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    • GDLP, The University of Law of England and Wales, 2009
    • LLB, Cardiff University I Prifysgol Caerdydd, 2008
    • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2000

Gabriel Yomi Dabiri is the Leader of Polsinelli’s Private Credit and Cross-Border Finance practice and Office Managing Partner of Polsinelli’s New York office. Gabriel is dual-qualified, admitted to practice law as an attorney in New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales, and has deep and extensive experience supporting clients on sophisticated cross-border deals.

Gabriel believes that his clients’ interests are best served by establishing a constructive relationship with the team sitting across the table. He leverages his market expertise in both “buy-and-hold” credit strategies and syndicated finance transactions to guide clients on a variety of deals, from the routine to cutting edge. Gabriel advises clients on senior, mezzanine and subordinated loans, unitranche facilities, first lien/second lien facilities, and cash flow, ABL, subscription line and capital call facilities. Gabriel also negotiates complex intercreditor and subordination arrangements on behalf of his clients and supports clients on various debt restructurings and bankruptcies, including negotiating debtor-in-possession facilities and advising clients in connection with sovereign-debt crises.

Gabriel is on the Board and a faculty member of The Black BigLaw Pipeline, a non-profit comprised of senior Black attorneys established to promote positive outcomes for Black attorneys working in large law firms; and is on the Board and the Finance Committee of the Women First International Fund, an international nonprofit that provides micro-financing to women-led grassroots projects that advance the rights of women and girls.

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Gabriel worked for a Magic Circle law firm in London, Singapore and New York, advising clients on domestic and cross-border capital markets and banking and finance transactions, and for leading global law firms in Manhattan, advising premier international financial institutions and corporate borrowers on large and middle market leveraged finance deals.

  • Represented global financial institution in connection with the senior secured financing of up to USD 825 million, secured by assets located across 17 foreign jurisdictions across North America, Europe and Asia. Amounts under the revolving credit facility were in US dollars and euros.
  • Represented leading global alternative asset manager in USD 292 million and CAD 26 million unitranche term loan credit facilities to private equity sponsor in connection with acquisition financing of scaffolding company.
  • Represented a global credit investment platform on and relating to a USD 240 million senior secured term loan and a USD 15 million revolving credit facility to an enterprise information management and IT system management solutions company.
  • Represented global credit investment platform in connection with a USD 250 million senior secured second-lien term loan facility to a distressed energy company with assets in Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.
  • Represented global banking and financial services institution in acquisition financing by an energy and power-focused private investment firm. The financing consisted of a USD 170 million term loan facility and a USD 25 million revolving credit facility.
  • Represented global banking and financial services institution in the origination and syndication of term loan credit facilities in aggregate amount of USD 140 million to a real estate investment trust that owns a diversified portfolio of luxury hotels.
  • Represented private equity and venture capital firm focused on biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and health care services, on a USD 100 million bridge to permanent senior secured term loan facility to a pharmaceutical research and development company based in the Netherlands.
  • Represented leading global alternative asset manager in USD 50 million senior secured second-lien term loan facility to a business automation software company.
  • Represented information technology company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, which included USD 45 million debtor-in-possession financing.
  • Represented a foreign-based credit investment platform on a USD 8.5 million second-lien term loan to a US-based fintech SME.
  • Represented a South American shipping company client on a series of asset finance transactions involving the acquisition of cargo vessels delivered in Taiwan by virtue of financing from a French bank, security located in New York and the Isle of Man and subsequent drawdowns on related revolving credit facilities.
  • Represented a global financial institution in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of equipment manufacturers providing advanced oilfield equipment and technology to North American and international customers.
  • Represented a US commercial bank on structure and mechanics in the purchase of a specialist asset-based lending division of a commercial bank located in the United Kingdom. The sale was part of a deleveraging and divestiture program required by the European Commission following the bank’s acceptance of state aid during the financial crisis.
  • Represented a private equity sponsor on a project finance transaction governed by a suite of senior credit facilities relating to the expansion of an oil refinery in South America.
  • Represented manufacturing company involuntary Chapter 11 reorganization and subsequent emergence from bankruptcy.
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February 8, 2021
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May 14, 2020
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April 2, 2020
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Controlled Foreign Corporations: The Deemed Dividend Dilemma
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