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Robert S. Gillison

Robert S. Gillison



  • Commercial Finance

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group

California, U.S.A.


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


  • 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.


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  • 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

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