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Robert P. Zinn

Practice Area Leader - Corporate
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Bob Zinn is a board-level strategic corporate legal advisor. He provides transactional and interdisciplinary advice on important business challenges and opportunities, Mr. Zinn's experience includes M&A, financial restructuring (typically out of court), corporate finance (including strategic and venture capital investments, debt financings and public offerings), as well as corporate governance and commercial matters.

Mr. Zinn’s practice is global and includes private as well as public middle market and large companies, start-ups and other emerging growth companies. He also represents restructuring advisors, investment banks and private equity and other investors in transactions and financial restructurings. Industries served include manufacturing and industrials, technology, metals and mining, financial services (including fintech), healthcare, and events.

Mr. Zinn has served as lead counsel on hundreds of domestic and cross-border transactions, from very small deals to those valued up to approximately $5 billion. Publicly announced transactions in 2019 in which he was lead counsel include a € 2.25 billion restructuring of a global metals company, a carve-out divestiture of an advanced manufacturing company with operations on four continents, and a $145 million cross-border sale of a leading events industry company.

Mr. Zinn has particular experience with large family owned enterprises. Working with multiple stakeholders and other advisors, he regularly assists with the design and implementation of needed transitions and navigating challenging business and industry conditions.

Mr. Zinn has represented numerous operating companies and investors, including private equity and hedge funds, in acquisitions and dispositions of distressed companies, including 363 sales. He has substantial experience in debt and equity restructuring, modification of executive compensation and employment arrangements, disclosure issues, tax planning, fraudulent conveyance, look-through and successor liability analysis and planning, including with respect to environmental, toxic tort and pension funding liabilities, director and officer liability issues, insurance coverage litigation (solely on behalf of companies), related party transactions, and fairness, solvency, and valuation opinions.

Achievements

Mr. Zinn had been consistently recognized for the past two decades as a leading corporate lawyer by peer publications, including:

  • Legal 500: “Leading lawyer” for M&A: Middle-Market ($500-$999mm), one of 15 lawyers in the United States recognized in 2019.
  • Chambers and Partners: “Notable practitioner” for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity. In its most recent edition, Mr. Zinn is described as “extremely knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic” and “noted for his work across a range of matters including financings, acquisitions and restructurings.”
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s selection of K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year,” recognized the firm and Mr. Zinn for a leading global, middle market M&A practice.
  • Global M&A Network’s Top 50 North American M&A Lawyers, part of the Top 50 Americas Dealmakers List.

Mr. Zinn is co-leader of the firm’s corporate practice (since 2007), a former member of the firm’s management committee (2007-2019), and co-leader of the firm’s manufacturing/industrials and fintech industry groups. Mr. Zinn is a frequent speaker and author on such topics as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and financial restructurings.

Restructuring Engagements
  • Advised Howard M. Meyers, controlling shareholder and CEO, and various affiliated companies in successful out-of-court workout and pre-packaged bankruptcy of €2.25 billion of indebtedness of EB Holdings II, Inc.
  • Represents Carl Marks & Co., merchant bank and restructuring investment banking firm on wide range of matters, including restructuring engagements and investments.
  • Lead counsel to family-owned deep discount chain, with approximately 100 stores. Worked with family following an internal restructuring to recapitalize the company and devise management succession and exit planning alternatives, resulting in a sale of the company for 150% of the amount initially anticipated.
  • Company counsel to Pacific USA (PUSA) in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of U.S. subsidiaries of Taiwanese parent made possible by getting Taiwanese banks to fund a significant recovery to the otherwise out of the money U.S. bondholders.
  • Lead counsel to Simmons Company, a leading bedding manufacturer, in successful out of court debt restructuring of senior and subordinated credit facilities following a leveraged acquisition of the company, including targeted dispositions and sale of controlling interest to a private equity firm.
  • Corporate counsel to ESOP trustee of leading strategic management consulting firm in successful recapitalization of the firm involving restructuring of outstanding debt, changes to the capital structure and executive compensation and governance matters.
  • Senior legal advisor to Glass & Associates, turnaround management and restructuring advisory firm, including on numerous restructuring engagements, acquisitions of other restructuring firms and ultimate sale to Huron Consulting.
  • Corporate counsel to board of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation exiting a successful Chapter 11 reorganization, including with respect to capital structure, executive compensation matters and IPO. Innovated what is believed to be one of the earliest NOL “poison pills”.
  • Lead corporate counsel in successful out of court restructuring of Crucible Materials including work-out of senior debt facilities, equity recapitalization and modification of governance and executive compensation arrangements.
  • Board counsel to Northwestern Steel and Wire Company, owned by a private equity firm, an ESOP organized by the US Steelworkers and management, in a successful out of court restructuring.
  • Acted as lead company counsel in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of Busy Beaver Home Building Centers, a regional DIY chain.
  • Senior legal advisor to leading Swedish conglomerate as 100% owner of precision forging company, in successful out of court restructuring of the company, implemented through a highly structured sale coupled with renegotiation of collective bargaining arrangements, key customer contracts, and executive compensation arrangements.