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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 Team Leader of Polsinelli’s Private Debt and Alternative Finance practice. 

Gabriel prides himself on the commercial approach that he and his team take on matters, and gets the best deal for his clients by building a good working relationship with those working across the table. Gabriel leverages his market expertise in both “buy-and-hold” private debt strategies and syndicated finance transactions to guide clients on a variety of deals, from the routine to cutting edge. Gabriel’s practice is most concentrated in the growing private debt and alternative finance market, where he regularly 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, and real estate finance transactions. Gabriel also negotiates complex intercreditor and subordination arrangements on behalf of his clients, and has advised clients on various debt restructurings and bankruptcies, including negotiating debtor-in-possession facilities and advising clients in connection with the sovereign-debt crises.

Gabriel’s deals often require coordination with Polsinelli’s Private Equity – Mergers and Acquisitions and Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies teams. Gabriel frequently advises on transactions in the Health Care Services and FinTech sectors, and on matters involving Food Production and Distribution.

Gabriel is dual-qualified, admitted to practice law as an attorney in New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales, and much of his work is cross-border in nature. Both Gabriel’s clients and the deals on which he advises routinely touch jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Asia. 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.

When Gabriel is not devoting his time and expertise on behalf of clients, Gabriel prioritizes being an active member of his community. Gabriel is a member of the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team and served for six years on the Executive Board for the AHA’s Young Professionals. He is a member of the Board for the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, and is on 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.

Gabriel has been recognized as an Empire State Counsel® Honoree by the New York State Bar Association, as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in each year from 2015 to 2020 for client work in Banking, Securities and Corporate Finance, and by The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 for “exemplifying superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in his areas of legal practice.” Gabriel is also 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 a Continuing Legal Education faculty member and presenter for Lawline.com.

  • Represented leading global alternative asset manager in US $292 million and CAD $26 million unitranche term loan credit facilities to private equity sponsor in connection with acquisition financing of scaffolding company.
  • Represented leading global alternative asset manager in US $250 million senior secured second lien term loan facility to distressed energy company.
  • Represented global banking and financial services institution in acquisition financing by an energy and power-focused private investment firm. The financing consisted of a US $170 million term loan facility and a US $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 US $140 million to a real estate investment trust that owns a diversified portfolio of luxury hotels.
  • Represented leading global alternative asset manager in US $50 million senior secured second lien term loan facility to a business automation software company.
  • Represented manufacturing company in voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization and subsequent emergence from bankruptcy.
  • Represented information technology company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, which included US $45 million debtor-in-possession financing.
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Quoted, Bloomberg Law
February 8, 2021
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
May 14, 2020
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
April 2, 2020
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Presenter, Live CLE Webinar, Lawline.com
November 7, 2019
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Controlled Foreign Corporations: The Deemed Dividend Dilemma
Presenter, Live CLE Webinar,  Lawline.com
October 20, 2017