BOB LEWIS is a partner in the firm’s Chicago Global Finance practice and is the former head of the Chicago Global Finance practice. Bob focuses his practice on representing clients in the global financial services industry. This work includes advising a cross-section of businesses, from commercial banks and investment banks to investment funds and multinational corporations. A member of the Global Finance and Capital Markets teams, Bob assists with structuring, negotiating and administering syndicated financings, structured finance transactions, corporate restructurings and workouts, in a variety of industries and sectors. He has addressed a wide range of legal issues in his practice, including those pertaining to commercial, bankruptcy and tax and corporate, trust and securities laws.
Strong leadership in advising clients has earned Bob acknowledgement in a number of industry publications. This includes having been recognized by Legal 500 US 2013–2017 in the area of Finance: Bank Lending (including other sources of financing). Sources told that publication: “The ‘direct and to the point’ Robert Lewis is also commended for his ‘very sound legal advice.’” Bob has been recognized by Chambers USA in the area of Banking and Finance (2016–2023). He was also acknowledged for his finance work in The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards. Bob was part of a team of Sidley lawyers that took first prize in the Global M&A Deal of the Year, Japan (Outbound) category for Sidley’s representation of Beam Inc. in the $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. He was also recognized in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Banking.
Bob has also participated in the negotiation and structuring of cross-border financing and other international corporate transactions for more than 15 years, involving institutions in the United States, Canada, China, Europe and Japan. His broad leveraged finance and structured finance background has enabled him to assist clients in a variety of complex financing structures, including sustainability-linked and ESG-linked financings, leveraged-ESOPs, DIP financings, leveraged recapitalizations, spinoffs, LBOs and MBOs, and an array of diverse asset types, among them corporate service contracts, motor vehicle leases, and structured settlement and lottery cash flows and payment streams.
Bob’s work has spanned a wide range of business arenas, including consumer goods, energy production and distribution, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, mutual funds, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, publishing, real estate and REITs, technology and telecommunications.