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Robert A. Willner

Robert A. Willner



  • Commercial Finance

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Robert A. Willner is a Shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice Group. Robert provides practical, business oriented, legal advice to his clients on how to best structure, document, and manage their commercial lending transactions. Robert is an expert in a broad spectrum of middle-market, senior and second lien lending, including asset-based lending, cash flow lending, unitranche finance, acquisition financing, dividend recaps, leveraged ESOP finance, lender finance, fund finance (including capital call and subscription facilities, and NAV and hybrid loans), aircraft finance, tech finance, healthcare finance, cross-border transactions, equipment leasing, debtor-in-possession financing, trade finance, and factoring.  Robert is also expert in problem loan workouts and restructurings, liquidations and foreclosures. His clients include commercial banks, alternative lenders, commercial finance companies, equipment leasing companies, factors, and other financial institutions.

Robert is a past Chair of the Commercial Law Committee of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of University Synagogue in Brentwood, California and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, a non-profit corporation charged with overseeing the operations of the landmark Santa Monica Pier.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Loyola Law School
  • University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Practice

Commercial Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Representative Transactions

  • Represented senior lender in $90,000,000 leveraged ESOP facilities, with $20,000,000 accordion, consisting of non-formula revolver, term loan, and day loan, to multi-state petroleum distributor.
  • Represented agent bank in $80,000,000 subscription line of credit, secured by an assignment of capital call rights.
  • Represented senior lender in $80,000,000 unsecured revolving line of credit with $50,000,000 accordion to leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans and flatbeds.
  • Represented senior lender in $38,000,000 commitments consisting of a formula line of credit and cash flow term loan for a manufacturer of power-driven hand tools.
  • Represented first out lender in private equity-backed, unitranche credit facilities consisting of $27,000,000 first out commitments (non-formula line of credit and capex facility) to the leading provider of essential HVAC services in the Southwest market.
  • Represented C&I lender in $25,000,000 non-formula line of credit with $5,000,000 accordion to ESOP-owned pallet rack and steel tube manufacturer.
  • Represented senior lender in $15,000,000 senior commitments consisting of a formula line of credit and acquisition term loan, for a company specializing in the sale and installation of high-end motorized and manual window coverings.
  • Represented asset-based lender in $10,000,000 formula line of credit with cross-border component (Mexico) to a trade services company.
  • Represented asset-based lender in $14,000,000 lender finance commitments, consisting of equipment lease vendor-prefunding and rediscount lines of credit.
  • Represented senior lender in $20,000,000 mortgage warehouse line of credit to mortgage originator.
  • Represented equipment lessor in negotiating its rediscount agreements with its multiple funding sources.
  • Represented lender in financing the purchase of a corporate aircraft, secured by the aircraft.


Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program FAQs Regarding Restrictions on Underlying Credit Facilities for MSELF Loans; Co-Borrower Requirements; Obtaining Information About Core Rights Acts; and Requiring Disclosure of LIBOR Reset Information when Selling Loan Participations to the Main Street SPV
Buchalter, November 2020

The Federal Reserve has issued amended FAQs for the for-profit and non-profit Main Street Lending Programs...

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