Taylor A. Shea


  • Overview


    Taylor Shea represents privately and publicly held companies in all aspects of corporate and transactional law, including commercial finance transactions, private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. She is a member of the firm's Business Transactions Group and its Manufacturing Industry Team. 

    Commercial and Corporate Finance

    Taylor has a robust commercial and corporate finance practice, representing clients in all aspects of secured and unsecured bank, mezzanine and other senior and subordinated lending. She represents borrowers, banks, funds and other lenders, which provides her with unique insight into how to best structure, negotiate and document financing transactions for her clients.

    Taylor's lending practice also includes representation of lenders and commercial users in precious metal and base metal consignments and dollar finance transactions with primary and secondary precious metal refineries, jewelry manufacturers and reclamation companies.

    General Corporate and Commercial Matters

    Taylor regularly represents clients on general corporate and commercial matters. She knows the importance of understanding her clients’ businesses and the markets they serve, which enables her to provide practical and effective guidance. She has extensive experience representing clients in connection with commercial agreements and corporate governance matters. Taylor represents clients in a range of industries, with a particular focus on clients in the manufacturing industry.

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    Taylor has extensive experience representing corporate clients, equity sponsors and other privately owned companies in a wide range of merger and acquisition transactions, including leveraged buyouts. She is intimately involved in drafting and negotiating the acquisition and financing components of these transactions. Taylor also counsels sponsors and works closely with them in connection with investment purchase agreements, charter documents, stockholder agreements and operating agreements. As a trusted advisor, she provides sound advice and judgment to clients of all sizes.

    Pro Bono

    Taylor is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She also serves as a volunteer attorney on pro bono matters, and frequently mentors junior associates in their pro bono endeavors.  

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented the agent in a multi-lender senior credit facility for a chain supermarket.

      • Represented the agent in a $200 million syndicated credit facility with a $100 million accordion feature, secured by all assets of the borrower, guaranties from the borrower’s affiliates, and pledge agreements with respect to the equity interests of the borrower, the borrower’s parent company and the borrower’s subsidiaries. 

      • Represented the agent in a $75,556,000 syndicated credit facility consisting of a line of credit and three term loans, secured by all business assets of the borrowers, guaranties, and complex real estate collateral for certain of the term loan facilities. 

      • Represented the agent under a $50,000,000 syndicated credit facility, and as a lender under 3 other single lender facilities totaling $27,300,000, in connection with the restructuring of those credit facilities in order to effectuate various changes to the borrower’s corporate structure and capitalization.

      • Represented a dealer-manager in connection with a $42 million public rights offering a bank holding company. 

      • Represented a sales agent in connection with the at-the-market offering of up to $50 million in shares of common stock of a bank holding company.

      • Represented an on-line jewelry retail business in connection with the sale of its business and assets to an acquisition entity.

      • Represented a leading technology-driven healthcare services company in connection with the sale of its business.

      • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of a provider of engineering, design, assembly and integration services for highly-engineered, ruggedized consoles and protective enclosure systems.

      • Represented a public shell company in connection with a reverse merger, pursuant to which its wholly-owned subsidiary merged with and into a leading global provider of educational training seminars, conferences and services.

      • Represented a marketing agency specializing in brand development in the sale of assets, properties, and rights relating to its business.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Small Business Investor Alliance

      American Bar Association
      Business Law Section

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Secretary, Commercial Finance Section (2019 - 2020)
      Business Law Section
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in the 2018 and 2019 Connecticut Super Lawyers list.

      Recognized as a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2020

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Community Housing Advocates, Inc.
      Vice Chair of the Board
      Executive Committee Member
      Chair of Governance Committee

      Junior League of Hartford
    • Publications


      "Agreements Among Stakeholders," published in A Practical Guide to Organizing a Business in Connecticut, co-authored with John B. Lynch Jr. (8/8/13)

    • Presentations


      "The CARES Act and the PPP: Where are we today, and what can businesses expect tomorrow? Part III," as part of a webinar series for business decision makers in closely-held small businesses. (4/29/2020)
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      "Force Majeure and Contract Considerations for Buyers and Sellers In Light of COVID-19," co-presented with Gabrielle R. Mercadante and Jeffrey J. White, presented as a webinar by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. (4/22/20)
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      "The CARES Act and the PPP: Where are we today, and what can businesses expect tomorrow? Part Two," of a virtual discussion presented by the Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz.  (4/15/2020)
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      "The CARES Act and the PPP: Where are we today, and what can businesses expect tomorrow?" presented by the Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz. (4/10/2020)
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      "Force Majeure Both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows," co-presented with Jeffrey J. White, as the first program in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Connecticut District Export Council's free “Coronavirus Special Topic Conference Calls Series.” (3/18/2020)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 2, 2020

        Jeff White and Taylor Shea Quoted on Force Majeure in CT Examiner Article

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 23, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Participate in Volunteerathon

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      • May 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Participate in the Junior League of Hartford’s First Volunteerathon

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      • September 30, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Co-Author Chapter in MCLE Practice Manual

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      R+C News Releases

      • January 10, 2020

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partner and Counsel

      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 17, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Promotes Nine Lawyers to Counsel

      • October 8, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Women’s Networking Event

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      • August 11, 2014

        Taylor Shea Elected to My Sisters' Place Board of Directors

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      • April 6, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes 10 New Attorneys

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    • Newsletters


      PPP Loans: Further Guidance on the “Necessity Certification”, co-authored with Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy, Jeffrey L. Volpintesta, Endicott Peabody IV (Kit) and Michael F. Maglio

      The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, co-authored with Jeffrey L. Volpintesta, Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy and Endicott Peabody IV (Kit) (4/24/2020)

      COVID-19 Relief: Understanding The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program, co-authored with Eric M. Kogan, Michael F. Maglio, Endicott Peabody IV (Kit) and Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy (4/13/2020)

      U.S. Small Business Administration Affiliation Rules and Their Application to the Payroll Protection Program, co-authored with Eric M. Kogan, Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy and Jeffrey L. Volpintesta (4/7/2020)

      COVID-19 Relief: Understanding SBA Loan Opportunities Under the CARES Act, co-authored with Endicott Peabody IV (Kit), Frank W. Eucalitto, Jeffrey L. Volpintesta and Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy (4/1/2020)

      COVID-19 SBA FAQs: Economic Injury Disaster Loans, co-authored with Endicott Peabody IV (Kit), Frank W. Eucalitto, Jeffrey L. Volpintesta and Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy (3/31/2020)

      COVID-19 SBA FAQs: Paycheck Protection Program, co-authored with Frank W. Eucalitto, Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy, Endicott Peabody IV (Kit) and Jeffrey L. Volpintesta (3/30/20)