René Ghadimi is a corporate attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing a wide variety of clients, including private equity firms, borrowers, and investors. His practice focuses on sophisticated U.S. and international financing transactions, including:

  • leverage cash flow credit facilities
  • asset-based credit facilities
  • acquisition financings
  • recapitalizations
  • bridge facilities
  • second-lien financings
  • subordinated debt instruments
  • mezzanine financings
  • debtor-in-possession financings
  • exit financings



Representative Matters

  • Represented the agent and lenders in a $700 million and a CAD $150 million term loan financing
  • Assisted technology firm in a $2.74 billion amendment and restatement of its senior secured term loans
  • Represented international steel company in connection with more than $1.65 billion of working capital and term loan financing for its U.S. subsidiaries
  • Advised a major publishing company in connection with exit financing aggregating more than $1.2 billion
  • Represented the agent and lead lender in a $320 million senior secured revolving credit facility in favor of a newly formed Cayman Islands private equity fund, secured by interests in commercial real estate ventures located in Singapore, China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Japan
  • Advised a major middle market lender as borrower in its $1.1 billion senior secured line of credit, $200 million subordinated unsecured revolver, and $300 million senior revolving credit facility
  • Assisted a diversified manufacturer of industrial components in the issuance of $150 million of floating-rate notes in an asset-backed securitization of trade receivables
  • Advised a major hedge fund in a $350 million conduit warehouse facility and the establishment of a platform for a take-out securitization involving multiple Cayman Island and Luxembourg issuers

Prior Experience

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Counsel, 2008-2015
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, Partner, 1998-2008
  • Schwartz Cooper Greenberger & Krauss, Associate, 1992-1998
  • Ingeborg Laboratories, Inc., Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, 1984-1989




News & Insights


  • René Ghadimi and Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D.’s moves to Honigman are mentioned in the Chicago Lawyer article “Firm Life: News and notes from the legal community”
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  • René Ghadimi’s move to Honigman is featured in the The Deal article “Movers & Shakers”
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Press Releases


  • Common Mistakes Under the Uniform Commercial Code
    Publication | The Secured Lender | May/June 2009
  • Distinguishing Between Securities Accounts and Deposit Accounts Under the UCC
    Publication | Illinois Bar Journal |

Seminars & Events

  • Loan Documentation Workshop
    Event | Chicago, IL | October 15-17, 2012 | | Moderator and Presenter
  • Structuring Finance Transactions
    Event | Chicago, IL | | | Presenter
  • Personal Property Collateral
    Event | Chicago, IL | | | Presenter
  • Perfecting in Unusual Collateral
    Event | Chicago, IL | | | Presenter
  • Issues Relating to Intangible Collateral
    Event | Rosemont, IL | | | Presenter
  • A Primer on Structured Finance
    Event | Arlington Heights, IL | | | Presenter
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