Robert Robbins, Pillsbury’s global Corporate practice section leader, is recognized as a leader in structuring and closing complex mergers and acquisitions and restructurings, and in advising corporate boards.

Bob advises on securities offerings, restructurings, reorganizations and recapitalizations in addition to providing M&A counsel. His clients include major financial institutions, professional services firms, real estate companies, investment management and private investment funds, joint ventures, boards of directors and committees of independent directors. Bob led the Pillsbury team that represented Gmarket, the largest internet auction site in Korea, in its $1.2 billion acquisition by eBay—a transaction Asian-MENA Counsel named among its “Deals of the Year.”

Representative Experience

Crafted an innovative restructuring and recapitalization solution for Berger Group Holdings Inc. involving a first-of-its-kind reciprocal investment program that generated $465 million in new capital through debt and equity investment.

Represented a publicly traded real estate company in responding to a proxy contest led by a shareholder activist.

Advised a foreign investor regarding an Israeli defense contractor’s equity and debt recapitalization.

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  • Represented the acquirer in the reorganization, recapitalization and acquisition of an internationally known health and wellness company.
  • Headed the Pillsbury team representing Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. in its $6.5 billion acquisition by Morgan Stanley Real Estate.
  • Led representation of the special committee of independent directors of Laureate Education Inc. in Laureate’s $3.9 billion acquisition by a management-led buyout group.

Professional Highlights

Recognized by Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity – DC and Investment Funds: REITs – National; Chambers Global, Capital Markets: REITs – USA; and Best Lawyers, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law.

Noted by The Legal 500 U.S. in its Middle Market M&A and REITs categories; and by PLC Which Lawyer in the Corporate/M&A – DC category.

Member of the Pillsbury team that won three “Deal of the Year” awards from M&A Advisor for its groundbreaking work on the Berger Group Holdings Inc. restructuring.

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  • Co-chairs the annual ALI CLE program, “Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements.”
  • Past adjunct professor of securities law, University of Maryland Law School.
  • Associations
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Section on Corporation Finance and Securities Law
    • American Bar Association
    • Section of Business Law
    • Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities
    • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
    • National Association of Corporate Directors


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975
    cum laude

    A.B., Cornell University, 1972
    magna cum laude in Economics, magna cum laude in Psychology, with distinction in all subjects, Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia


  • Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit