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Robert S. Winner

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5884
Fax: (312) 460-7884
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Robert S. Winner is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, chair of the firm’s Energy and Cleantech Specialty Team and co-chair of the firm’s Immigrant Investment Specialty Team. As a member of the firm's Corporate department, Mr. Winner focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and finance, venture capital, private securities offerings, and general commercial transactions.  Mr. Winner has more than 20 years of transactional experience working with both startups, developers, established privately held companies and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to representing traditional Midwest manufacturing and distribution companies, he represents national energy and clean technologies companies, with a focus on renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, biofuels, biomass and waste-to-energy ventures.  His experience extends to beyond general corporate and M&A practices to negotiating and drafting specialized commercial contracts in project construction and finance, power purchases and related interconnection agreements, technology licenses, and fuel supply contracts.

Mr. Winner has spent an increasing amount of time working with developers, regional centers and project sponsors in the EB-5 financing space, including preparing securities offerings and investment documentation.

Robert S. Winner is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, chair of the firm’s Energy and Cleantech Specialty Team and co-chair of the firm’s Immigrant Investment Specialty Team. As a member of the firm's Corporate department, Mr. Winner focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and finance, venture capital, private securities offerings, and general commercial transactions.  Mr. Winner has more than 20 years of transactional experience working with both startups, developers, established privately held companies and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to representing traditional Midwest manufacturing and distribution companies, he represents national energy and clean technologies companies, with a focus on renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, biofuels, biomass and waste-to-energy ventures.  His experience extends to beyond general corporate and M&A practices to negotiating and drafting specialized commercial contracts in project construction and finance, power purchases and related interconnection agreements, technology licenses, and fuel supply contracts.

Mr. Winner has spent an increasing amount of time working with developers, regional centers and project sponsors in the EB-5 financing space, including preparing securities offerings and investment documentation.

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (1997)
    Editor-in-chief, DePaul Business Law Journal
  • B.A., Washington University (1994)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Nothern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Association for Corporate Growth - Chicago Chapter

Representative Engagements

  • Represented an e-discovery company in connection with the sale of its business to a private equity group.
  • Represented a transportation logistics company in connection with the merger of its business with a strategic publicly traded purchaser.
  • Represented developers of luxury residential, hotel and commercial properties in connection their securities offerings for EB-5 financings.
  • Represented sponsor of a newly-formed oilfield services holding company in connection with a “roll up” acquisition of four oilfield services companies, including a publically traded high yield debt financing.
  • Represented waste-to-energy developer in connection with a multi-plant financing, including multiple tranches of new market tax credit financings, senior and subordinated loan facilities, and equity raises.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer in connection with the acquisition of two national portfolios of suburban office properties, including an equity raise, senior and subordinated financings.
  • Represented a biofuels refinery developer in connection with a joint development to construct a renewable diesel refinery, including equity and construction loan financing.
  • Represented the venture capital arm of a Fortune 500 company as the lead investor in connection with a series of preferred stock and debt investments in various software and hardware companies, including commercial development agreements.

Presentations

  • Presenter, "The Latest in Illinois Public-Private Partnership Deals,” CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable, Chicago, IL (May 2, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Why Acquiring a Company with Workers Can Get You Sued, and What You Can Do About It,"  ACG Chicago Sunrise Session (March 9, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Securities Issues in EB-5,” EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, ILW.COM (September, October and December 2016)
  • Moderator, “Let’s Make a Deal” Panel at 2015 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference (May 2015)
  • Moderator, “The Growing Manufacturing Opportunity in Illinois” Panel at 2014 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable (April 2014)
  • Presenter, “Assessing the Appropriate Development Financing Tool for Energy Development,” at the CDFA Webinar entitled “Intro to Energy Finance” (December 2013)

Publications