Robert G. Robison guides private equity funds through acquisition activities, and counsels public and private companies through strategic acquisitions and divestiture transactions. Bob represents sponsors, strategic co-investors, and management in leveraged buyouts. He also advises clients on financial services transactions, as well as restructuring and workout transactions. Additionally, Bob represents several Asian and European enterprises on their strategic investment activities.
Bob’s cross-border work includes change-of-control acquisitions, minority investments, and joint venture transactions. He also counsels these companies on related corporate matters, such as trademark licensing, products distributions, and technology transfers. He is a member of the firm’s special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Task Force.
Mr. Robison's recent significant representations include:
Far Point Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Dan Loeb and Third Point Capital and Tom Farley, former president of the NYSE, in handling all aspects of its initial business combination with Global Blue, a Switzerland based Silver Lake portfolio company, including counselling its Board through a recommendation change and renegotiated transaction valued at over $2 billion
FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in a definitive agreement and plan of reorganization with Payoneer Inc., a global payment and commerce-enabling platform leveraged by millions of digital businesses worldwide
Apollo Global Management in its $305 million acquisition of Qdoba Restaurant Corporation, a fast-casual restaurant chain, from Jack in the Box, Inc.
Ares Management in its acquisition of Deva Holdings, Inc., a haircare products company
Hostess Brands LLC, the maker of popular snack foods, in its $2.3 billion sale to Gores Holdings Inc., a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group LLC
Apollo Global Management in its $1.36 billion acquisition of The Fresh Market, a gourmet supermarket chain in 27 states
Apollo Global Management in its $410 million acquisition out of bankruptcy of certain assets of the Hostess Brands baked snack food business
Jefferies in its $10 billion merger of equals with Leucadia National Corporation
Perrigo Company in its $160 million acquisition of Velcera
Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of Sprouts Farmers Market
Apollo Global Management in its $975 million sale of Smart & Final Holdings Corp. to Ares Management LLC
Perrigo Company in its $285 million acquisition of Sergeant's Pet Care Products
Ares Capital in its sale of Benefit Mall to Austin Ventures
Apollo Global Management in its sale of CKE Restaurants to Roark Capital Group
University of Chicago Law School, 1977, J.D.
Stanford University, 1974, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2021)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity, The Legal 500 US (2014)