Robert S. Gillison

Robert S. Gillison

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Expertise

  • Commercial Finance

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Buchalter
California, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
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Profile

Robert S. Gillison has been at Buchalter for 20 years and is the Chair of the Commercial Finance Group. Mr. Gillison advises financial institutions, private equity firms, and corporate borrowers on commercial loans and credits facilities, including broadly syndicated credits, club and single-lender deals, and intercreditor arrangements. His practice covers a variety of industry sectors, among them, aviation, healthcare, retail, and technology. Mr. Gillison also has experience with lending to wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Mr. Gillison provides guidance to clients on structuring, negotiating and deal management in commercial financings used for acquisitions, cash-flow, capital calls, capital expenditures, recurring revenue, and working capital. He also has extensive experience with complex cross-border transactions that typically involve the financing of companies with operations and assets located throughout Europe, Canada, Asia, Mexico, and Australia.

Mr. Gillison’s practice has spanned several economic downturns, which gives him real world perspective and experience when advising lenders and borrowers on distressed debt and workout restructures, forbearance and liquidation strategies, and foreclosures under Article 9 of the UCC.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Practice

Commercial Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Mr. Gillison has closed hundreds of transactions with more than $5 billion in funded financings, among which are the following:

  • $2.6 billion loan to one of the largest aircraft leasing companies in the world.
  • $650 million loan to one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the U.S.
  • $250 million loan to the largest hunting and camping goods retailer in the U.S.
  • $95 million loan to fund the creation of a REIT by the Government of Singapore.
  • $85 million loan to an investment fund to purchase real estate tax lien in several U.S. states.
  • $65 million loan to one of the largest distillers and distributors of premium spirits in the world.
  • $70 million loan to the largest privately-owned U.S. exporter to China.
  • $50 million loan to the largest sales and marketing agency in the U.S. food service industry.
  • $40 million loan in connection with the tender offer of a Canadian public company.
  • $30 million loan to one of the largest trucking-based logistic providers in the U.S.
  • $25 million loan to a global provider of aircraft parts and services to several major U.S. airlines.
  • $25 million loan to a manufacturer of flight-critical components for the aviation and aerospace industry.
  • $15 million loan for the construction of rum and tequila distilleries in Anguilla and Mexico.

Articles

  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Loans Now Available to Otherwise-Eligible Companies That Have Ended Their Bankruptcy Proceedings
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Application Deadline Extended to May 31, 2021
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New Treasury PPP Rules Clarify Recent Changes to PPP Program, Extend Time to Obtain a PPP Loan to March 31, 2021
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New PPP Changes in the Stimulus Bill: Second PPP Loan for Hardest-Hit Existing PPP Borrowers, Additional Categories of Forgivable Expenses, Tax Deductibility for Expenses Paid with PPP Proceeds, Lender Liability Limitations, Simplified Forgiveness Application for Loans of $150,000 or Less, and Other Changes
  • LIBOR Administrator Announces Wind-down Dates for Publication of LIBOR Index Data; Federal Bank Regulators Announce that Banks Should Cease Using LIBOR in New Contracts by December 31, 2021
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Expert Advice for New Phases for Lenders and Borrowers on PPP and MSLP Loans: PPP Loan Forgiveness and SBA PPP-MSLP Loan Reviews
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: NEW DEADLINES – Main Street Lending Program: Federal Reserve Announces Last Day for Lender MSLP Participation Purchase Submissions is December 14; Lenders Will Require Borrower MSLP Loan Applications to be Completed Several Days Prior
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program FAQs Regarding Restrictions on Underlying Credit Facilities for MSELF Loans; Co-Borrower Requirements; Obtaining Information About Core Rights Acts; and Requiring Disclosure of LIBOR Reset Information when Selling Loan Participations to the Main Street SPV
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New PPP Guidance Simplifies Forgiveness Application Process for Small PPP Loans of $50,000 or Less; Clarifies Lenders’ Responsibilities Regarding Review of Borrower Calculations and Documentation of Forgivable Eligible Costs for Such Small Loans
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: SBA Issues New PPP Guidance Regarding Required Approval for a Sale of Assets or Transfer of Ownership of a PPP Borrower; Use of Escrow Accounts to Avoid Requirement of Prior SBA Approval
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Announces Main Street Lending Program Will Accept Multi-Borrower Loans and Issues New FAQs Outlining Requirements; Announces Acceptance of Non-Profit Borrower Loans; Alters Standards for Lenders When Evaluating Borrowers; and Provides Guidance on Insider Loans and Compensation Treatment
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program: Federal Reserve Posts Amended Transaction Documents and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program and Other Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities Extended to December 31, 2020
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Lenders May Submit PPP Forgiveness Applications to SBA on August 10; SBA Issues New Procedural Notice with Guidance for Lender Forgiveness Review/Submission
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program Expanded to Include Nonprofit Organizations
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program Guidance in Amended Frequently Asked Questions
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Congress Passes Extension of PPP Loan Origination to August 8 and Sends to President Trump
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Treasury Issues New PPP Interim Final Rule, and Revised Long Form and New Short Form EZ Forgiveness Application and Instructions
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve’s Main Street Loan Program is Officially Launched; Buchalter Announces Main Street Lending Team
  • Buchalter Covid-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Program; Reduces Some Minimum Loan Amounts, Raises Maximum Loan Amounts, Extends Loan Term
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Flexibility Act is Enacted
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Flexibility Act Passes House, Likely Vote in Senate Next Week
  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Treasury Issues Application for SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: New Guidance on Main Street Loan Program for Small and Medium Sized Businesses
  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Viral Issues for Commercial Finance Lenders and Borrowers