THE FIRM Reed Smith has a wealth of talent in the financial services area. It caters to the financing needs of a wide range of industries, including aviation, real estate, infrastructure and media finance. The group recently represented Wells Fargo as the agent bank and lead arranger in a credit facility, valued at $200 million, for a financial services company. The group counts M&T Securities and HSBC among its prestigious client base.
Sources say: "This practice is top-notch; it has extremely responsive attorneys who are solution-focused and helpful in getting deals done while mitigating risk."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lisa Kabnick regularly represents both borrowers and lenders and is known for handling syndicated secure transactions in the areas of healthcare, licensing and manufacturing. "She is client-focused, provides good counsel and is good at handling both clients and other attorneys," notes one source.
Leonard Bernstein founded, and currently chairs, the regulatory practice of this firm's financial services group. His practice focuses on the representation of mortgage bankers and other financial institutions and advising on compliance issues in federal and state matters.
Michael Bleier has significant in-house experience, having previously worked at Mellon, which informs his well-regarded financial regulatory practice.
James Lawlor advises his clients on project financing, commercial and public transactions, and he also regularly acts as counsel for underwriters and borrowers of credit agreements. A recent highlight for him was advising on two secured loans for Consol Energy, valued at $3 billion.
David Surbeck has significant knowledge of syndicated and secured matters, where he is adept in his representation of both lenders and borrowers. "He is very good at providing an overview of the situation and is highly succinct," a client enthused.