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John Cobb

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Leveraged Finance practice


John H. Cobb is a partner in the Leveraged Finance practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Cobb’s practice focuses on handling leveraged loan and capital markets transactions. He has extensive experience representing banks, investors, and mezzanine funds, as well as issuers, in connection with a broad range of banking and securities transactions, including first and second lien credit facilities, bridge loan facilities, high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, mezzanine financings, liability management transactions, and restructurings and reorganizations. Mr. Cobb also has represented both public and private companies in connection with general corporate and securities law matters.


Admitted to the New York State Bar


St John's University, J.D. Providence College, B.S.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent’ finance group has, over the past few years, made a big investment into its practice, particularly on the leveraged finance side, where the highly respected Michael Baker and John Cobb lead the practice. The firm has achieved considerable success acting for banks such as Barclays Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, on LBOs. Notable mandates included advising the lenders, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, on $5bn-worth of facilities to finance Bass Pro Group’s acquisition of Cabela, and assisting Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Barclays Bank and Wells Fargo Securities with a $1.15bn loan to fund a dividend recapitalization and the refinancing and consolidation of debt facilities associated with ArcLight’s portfolio companies. The firm had a number of departures this year, including Michael Michetti to Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and William Schwitter, Michael Chernick and Jeffrey Pellegrino to Allen & Overy.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

Commended for its ‘drafting skills, responsiveness and depth of project finance knowledge’, Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent, efficient’ department is headed by the New York-based Robert Kartheiser, who regularly handles Latin American infrastructure project finance. The team acted for Acciona Energy North America on the purchase and sale of various US wind farms; the Washington DC-based William DeGrandis acted for Yahoo! Energy on a wind hedging agreement with Own Energy for Yahoo!’s data centre in Kansas, and advised it on the purchase of solar generation assets for its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. On the lender side, the practice assisted KeyBank National Association with various construction financings and term loan financings relating to solar power projects throughout the US. The department is also active on the oil and gas side: John Cobb and Sanjay Thapar advised Morgan Stanley Senior Funding and BMO Capital Markets as lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $1.1bn financing of ArcLight Energy Partners’ acquisition of Gulf Oil from Cumberland Farms. On the cross-border front, the practice advised York Capital Management on a construction loan for a solar power facility being developed in the Caribbean by one of the fund’s subsidiaries.

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