THE FIRM Buchalter Nemer's banking and finance practice has a particularly strong local presence, but also acts on behalf of national and international clients of all kinds. Recent lateral hires have significantly strengthened the team which now has 17 partners. It recently represented a national bank on the structuring, negotiation and closing of a permanent loan for the opening of a Native American gaming casino.
Sources say: "They are the best of breed in what they do."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Anthony Callobre recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen and is lauded as a real boon to the team. He is especially strong in handling asset-based lending, syndicated finance and letters of credit. Sources describe him as a "very competent and service-oriented guy."
Robert Davidson works on the negotiation, structuring and documentation of both secured and unsecured financial transactions for significant lending institutions and corporate borrowers. Clients are impressed with his business acumen and describe him as a "thoughtful and practical" attorney.
Practice chair Farhad Bahar is well regarded for his expertise in film finance, and also undertakes work on insolvency matters and workouts. He is "very knowledgeable and well informed about current market dynamics, and is also very pleasant to work with," sources say.
Matthew Kavanaugh focuses on the financing of intellectual property, computer hardware and software and equipment leasing and financing.
Interviewees are impressed with William Schoenholz's practical approach, noting that he is "reasonable and focuses on the important issues."
Los Angeles-based Ariel Berrios is commended for his "ability to grasp the legal issues as well as the business issues, providing sound advice on both." He handles venture lending and leasing and is also experienced in large syndicated transactions.