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William A. Starshak

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Bill Starshak is a Principal in the firm's Commercial Finance Group. He represents financial institutions in a variety of lending transactions, including cash-flow and asset based loans, unitranche structures, mezzanine financings and leveraged buy-out transactions.

Mr. Starshak has extensive experience working on international finance transactions for both U.S. and foreign financial institutions. Notably, he worked with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to draft its "Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions," which provides a comprehensive blueprint for countries wishing to modernize their secured transactions regimes.

Additionally, he has represented private equity funds and corporate clients in financing transactions as well as in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr. Starshak has been individually ranked in Chambers USA for his work in Banking & Finance Law every year since 2014. Since 2009, he has been recognized annually as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate Finance and International Business & Trade Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers.

Mr. Starshak is one of the firm's liaisons to Meritas, a global alliance of leading independent law firms. He served on the Board of Directors for Meritas from 2013 to 2016 and was a member of the Meritas Global Strategy Committee from 2010 to 2011.

Mr. Starshak speaks often on cross-border lending issues throughout North America and Europe. He has been a regular presenter at various Meritas events and is also a frequent panelist at the Secured Finance Network’s International Asset Based Lending Conference. A sampling of his presentations includes:

  • Moderator, "Building Co-Lender Relationships in Cross-Border Deals," the Secured Finance Network's Cross-Border Lending Summit, New York, Sept. 10, 2014.
  • Moderator, "Cross Border Lending in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia," at the Secured Finance Network's 5th Annual International Lending Conference, London, June 2011.
  • Moderator, "Due Diligence Issues in Cross Border Loans," the Secured Finance Network's 5th Annual International Lending Conference, London, June 2011.

His published articles include:

  • "Measure Twice, Cut Once: Five Key Issues That Should Be Evaluated Upfront When Assessing a Cross-Border Lending Transaction," co-authored with Jonathan Cooper, The Secured Lender, July 2012.
  • "The Next Phase of Secured Lending Reform in Mexico," The Secured Lender, July 2012.

Prior to joining Goldberg Kohn in May 2003, Mr. Starshak practiced law with an international law firm in Chicago. He has also practiced in Germany and London, and participated in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program in Germany in 1999-2000. 

Mr. Starshak received his law degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1999, and his B.A. in Foreign Affairs and History, with high distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1994. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York.

Outside the practice of law, Mr. Starshak is a founding member of the U.S. Soccer Development Council of the United States Soccer Federation, and is a member of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister Cities Committee.

Languages: German

Representative Matters

  • Represented U.S. and Canadian administrative agents in connection with the provision of a $435 million asset-based credit facility provided in connection with a material acquisition in North America.  Negotiated split lien intercreditor agreement with senior secured noteholders.
  • Represented administrative agent on a $550 million asset-based credit facility. Negotiated split lien intercreditor agreement with term loan agent. 
  • Represented U.S. and Canadian administrative agents with the provision of a $450 million asset-based facility. 
  • Represented administrative agent in connection with global going private transaction, which included the perfection of collateral in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • Represented administrative agent on an asset based credit facility in the United States and four Caribbean jurisdictions.
  • Represented U.S., and European administrative agents on a $180 million asset-based credit facility with borrowers in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom.
  • Represented U.S. and Canadian administrative agents in the provision of cash flow credit facility which included the perfection of collateral in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Ireland and Israel.
  • Represented lender in connection with the provision of a $106 million credit facility to a tier one private equity fund.
  • Represented first out lender in connection with its position in a unitranche credit facility during a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
  • Advised United States and European clients on complex cross-border asset-based lending structures in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

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Education

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with high distinction, Foreign Affairs and History, minor in Economics, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Professional Activities

  • Meritas, Board of Directors Member (2013-2016); Global Strategy Committee Member (2010-2011)
  • U.S. Soccer Development Council of the United States Soccer Federation, Founding Member
  • Chicago-Hamburg Sister Cities Committee, Member

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55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196
Email: info@goldbergkohn.com

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