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Robert T. Castor

Bob Castor focuses on the representation of financial institutions and other non-bank creditors in commercial lending and structured finance transactions, including asset-based credit facilities, second lien and mezzanine facilities, loan syndications, real estate secured facilities and general commercial lending transactions.

Bob also has a significant focus on commercial real estate lending, representing lenders and developers in connection with construction and permanent loans, state and federal historic tax credit projects, and general commercial real estate lending transactions. Bob has closed deals involving a wide variety of properties, including hotel, apartment, condominium, amusement park, golf course, office, retail and other commercial properties.

Bob's practice also includes representing creditors in a wide variety of loan restructuring and workout matters, with an emphasis on forbearance documentation and commercial foreclosure, receivership, bankruptcy and other insolvency-related litigation. Bob additionally represents a number of receivers and has been involved in a number of high-profile receiver's sales of real property.

"Bob is always quick to respond to an inquiry and is concise and effective in his communication. He understands our priorities and is thoughtful in ensuring they are addressed in negotiations."

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"Robert Castor is very accessible, quickly responsive and easy to work with."

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2017

"Clients praise his 'great ability as an adviser,' adding: 'He is positive, knowledgeable, experienced, professional and responsive.'"

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2019

Experience

  • Recapitalization of FinTech borrower

    Represented a privately held borrower in the FinTech space to recapitalize the company, which included amending and restructuring its $40 million corporate credit facility, its $250 million warehouse facility, and multiple warrants for various classes of both common and preferred equity.  In connection with the recapitalization, the firm also restructured the employee equity plan. The lender was a New York-based private equity firm.

     

  • Financing of ambulatory surgery center and medical office building

    Represented a national bank in connection with the $20+ million construction financing of a new medical facility in the Columbus area.

  • Commercial foreclosure in multistate federal court case

    Served as lead counsel to a secured lender on a federal court receivership case involving a broad range of issues across multiple states.

  • Historic tax credit rehabilitation of Short North office and retail space

    Represented a bank in connection with the construction and historic tax credit financing of a retail and office space in Columbus’ Short North district. 

  • Revolving line of credit loan for housing development

    Represented a lender in connection with a $7.5 million revolving line of credit loan for the acquisition and construction of a single family residential development.

  • Electric generation plant

    Assisted in closing in excess of $500 million of debt and equity financing for the construction of an Ohio-based 800 MW electric generation plant on behalf of an energy company. This transaction involved dozens of parties including lenders, equity investors, land sellers, railroads, gas pipeline companies, governmental entities, a title insurer and others.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Graduate, Leadership Columbus Class of 2013
  • Small Group Leader and Coordinator, Vista Community Church, January 2007-present

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Receivership Update", Central Ohio NAIOP, March 2013
  • Speaker, "Receiver’s Sales 101", Central Ohio NAIOP, March 2011
  • Speaker, "Estoppel Certificates/Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements," NBI Commercial Real Estate: Drafting Leases, Worthington OH, October 2008

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association (Section of Business Law, Commercial Financial Services Committee, and Uniform Commercial Code Committee); Ohio State Bar Association (Real Estate Committee); Columbus Bar Association (Real Estate Committee)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Secretary/Treasurer, Young Lawyers Section 2007-2010

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Banking & Finance with a Band 3 ranking, 2018–2020; Up and Coming Ranking, 2016–2017
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Banking; Real Estate: Business), 2019–2020
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law), 2016–2020
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Transactions/UCC Law), 2019
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Banking; Real Estate: Business), 2012–2018

Education

  • Duke University (B.A., political science, 2004); Captain, Men's Varsity Golf Team
  • The Ohio State University (J.D., cum laude, 2007); Managing Editor, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law; Member of Championship Team, ABA Regional Moot Court Competition; Best Overall Award, Lawrence Herman Moot Court Competition