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Banking & Finance — Pennsylvania


Ballard Spahr LLP - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Excellent team with a deep bench of attorneys handling sophisticated regulatory and transactional work. Provides wide-ranging expertise in consumer finance protection, litigation avoidance and technology-related legal issues. Also offers counsel on syndications and multiparticipant financings, ESOP financing and workouts of troubled loans. Also a strong choice for healthcare lending.

Strengths A satisfied client reports: "They are business-oriented and bring business solutions to litigation, which to me means settling cases as efficiently as possible. They are certainly top attorneys and litigators and top in their field in compliance, and they know very well how to serve a business."

Another source comments: "When dealing with new customers and they ask who is our counsel, there is a sigh of relief when they recognize Ballard's team. It cuts back on difficult negotiating or combative discussion. You can really feel the camaraderie on the deal discussion. Ballard Spahr brings that heightened reputation."

Work highlights Represented PNC Bank as administrative agent and lead arranger for a substantial international revolving credit facility to West Pharmaceutical Services. The $300 million facility involved loans in US dollars and five other currencies, necessitating cross-border collaboration.

Assisted Pepco Holdings in regards to a $500 million senior syndicated term loan facility. The team handled all borrower-side components of the transaction.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Toll Brothers, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Webster Bank.

Notable practitioners

"Very strong banking lawyer" Carl Fridy heads up the transactional finance practice at the firm. His wide-ranging expertise includes tax-exempt bond financings, commercial and asset-based lending, as well as real estate and construction financing.

Steven Miller is well regarded for his knowledge of syndicated secured financing, asset-based lending and healthcare lending, among other specialties. One client observes that "he can get to the heart of a matter without wasting time on the borrower or borrower's counsel side."

Richard Perelman specializes in complex, high-value financings, including revolving credit facilities, existing facility amendments and cross-border currency work. Peers describe him as "a very solid lawyer" in his representation of both borrowers and administrative agents.

Consumer financial services practice head Alan Kaplinsky enjoys an outstanding reputation in the regulatory banking space. "He is probably the most knowledgeable expert for consumer arbitration agreements," reports one impressed client. Kaplinsky maintains an excellent track record of defending financial institutions in class action cases and government investigations.

Jeremy Rosenblum has a diverse and broad-ranging consumer financial services practice and the technical understanding to match. He is a go-to attorney for highly complex regulatory matters and has particularly established himself as an expert in marketplace lending and residential solar energy financing.

Mark Furletti is developing an excellent reputation in the market for his advice on consumer, small business and alternative lending matters. He is particularly well versed in CFPB examinations and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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Blank Rome LLP - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for A preeminent banking and finance practice that represents leading banks and lenders from across the region and country. Particularly well versed in complex financings in the middle and upper middle markets, and excels in asset-based finance, leveraged lease transactions and securitizations. A go-to practice for equipment financing and also highly regarded for its capabilities in bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Strengths One commentator singles out the firm, saying it has "terrific expertise and lots of depth."

Work highlights Acted as lender's counsel for Fifth Third Bank in connection with a syndicated $110 million loan with Bank of America and PNC Bank to DS Containers, a maker of steel aerosol cans. A $50 million revolving line of credit was included in the financing.

Continued to provide counsel to Wells Fargo on a range of financings to corporate borrowers, which included advising on a $100 million revolving facility to Mid Atlantic Finance.

Significant clients Citigroup, Bank of America, California Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Siena Lending Group.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Flick maintains strong roots in the state market even as he tackles work for banking and finance clients nationwide. He is experienced in a broad range of work including reorganizations, commercial lending, asset-based finance and securitizations. He is also cochair of the firm's financial services team.

Michael Graziano is well regarded by peers for his representation of second-lien lenders, banks, commercial finance companies and other institutions. His wide-ranging expertise includes advising on acquisition financing and debtor-in-possession financing.

The "outstanding" Mark Rabinowitz advises a distinguished roster of clients on equipment leasing, loan syndications, and asset securitization, among a range of other commercial and corporate financing transactions. One source describes him as a "very impressive" attorney who has "very good business sense."

Kevin Baum has built a reputation as a good choice for transactional finance work, and is considered by his clients to be "one of the smartest attorneys out there; very knowledgeable when it comes to asset-based lending and security law, as well as very informative and supportive." He typically represents banks, mezzanine lenders, private equity firms and commercial finance companies.

Senior counsel Harvey Forman has been representing institutional lenders such as banks, mortgage and insurance companies for more than five decades. His areas of expertise include loan syndications, restructurings and workouts, asset-based financing and commercial lending.

