THE FIRM This group is highly respected for its representation of lenders and debt investors, and has the prowess to handle complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional debt financing transactions. It recently advised RBS Citizens in relation to a $500 million revolving credit facility for The TJX Companies. Other notable clients include Bank of America and Ares Capital.
Sources say: "These attorneys are extremely dedicated, smart, and friendly." "They are commercial and understand the points that clients care about."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Market observers are quick to identify Edwin Smith as "the East Coast guru on UCC matters." "An outstanding lawyer and a thought leader," he further impresses clients by being "very easy to work with." He splits his time between Boston and New York, and cochairs the firm's financial services department.
The "excellent" Amy Kyle co-leads the banking and leveraged finance group. She has specialist expertise in the transportation industry, with recent work highlights including representing Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a $900 million financing for truck company Ryder System.
Ian Wenniger is held in high esteem by peers and clients, and maintains a broad base of expertise. He regularly acts for lenders, mezzanine investors, equity sponsors and borrowers on acquisition, recapitalization and leveraged financings.
The "articulate and thoughtful" Neal Curtin is a "strong advocate for his client while remaining realistic in his approach," agree interviewees. His core focus is on advising banks and financial institutions on corporate and regulatory matters. In one recent matter, he advised Bank of Fukuoka on the establishment of a US office in New York.