USA 10036

Overview

As a member of the firm’s commercial finance team, Robert focuses his practice on commercial finance deals, with an emphasis on syndicated lending transactions, leveraged acquisitions, specialty financings, and other debt investments.

With experience spanning a variety of industries, including agriculture, business services, consumer products, health care, death care, industrial and manufacturing, lender finance, precious and non-precious metals, pharmaceutical, software, technology, tribal gaming and other tribal operations, and telecommunications, Robert represents banks and non-bank lenders in connection with senior secured and unsecured credit facilities, cash flow and asset-based lending transactions, first lien and second lien loan financings, unitranche facilities, cross-border financings, and distressed lending transactions. His practice focuses on the middle market, but covers a broad range of deal sizes, from bi-lateral domestic financings for middle-market companies to broadly syndicated credit facilities for publicly traded organizations with extensive cross-border operations and financings in the investment grade space.

In addition to representing lenders and other capital providers in their financing activities, Robert is routinely called upon to counsel major financial institutions, acting on behalf of consortiums of various debt holders, in their capacity as administrative and collateral agents under syndicated credit facilities.

Equally adept at borrower-side representation, Robert advises several public multinational corporations and sponsored entities in all manner of financing activities. He also has the privilege of devoting a significant portion of his practice to the representation of tribal clients and their subordinate instrumentalities in their economic endeavors to build generational wealth for their nations.

Robert’s representative clients include commercial banks and other financial institutions, debt funds, finance companies, sponsor-backed portfolio companies, public and private corporations, and tribal nations and their governmental components.

Robert was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2023 and 2024 for Banking and Finance Law.

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Experience

Select Lender Experience includes:

Representation of agent bank and lead lender in connection with over $390 million in syndicated loan facilities provided to a nationwide gas station chain.

Representation of agent bank and lead lender in connection with over $250 million in syndicated loan facilities provided to an agricultural cooperative to facilitate a strategic acquisition.

Representation of agent bank and lead lender, consignor bank and purchaser bank in connection with $150 million in suite of traditional working capital, consignment and ownership based financing facilities provided to a numismatic precious metal retailer.

Representation of joint lead arranger and primary lender in connection with split lien credit facilities totaling over $200 million to a precious metal retailer in order to facilitate a strategic acquisition.

Representation of agent bank and lead lender in connection with over $100 million in syndicated loan facilities provided to a pharmaceutical company to facilitate a strategic acquisition.

Represented single bank lender in bilateral investment grade credit facility provided to a public multinational in the amount of $100 million.

Representation of ad hoc consortium of debt funds in connection with syndicated loan facilities in an aggregate amount of over $124 million to large-scale dairy producer.

Select Financial Institution as Agent Experience includes:

Representation of financial institution as administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with exit credit facilities totaling over $600 million provided to a specialized health care company to allow for emergence from bankruptcy.

Representation of financial institution as administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with credit facilities totaling over $500 million provided to a multi-level marketing company pursuant to an “uptier” financing.

Representation of financial institution as administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with restructuring of credit facilities totaling over $300 million provided to a regulated financial services company composed of registered investment advisors and broker dealers.

Representation of financial institution as administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with credit facilities totaling over $200 million provided to a health care company focused on opioid treatment.

Select Borrower Experience includes:

Representation of a public multinational corporation in connection with credit facilities totaling over $9 billion to facilitate a strategic acquisition.

Representation of a public multinational corporation in connection with credit facilities totaling over $1 billion to facilitate strategic acquisition pursuant to a multitranche currency credit facility.

Representation of a public multinational corporation in connection with wrap-around split lien credit facilities totaling over $2.5 billion.

Representation of a healthcare staffing corporation in connection with credit facilities totaling $400 million to facilitate strategic acquisition.

Select Tribal Experience includes:

Representation of a Tribe and its governmental subcomponent in connection with origination of credit facilities totaling over $350 million (including an option to relocate a portion of term loans to tax exempt loans) for use for working capital in gaming operations and resort expansion.

Representation of a Tribe and its governmental subcomponent in connection with origination of credit facilities totaling over $300 million (including an option to relocate a portion of term loans to tax exempt loans) for use in gaming and resort related activities.

Representation of a Tribe and its governmental subcomponent in connection with restructuring and origination of credit facilities totaling over $200 million pursuant to novel “derivative mezzanine” structure.

Representation of a Tribe and its governmental subcomponent in connection with origination of credit facilities totaling over $140 million (including an option to relocate a portion of term loans to tax exempt loans) to facilitate purchase of a resort and hospitality property.

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Education

University of Florida J.D. (2006) cum laude

University of Florida B.A. (2004) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

Georgia (2013)

New York (2007)

Professional & Community Activities

University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Past Member

University of Florida Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court, Past Member

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