Bruce Lesser enjoys a strong reputation for his years of work advising lenders and borrowers on the structuring of finance transactions, and is also noted for his advice on bankruptcy and loan workouts. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in financial transactions in the real estate sector.

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Reed Smith LLP - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for One of the leading firms for banking and finance in the Pennsylvania market, providing advice to a number of leading banks and financial organizations. Routinely advises agents and lenders on major syndicated transactions, and is regularly sought after for its expert counsel on intercreditor and mezzanine agreements and complex collateral security packages. Additionally highlighted for its strengths in banking regulatory matters and for its public finance experience, and maintains a fine track record for its work on cross-border transactions.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of private equity sponsor The Brynavon Group on its $17.5 million acquisition of DuraBond. The transaction included negotiating four tranches of fully secured senior debt and layers of diversified subordinated debt.

Counseled UMB Bank as administrative, collateral and intercreditor agent in a $35 million term loan financing that enabled the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians to reopen its casino in California.

Significant clients Wells Fargo Bank, Santander, First Niagra Bank, HSBC, TD Bank.

Notable practitioners

David Surbeck is an established and well regarded figure in the market, who is noted for his strengths in supply chain and commodity financing, municipal finance and restructuring and workouts. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in relation to ESOP financing and UCC issues.

Lisa Kabnick has wide-ranging experience which includes syndicated secured credit transactions and is particularly highlighted for her counsel on cross-border transactions. She acts for financial institutions as well as borrowers in numerous sectors including manufacturers and healthcare.

Up-and-coming attorney Kathryn Nordick is sought after for her counsel to banks and other lenders in secured or unsecured bilateral and syndicated credit facilities. She also comes recommended for her expertise representing professional sports teams and medical device and pharmaceutical clients in financings.

Leonard Bernstein is acclaimed for his advice on consumer credit compliance and acts for a range of banks and mortgage bankers. He is particularly highly regarded for his astute counsel on issues concerning the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for A highly regarded banking and finance team recognized for its expertise in a range of sophisticated transactions and financings including cash flow deals and asset-based loans, leveraged acquisitions and debtor-in-possession financings. Additionally noted for its strengths in equipment and real estate finance, and also maintains a fine reputation for its work in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Also comes recommended for its public finance expertise and maintains a fine reputation for its work in the healthcare and education arenas.

Strengths Market commentators consider Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney "an excellent firm with tremendous experience in Pennsylvania municipal financing."

The firm maintains a reputation among local clients as "a strong regional practice representing both banks and borrowers in the Pittsburgh area."

Work highlights Structured, negotiated and performed all documentation for borrower Black Box Corporation regarding a $200 million revolving credit facility.

Represented Citibank in its capacity as underwriter for $49.4 million worth of general obligation bonds for Delaware County.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo Bank, Citizens Bank, PNC Bank, First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners

James Lawlor handles commerical loan transactions and public finance transactions for a client base including borrowers, lenders and underwriters. One client described their work with Lawlor as "an excellent and highly professional experience," noting: "He is responsive, attentive to needs and requests and gives a high quality work product."

Craig Heryford is an experienced corporate finance practitioner who advises on venture capital financing, as well as private equity transactions and M&A, and is also regularly called upon for his expertise in portfolio investment work by private equity and venture-based investors.

Thomas Galey is well known for his work in syndicated lending and for his experience in debt financing and secured transactions across a diverse array of industries. He is also highly regarded for his restructuring and reorganization work.

Donald Malecki possesses a broad-ranging commercial transaction practice that includes secured and unsecured lending, syndicated transactions and project financing. He predominantly represents financial institutions and secured creditors and is also regularly engaged to handle lending matters involving the coal and oil and gas industries.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Provides a wealth of experience across a comprehensive range of transactions, including syndicated lending, mezzanine debt finance and tax-exempt bond offerings. Routinely advises prominent private equity firms, banks and portfolio companies, and is also highly esteemed for its work in the healthcare, education and energy sectors.

Strengths The firm's service is described as "outstanding," with one client saying that this is due to the the team's "professionalism and commitment. They try hard to learn about our business and understand our particular client needs."

It is considered by another commentator to be "one of the top firms in Philadelphia because they know everyone in the market."

Work highlights Assisted longtime client M&T Bank as lender in financing Greatbatch's $1.7 billion acquisition of Lake Region Medical.

