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Robert F. Smith


Represents private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers on a wide range of transactions, with a focus on acquisition and other leveraged finance transactions.

Robert’s practice focuses on the representation of private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in a wide range of U.S. and cross-border transactions, with a particular concentration in acquisition and other leveraged finance transactions. Robert’s sponsor clients have included Atairos, Cornell Capital, Crestview Partners, Lightyear Partners, Metalmark Capital, Tailwind Capital and TruArc Partners.

Experience highlights

Sponsor Representations
  • Corelle Brands, a Cornell Capital portfolio company, in the financing for its acquisition of Instant Brands
  • Lightyear Capital in the financing for its acquisition of Engage PEO
  • Tailwind Capital in its acquisition of Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals
  • Metalmark Capital its acquisition of Camin Cargo Control and disposition of Ni America
  • Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division (PIA) in its acquisition of Genesis Capital and loan assets
  • Crestview Partners in the investment in KSS by FountainVest Partners
Other Notable Representations
  • First Group in its sales of Greyhound Lines, First Student and First Transit
  • Genuine Parts Company in its acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group and the now-terminated combination of its S.P. Richards business with Essendant
  • Hargray Communications in its sale to The Pritzker Organization
  • HSN in its acquisition by Liberty Interactive
  • Huatai in its acquisition of AssetMark Financial
  • Masco in its sale of Milgard Manufacturing
  • MasterCard in its acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and TNS Gateway
  • PGT Innovations in the financing for its acquisition of Anlin Windows & Doors
  • S&P Global in its acquisition of Kensho Technologies
  • Shockwave Medical in a supplemental term loan financing
  • SS&C Technologies in its acquisition of Conifer Financial Services
  • StoneCo in its combination with Linx
  • TE Connectivity in its acquisition of the Creganna Medical Group
  • Technip in its combination with FMC Technologies to form TechnipFMC
  • Tokyo Century in its acquisition of Aviation Capital Group
  • Tyson Foods in its acquisition of Keystone Foods
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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • magna cum laude
  • Dean's List
  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor, The Tax Lawyer
B.A., Political Science and Astrophysics, Williams College
  • with honors
  • Dean's List
Professional history
  • Counsel, 2021-present
  • Davis Polk since 2013
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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