Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1983

Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1978

Admitted

Illinois

Rafael Cook is a partner in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Department and his practice focuses on structuring and documenting secured credit transactions.

Rafael has been practicing law since 1983 when he joined Chapman and Cutler LLP. A large portion of his practice consists of representing the agent bank in syndicated loan transactions and in loan restructuring and work-out transactions. Rafael also frequently provides advice on the application of the Federal Bankruptcy Code to payments made with respect to debt securities.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented the agent in a $300 million syndicated secured revolving credit facility to a dairy cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $275 million syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility to a Midwest wholesale grocery cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $225 million syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility to a West coast wholesale grocery cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $140 million syndicated secured revolving credit facility secured by all assets of a Midwest agricultural chemical cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $125 million syndicated secured revolving credit facility secured by all assets of a Midwest agricultural chemical cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $47.5 million syndicated secured revolving credit and term loan facility secured by all assets of a Midwest wholesale grocery cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $63 million syndicated secured revolving credit and term loan facility secured by all assets of a wholesale grocery cooperative locate in the Pacific Northwest
  • Represented the lender in a $10 million bilateral unsecured revolving credit facility for a West coast wholesale grocery cooperative
  • Represented the agent in a $420 million revolving credit facility and a $210 million term loan facility to a chain of grocery stores to finance the acquisition of over 100 retail grocery stores secured by substantially all of the personal property of the borrower and its subsidiaries and mortgages on the acquired retail grocery stores
  • Represented the agent in a $400 million term loan facility and a $200 million revolving credit facility to a large sugar company secured by substantially all personal property of the borrower and its subsidiaries and mortgages on 180,000 acres of agricultural real estate
  • Represented the agent in a $200 million revolving credit facility and a $200 million term loan facility used to recapitalized a privately held poultry company secured by substantially all of the personal property of the borrower and its subsidiaries and certain real property mortgages
  • Represented the agent in a $400 million unsecured revolving credit facility for a publicly traded specialty food company guarantied by certain of its subsidiaries
  • Represented the agent in a $300 million revolving credit facility for a publicly traded poultry company secured by substantially all of its personal property
  • Represented the agent in a $160 million revolving credit facility for a grain milling company secured by its inventory and accounts receivable
  • Represented the agent in a $150 million term loan facility and a $10 million revolving credit facility that financed the recapitalization of an investment management firm that was secured by substantially all of the personal property of the borrower and certain of its affiliates
  • Represented the agent in a $150 million revolving credit facility for a securities broker-dealer and a European subsidiary secured by marketable securities
  • Represented the agent in a $140 million unsecured revolving credit facility for a west-coast chemical company
  • Represented the agent in a $450 million debtor-in-possession credit facility for a publicly traded company
  • Represented the agent in restructuring a $325 million revolving credit and term loan facility secured by all real and personal property of a biogenetic company and certain of its subsidiaries, including stock of foreign subsidiaries and intellectual property in various South American and European countries
  • Represented the agent in restructuring a $255 million revolving credit and term loan facility, drafting a debtor-in-possession credit agreement and providing a post-bankruptcy secured revolving and term credit facility for a sugar company and its subsidiaries
  • Represented the agent in restructuring a $200 million revolving credit facility and drafting a $37.5 million debtor-in-possession credit agreement for a fertilizer company secured by substantially all real and personal property of the borrower and its subsidiaries