Robert V. Sartin
Robert is the chairman and a member of Frost Brown Todd. Robert moved to Nashville from Lexington in 2011 to help expand the firm's presence in the Nashville market. Robert maintains a Lexington office where he served as the Member-in-Charge from 2008 until late 2011 when he relocated to Nashville. Robert serves on the firm's nine-person Executive Committee and has previously served on the firm's Strategic Planning, Finance and Advancement Committees. He co-chairs the firm's Automotive Industry Team.
Robert has 17+ years experience representing companies and chapter 11 debtors in a wide variety of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, debt transactions, bankruptcy and tax matters. Robert has experience in automotive, biopharmaceuticals, coal, equine, health care and telecommunications.
Representative Client Matters
Serves as Frost Brown Todd's service team leader for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. and leads Frost Brown Todd's representation of Toyota, with an emphasis in supplier and risk management matters.
Represents other OEMs and Tier suppliers in mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management and various other business matters.
Serves as lead outside counsel to a Louisville telecommunications company. Robert helped lead a management buyout of the company from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2003 and has continued the representation with matters involving multimillion-dollar private placements, secured debt financings, asset and stock acquisitions and a recent reverse takeover merger with a public company.
Represents and has represented large coal companies in general corporate matters including secured debt financings, coal lease issues, corporate restructurings and asset and stock acquisitions. Representative transactions range from $5 million to $860 million financings and/or acquisitions.
Serves as lead outside counsel to international veterinarian equine practice, having represented the company in converting from a corporation to a limited liability company; negotiating member buy-ins and buy-outs; corporate refinancings and other corporate matters.
Serves as lead outside counsel to a medical device start-up company having represented the company in all phases of the start-up including a multimillion-dollar private placement; interaction with patent counsel; negotiating buy-sell and other operating agreement matters; and negotiating hospital servicing agreements.
Serves as lead outside counsel to a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies. Previously represented the founder from early stage venture funding through a strategic alliance with a large multinational to the successful sale to a Taiwanese company.
Highlights & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2006-2018
- AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
- Mid-South Super Lawyers® 2012-2014, 2017
- BTI Client Service All Star, 2014
- Nashville Post In-Charge, 2013, 2014
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
- Louisville's largest law firm has a new chairman
- Driverless cars ahead
- Is Nashville Emerging As The Auto Industry’s Southern Hub?
- AutoConnect 2015 Conference Set For Nashville Kick-off Next Week
- 'All sorts of Implications'
- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander addresses auto industry leaders
- Nashville touted as new auto industry leader
- A chance among change
- Cluster question
- Nashville Post's 2013 In Charge
- Law firms value more modern design with shared spaces
- Theresa Canaday Appointed Chair of Frost Brown Todd’s Litigation Department
- Frost Brown Todd Elects Robert V. Sartin as Chairman
- Frost Brown Todd Nashville Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® and Mid-South Rising Stars®
- 161 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
- Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® and Mid-South Rising Stars®
- 168 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
- 175 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- 8 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Named to Mid-South Super Lawyers®; Two Attorneys Named to Rising Stars®
- Frost Brown Todd’s AutoConnect Raises the Standard for Auto Industry Dialogue and Networking
- 175 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015
- Frost Brown Todd’s Robert Sartin Named 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star
- Six Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Named to Mid-South Super Lawyers®
- Frost Brown Todd brings together auto industry heavy hitters to exchange ideas
- 172 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers®
- Robert V. Sartin Named to Frost Brown Todd Executive Committee
- 167 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Best Lawyers®
- 42 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® for 2012
- 150 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2012 Edition
- Robert V. Sartin Joins Nashville Office
- 145 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2011 Edition
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- The Lexington Polo Club, President, 2008; Treasurer, 2007
- Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2009
- Bluegrass Tomorrow, 2008-2010
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Author: Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy for a Distressed Business Requires Knowing and Understanding the "Why"
Co-Author: "Bankruptcy Issues for the Real Estate Practitioner", Kentucky Real Estate Law & Practice, Fourth Edition, Vol. II
Inside the Minds: Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses, Aspatore, 2012 Edition.
Speaker: Current and Emerging Issues in Small Business and Individual Reorganizations
73rd Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit
Detroit, MI, 5/13/2015
Speaker: Buy-Sell Creditor Protection Planning and Other Legal Topics
Hosted by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Veterinary Management Group Conference
Oklahoma City, OK, 1/21/2011
Portland, ME, 8/17/2007
Author: A Practical Approach to Financial Restructuring and Commercial Bankruptcies in the Automotive, Coal, and Equine Sectors
Inside the Minds: Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses, Aspatore, 2010 Edition.
Speaker: Preference Strategies and Other Insolvency Issues for Creditors
30th Mineral Law Conference
Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 2005
Co-Author and Presenter: Prevent Costly Mistakes Through the Correct Entity Choice in Kentucky
National Business Institute, 2005