Andrew Thomas Gillespie

Andrew Thomas Gillespie


Andrew Gillespie is a financial services attorney in Holland & Knight's Denver office. Mr. Gillespie focuses his practice on credit origination, asset acquisitions and divestitures, and restructuring. He is well-versed in counseling lenders and agent banks originating secured and unsecured loans across a wide range of industries as well as private equity firms and hedge funds in a variety of complex financial transactions.

Mr. Gillespie also spends considerable time advising clients in all aspects of corporate restructuring. He has significant experience representing clients in corporate bankruptcy proceedings, including auctions (363 sales), debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and related litigation, which he brings to bear when assisting clients develop solutions to distressed situations.

During law school, Mr. Gillespie served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Robert L. McGahey Jr. of the 2nd Judicial District of Denver County, Colo. He also was selected for the Academic Achievement Program, in which he student taught first-year property courses to law students.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Gillespie worked in the fields of commercial real estate development, investment and finance. As an analyst for a subsidiary of Credit Suisse, he gained experience underwriting and issuing commercial real estate loans for purchase by institutional investors in the commercial mortgage-backed securities market. Mr. Gillespie leverages this hands-on experience when advising clients.

Mr. Gillespie's representative matters include:

Commercial Lending

  • represented a national banking association as administrative agent and lender in connection with a $125 million delayed draw term loan secured primarily by 22 separate real estate parcels spanning four jurisdictions
  • represented a private investment fund in connection with the acquisition and debt financing of a five-property office and industrial portfolio totaling 1 million square feet located in Maryland, Minnesota and Missouri, for a gross sale price of $84 million

Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Related Litigation

  • represented a minority interest owner in the hostile acquisition of 100 percent of the membership interests of target company after bankruptcy of the target's controlling member
  • represented lenders and agents in restructuring nonperforming loans
  • represented purchasers of distressed companies and assets through 363 sales in Chapter 11 bankruptcies
  • represented creditors in lien priority disputes arising in Chapter 11 bankruptcies
  • represented exploration and production companies in the acquisition of working interests from debtors through Chapter 11 bankruptcies
  • represented creditors in adversary proceedings against avoidance actions including fraudulent transfer and preference claims
  • represented numerous working interest co-owners in securing working interest disbursements during the oil and gas downturn


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D.
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Colorado
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
Honors & Awards
  • Dean's Scholar, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Arthur B. Hayutin Endowed Scholarship, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Best Oralist, Constitutional Litigation Oral Argument Competition, University of Denver Sturm College of Law