Seth Jacobson is global co-head of Skadden’s Banking Group. He represents lenders and borrowers in connection with various types of sophisticated financing transactions in a wide variety of industries.


Mr. Jacobson's typical transactions include acquisition financings, leveraged loans, asset-based loans, complex intercreditor arrangements and leasing arrangements.

Significant transactions include the representation of:

  • Ball Corporation in connection with a $3 billion multicurrency revolving credit facility and a £3.3 billion “certain funds” bridge facility to finance its proposed acquisition of Rexam PLC;
  • The Hillshire Brands Company in connection with commitments for a $4.8 billion senior secured term loan and a $500 million senior secured revolving credit facility to support Hillshire’s proposed acquisition of Pinnacle Foods;
  • J. C. Penney Company in connection with its $2.35 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility and term loan;
  • Florida East Coast Industries and Florida East Coast Holdings Corp. in connection with a $1.1 billion senior note offering;
  • All Aboard Florida in connection with a $405 million senior note offering to finance construction of a new passenger railroad in Florida and a related $100 million of railcar financing;
  • Bank of America, N.A. in connection with its $1.4 billion asset-based loan used as acquisition financing to support the combination of xPedx (a division of International Paper) and Unisource, Inc.;
  • Bank of America, N.A. and Deutsche Bank AG in connection with a $1.25 billion credit facility for the Algeco Scotsman Group;
  • Citibank, N.A. in connection with asset-based credit facilities for Harland Clarke Corp., InVentiv Health, Inc. and UTi Worldwide Inc.;
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. in connection with a $1 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility for General Cable Corporation; and
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with a $1.2 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility for Novelis Inc.

In addition to traditional financing arrangements, Mr. Jacobson has extensive experience in aircraft finance transactions and other leasing transactions. Mr. Jacobson represented ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC in its $1 billion leveraged lease financing of geothermal power facilities. In addition, he represented US Airways in connection with various aircraft financing programs, including lease and mortgage financings of more than 85 new Airbus aircraft between 1998 and 2001, and the restructuring of lease and mortgage financing arrangements for more than 200 aircraft during US Airways’ first Chapter 11 proceeding. Mr. Jacobson’s representation of US Airways also included, among other things, structuring, documenting and closing in excess of $2 billion in enhanced equipment trust certificates in both public offerings and private placements, and the negotiation and documentation of its $1.6 billion senior secured credit facility.

Mr. Jacobson has been listed repeatedly in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR1000 and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers.



  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1988 (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1985 (with High Distinction)


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Seth E. Jacobson