Represented underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the issuance of University of Pennsylvania Health System Revenue Bonds, Series 2016A and B, by Lancaster County Hospital Authority. The value of the bonds issued exceeded $300 million.

Significant clients PPL Electric Utilities, Milestone Partners, Graham Partners, Cott Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Jill Bronson has more than three decades of experience advising on financing transactions and is noted for her adept counsel on domestic and cross-border syndicated financings. One happy client says: "If I ever have a problem, I call Jill first. She has a very good manner in looking out for our interests and negotiating a tough position without alienating the other party."

Charles Congdon is renowned for his strength in bond work and is a go-to attorney for tax-exempt finance and bond issuance by state and local governments. He has significant experience with bonds for healthcare and education institutions and for infrastructure development. One client comments: "He's very knowledgeable about the tax code provisions that are fundamental to understanding how to make the deals work, and very well-connected. Everyone knew him and understood they could work with him, which was very constructive, so we felt we had the right person sitting in that chair."

"Terrific lawyer" Judith Reich represents major financial institutions in commercial loan transactions of all kinds, including syndicated and secured asset-based facilities. She is also recognized for her adept counsel on workouts and restructuring matters.

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Duane Morris LLP - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for A full-service law firm which is widely recognized for its representation of major banks and other financial services entities. Frequently engaged in an array of sophisticated matters, including mortgage lending and restructuring, and also noted for its strength in project finance, particularly in the renewable energy space. Additionally recognized for its strength in banking and finance disputes.

Strengths The team "possesses a strong understanding of our business," reports one satisfied client, who also praises the firm's responsiveness and "practical approach."

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo Bank as lender in establishing a $60 million credit facility to a global leader in the manufacture of zeolites applications.

Defended First Horizon Home Loans against a suit from a private individual following incomplete construction of his property, financed by First Horizon. The judgment of the California Courts set that lenders can protect themselves from the failures of such a residential project.

Significant clients Bank of America, Ocwen Loan Servicing.

Notable practitioners

Dianne Meyer represents both lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured lending, and also has notable experience in domestic and cross-border syndicated transactions. She also comes recommended for her counsel on municipal finance matters and excels in taxable and tax-exempt transactions.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for A well-established banking and finance team advising a loyal client base, including significant commercial finance businesses, private debt funds and mortgage lenders and brokers. Frequently assists in corporate and lending transactions including tax-exempt financing, mergers and asset-based lending deals. A good choice of firm for healthcare and real estate lending transactions.

Strengths One appreciative client states that the team is "large enough in resources to possess the breadth and depth to handle any transaction, yet small enough to provide excellent service without the inefficiency and lack of business judgement larger firms tend to have."

Another impressed client describes the team as "one of the top firms in Philadelphia," further highlighting its "premier practice area in mutual fund work."

Value for money "With many firms we have used, I don't think we are getting two times the value," one client reflects, "but I feel we get two times the value out of Stradley for what we pay."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of DNB Financial in the $49 million stock and cash purchase of startup company East River Bank.

Significant clients Beneficial Bancorp, Bryn Mawr Bank, Customers Bancorp, Fulton Financial Corporation, Meridian Bank.

Notable practitioners

Richard Zucker chairs the firm's financial services practice group. He represents a variety of lenders, in a full breadth of financing deals, including industry-specific work in healthcare lending and real estate finance. His clients are quick to praise his "practical business solutions for conflicts between the bank and the borrower" and consider him "an excellent choice for complex transactions."

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Senior Statesmen

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior counsel Harvey Forman has been representing institutional lenders such as banks, mortgage and insurance companies for more than five decades. His areas of expertise include loan syndications, restructurings and workouts, asset-based financing and commercial lending.

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Senior Statesmen

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Lesser enjoys a strong reputation for his years of work advising lenders and borrowers on the structuring of finance transactions, and is also noted for his advice on bankruptcy and loan workouts. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in financial transactions in the real estate sector.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jill Bronson has more than three decades of experience advising on financing transactions and is noted for her adept counsel on domestic and cross-border syndicated financings. One happy client says: "If I ever have a problem, I call Jill first. She has a very good manner in looking out for our interests and negotiating a tough position without alienating the other party."

