Michael D. Robson

Michael D. Robson

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Michael D. Robson focuses his practice on corporate, project, and structured finance transactions (both domestic and cross‑border), including public-private partnerships and lease finance transactions. Michael’s representation of insurance companies, finance companies, and institutional investors focuses on private placements of debt, both secured and unsecured; complex project and facility financings; real estate transactions; equipment financings; and credit tenant loans. A considerable amount of his practice involves energy and infrastructure financings and includes advising, structuring, and documenting debt offerings and financing arrangements; negotiating lenders’ interests in project-related agreements; and structuring transactions to attain requisite credit ratings on debt securities from the rating agencies.

Michael also reviews leases and project-related agreements, negotiates and documents financing arrangements, and advises on NAIC-governed "Schedule D" bond transactions.  Additionally, Michael represents lessees, including several Class I railroads, and debt investors in leveraged lease, synthetic lease, single investor lease, and capital lease transactions, involving a variety of assets.

Concentrations

  • Corporate finance and securities
  • Domestic and cross-border institutional private placements
  • Energy and infrastructure finance
  • Hydro / renewable
  • Credit tenant loans
  • Lease finance (including build-to-suit)
  • Project finance
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Sports finance
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented institutional investors in connection with $750 million secured debt financing with respect to the acquisition of a portfolio of 13 hydroelectric projects totaling approximately 400 MW located in the Northeast, including one of the largest conventional hydroelectric stations in the Northeast.
  • Represented institutional investors in connection with $140 million secured debt financing with respect to a portfolio of 46 hydroelectric projects totaling approximately 133 MW located across 10 states in four power markets.
  • Represented institutional investors in connection with secured debt financing of a public-private partnership (P3) with respect to the acquisition of a long-term concession for the operation of a toll road located near a major metropolitan area in the Midwest.
  • Acted as counsel to debt investors in connection with an approximately $660 million construction financing of a public-private partnership (P3) with respect to the University of California’s Merced Redevelopment project. This transaction was recognized as the North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year award at the annual IJGlobal Americas Awards in 2017.
  • Represented institutional investors in connection with a US $941.5 million, €50 million and SEK1.52 billion cross-border private placement secured debt financing for one of the largest electricity distribution system operators in Scandinavia.
  • Represented institutional investors in connection with £314 million cross-border private placement secured debt financing for the operator of a high speed rail line operating in Europe.
  • Represented institutional investors in connection with US $75 million and €260 million secured debt cross-border private placement debt financing for a Finnish electricity distribution company.
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to $140 million senior secured notes related to 13 hydroelectric facilities located in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to $140 million senior secured notes with respect to nine hydroelectric facilities located in Maine, with a combined nameplate capacity of approximately 70MWs.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to $236.5 million senior secured notes secured by two 200MW peak generating facilities and contracts-for-differences entered into with a northeastern utility.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to cross-border private placement of €450 million and $40 million senior notes of a passenger rail operator in Europe with the notes being secured by rolling stock located in multiple jurisdictions within Europe and guaranteed by the parent of the operator.°
  • Acted as counsel to a major energy company in an approximately $190 million synthetic lease financing of its corporate headquarters.°
  • Acted as counsel to a Midwestern utility in the acquisition of an approximately 600MW combined cycle generating facility, which transaction was structured as the purchase of the equity interest of the owner of the facility.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to $540 million senior secured notes in connection with financing a participant’s interest in a 900MW coal-fired power plant, secured in part by a power purchase agreement entered into with a southeastern electric cooperative, and credit enhanced by a guarantee of payment by the investment grade parent during the construction period.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors in an approximately $89.5 million financing with respect to the construction of student housing facilities on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors in an approximately $33.4 million credit tenant loan financing with respect to the construction of apartments and retail space and related improvements for a major university in the southwest United States.
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors in an approximately $13 million credit tenant loan financing of an office building in Ohio.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors with respect to $84 million credit tenant loan build‑to‑suit construction to permanent financing of the expansion of a state medical school campus.°
  • Acted as counsel to Class I railroad in connection with the Chicago to St. Louis high speed rail infrastructure project.
  • Acted as counsel to Class I railroad in connection with a lease financing of $652 million of locomotives.°
  • Acted as counsel to a Class I railroad in the acquisition, construction, and development of a major intermodal facility.°
  • Acted as counsel to the lessee in the leveraged lease financing program of locomotives and rolling stock with public debt and privately placed equity for one of the largest U.S. railroads.°
  • Acted as counsel to the lessee in the financing of two separate corporate aircraft.°
  • Acted as counsel to the lessee in refinancings of the debt portion of leveraged lease financings of locomotives and rolling stock with private debt for two of the largest U.S. railroads.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional debt investors in a private placement of senior notes secured by marine vessels with a parent guaranty.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors in approximately $200 million senior notes secured by certain pledged stadium revenues with respect to sports arena in Massachusetts.°
  • Acted as counsel to institutional investors in approximately $190 million senior notes secured by certain pledged stadium revenues with respect to an NFL franchise.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Robson prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American College of Investment Counsel

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law School, 1999
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1995
Admissions
  • Illinois