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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

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

‘Dedicated to providing excellent service’, Paul Hastings LLP scores highly for its ‘incredibly reliable, thoughtful and innovative team’. The New York-based practice has a distinct emphasis on manager representations, but also brings to bear significant issuer-side experience, particularly in Latin America-related deals. The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ John Cobb leads the group and is noted as ‘a valuable asset on structured deals’; he recently advised the initial purchasers on a $1.4bn senior notes offering related to Meredith Corporation’s acquisition of Time. The group’s ability to plug into its global network on cross-border deals is also a recurring theme among sources; in a recent example of its multi-jurisdictional strength, Cobb acted alongside the London office to advise Goldman Sachs, as representative for the initial purchasers, on Dynegy’s $850m private offering. Arturo Carrillo and Latin America head Michael Fitzgerald are also recommended.

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Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Paul Hastings LLP has a dynamic team with experienced lawyers spread across several offices, including New York (where the bulk of the team is based), Los Angeles and Chicago. The team has particular expertise in acting for for major banks in lender-side mandates including refinancings and leveraged buyouts, many of which are sponsor designated. The firm also has a growing practice advising direct lenders, where Los Angeles-based global finance and restructuring chair Jennifer Yount and Bill Brady are names to note. Recent highlights include advising RBC Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities, Barclays Bank and Citigroup Global Markets on the $3.6bn financing for Meredith Corporation's acquisition of media company Time. The practice group has experience acting for corporate and private equity borrowers, which recently included advising Delphi Technologies on a $1.4bn financing linked to its spin-off from Delphi Automotive. The highly rated global leveraged finance practice is jointly led by Michael Baker  and John Cobb.

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