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John F Hilson

Senior Counsel, Corporate Department
Los Angeles
515 South Flower Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Fax: 1(213) 996-3300


John Francis Hilson is a senior counsel in the Paul Hastings Finance and Restructuring practice and is based in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Hilson regularly represents commercial banks, investment banks, finance companies, and other lenders in acquisition financings, structured financings, and other leveraged finance transactions, including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, and recapitalizations. He also has developed substantial expertise in cross-border international transactions.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, ranked as a "Star Performer" (a rank above the First Tier) in Banking and Finance since 2009

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, listed in Banking and Finance Law and related practice areas since 1993

  • Who's Who Legal, 2012 Edition, identified as one of the most accomplished banking lawyers in California

  • Law & Politics, selected as one of Southern California's "100 Super Lawyers" in 2006, selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" since 2004

  • Global Counsel 3000, identified as a Highly Recommended Banking and Finance Lawyer

  • Euromoney, selected as one of the "Best of the Best US 2006"

  • Martindale-Hubbell, rated AV Preeminent in Banking and Finance


  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 1976

  • Boston University, B.A., 1973 (magna cum laude)

Speaking Engagements

  • Authored the treatise "Asset-Based Lending - A Practical Guide to Secured Financing," Practising Law Institute (7th Ed. 2011), which was cited as authority by Judge Gonzalez in In re Enron Creditors Recovery Corp. (2007 WL 1531611 (Bankr.S.D.N.Y.))

  • Authored numerous other articles, speeches, and essays

  • Prepared materials in connection with panels and lectures before a number of professional and business organizations including the American Bar Association, the California Bankers Association, the Commercial Finance Association, the Financial Lawyers Conference, and the Practising Law Institute


  • Adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches two courses, one on Acquisition Financing Transactions, and the other on Negotiation of Business Deals

  • Member of The American Law Institute

  • Fellow (and former Member of the Board of Regents) of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys

  • Former member of the Advisory Board for the Commercial Law Center at Gonzaga University School of Law

  • Member of the Board of Governors, former member of its Executive Committee, and former President of the Financial Lawyers Conference

  • Member of the American Bar Association, Uniform Commercial Code Committee

  • Member of the American Bar Association, Commercial Financial Services Committee, and former Chair of its Syndications and Participations Subcommittee

  • Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law Committee

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Financial Services
Alternative Lender and Private Credit
Securities and Capital Markets




California Bar


University of Colorado Law School, J.D. 1976
Boston University, B.A. 1973

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