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Lawrence Flick II

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Flick maintains strong roots in the state market even as he tackles work for banking and finance clients nationwide. He is experienced in a broad range of work including reorganizations, commercial lending, asset-based finance and securitizations. He is also cochair of the firm's financial services team.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very strong banking lawyer" Carl Fridy heads up the transactional finance practice at the firm. His wide-ranging expertise includes tax-exempt bond financings, commercial and asset-based lending, as well as real estate and construction financing.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Kabnick has wide-ranging experience which includes syndicated secured credit transactions and is particularly highlighted for her counsel on cross-border transactions. She acts for financial institutions as well as borrowers in numerous sectors including manufacturers and healthcare.

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Charles B Congdon

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Congdon is renowned for his strength in bond work and is a go-to attorney for tax-exempt finance and bond issuance by state and local governments. He has significant experience with bonds for healthcare and education institutions and for infrastructure development. One client comments: "He's very knowledgeable about the tax code provisions that are fundamental to understanding how to make the deals work, and very well-connected. Everyone knew him and understood they could work with him, which was very constructive, so we felt we had the right person sitting in that chair."

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Michael C Graziano

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Graziano is well regarded by peers for his representation of second-lien lenders, banks, commercial finance companies and other institutions. His wide-ranging expertise includes advising on acquisition financing and debtor-in-possession financing.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Lawlor handles commerical loan transactions and public finance transactions for a client base including borrowers, lenders and underwriters. One client described their work with Lawlor as "an excellent and highly professional experience," noting: "He is responsive, attentive to needs and requests and gives a high quality work product."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Miller is well regarded for his knowledge of syndicated secured financing, asset-based lending and healthcare lending, among other specialties. One client observes that "he can get to the heart of a matter without wasting time on the borrower or borrower's counsel side."

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Michael J Pedrick

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Michael Pedrick of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known in the market for his "very knowledgable and very practical" approach to handling matters such as syndicated loans, mezzanine, senior and asset-based financings. He is also noted for his strength in workouts and restructuring.

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Richard S Perelman

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Perelman specializes in complex, high-value financings, including revolving credit facilities, existing facility amendments and cross-border currency work. Peers describe him as "a very solid lawyer" in his representation of both borrowers and administrative agents.

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Mark I Rabinowitz

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Mark Rabinowitz advises a distinguished roster of clients on equipment leasing, loan syndications, and asset securitization, among a range of other commercial and corporate financing transactions. One source describes him as a "very impressive" attorney who has "very good business sense." 

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific lawyer" Judith Reich represents major financial institutions in commercial loan transactions of all kinds, including syndicated and secured asset-based facilities. She is also recognized for her adept counsel on workouts and restructuring matters.

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

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Experienced public finance practitioner Joan Stern of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC has a "tremendous reputation" for her bond work and is highly regarded for her counsel in healthcare, education and transportation financing. Her "availability and commitment" set her apart in the eyes of clients, who say her "level of dedication is second to none."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Baum has built a reputation as a good choice for transactional finance work, and is considered by his clients to be "one of the smartest attorneys out there; very knowledgeable when it comes to asset-based lending and security law, as well as very informative and supportive." He typically represents banks, mezzanine lenders, private equity firms and commercial finance companies.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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Thomas Galey is well known for his work in syndicated lending and for his experience in debt financing and secured transactions across a diverse array of industries. He is also highly regarded for his restructuring and reorganization work.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Heryford is an experienced corporate finance practitioner who advises on venture capital financing, as well as private equity transactions and M&A, and is also regularly called upon for his expertise in portfolio investment work by private equity and venture-based investors.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Malecki possesses a broad-ranging commercial transaction practice that includes secured and unsecured lending, syndicated transactions and project financing. He predominantly represents financial institutions and secured creditors and is also regularly engaged to handle lending matters involving the coal and oil and gas industries.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dianne Meyer represents both lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured lending, and also has notable experience in domestic and cross-border syndicated transactions. She also comes recommended for her counsel on municipal finance matters and excels in taxable and tax-exempt transactions.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Surbeck is an established and well regarded figure in the market, who is noted for his strengths in supply chain and commodity financing, municipal finance and restructuring and workouts. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in relation to ESOP financing and UCC issues.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Zucker chairs the firm's financial services practice group. He represents a variety of lenders, in a full breadth of financing deals, including industry-specific work in healthcare lending and real estate finance. His clients are quick to praise his "practical business solutions for conflicts between the bank and the borrower" and consider him "an excellent choice for complex transactions."

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Up and Coming

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Up-and-coming attorney Kathryn Nordick is sought after for her counsel to banks and other lenders in secured or unsecured bilateral and syndicated credit facilities. She also comes recommended for her expertise representing professional sports teams and medical device and pharmaceutical clients in financings.

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