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Banking & Finance — Pennsylvania


Ballard Spahr LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Experienced in representing single-bank and multibank transactions and drafting commercial loan documentation.

Strengths Clients praise the team for providing "high-quality legal support and good practical guidance. The firm is deeply loyal and very client-focused."

Work highlights Represented PNC Bank as borrower in a $22 million asset-based credit facility to an ESOP-owned apparel manufacturer, including analyzing intellectual property rights.

Represented TESSCO Technologies in obtaining a $35 million credit facility from SunTrust Bank.

Notable practitioners

Renowned for his expertise, Carl Fridy heads the transactional finance practice. He represents household-name banks and is described as "incredibly well regarded in Pennsylvania" and a "terrific lawyer with good drafting and communication skills."

Alan Kaplinsky is lauded for his dispute resolution capabilities and for being "a leading expert on arbitration." He has experience in a range of financings and frequently represents marketplace lenders and national banks.

Richard Perelman is extremely proficient in representing both borrowers and lenders in high-value cases. One enthusiastic source states that "he is very client-focused, delivers great service in a timely fashion, has a good negotiating style and is very effective."

A highly regarded figure in bank regulation issues, Jeremy Rosenblum is noted as a "standout" lawyer, with especial knowledge of marketplace lending.

Mark Furletti has particular experience in assisting lenders and investors in high-value financial matters. He is accomplished in the student loan marketplace, including refinancing and share agreements.

Steven Miller is praised by peers as "very practical, very easy to work with and an excellent lawyer." He has worked with both national and regional banks in establishing term loans and credit facilities.

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Blank Rome LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Strong international outlook, representing clients in the technological, construction and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the firm "has a very client-friendly approach to practicing law. The firm values the overall relationship rather than fees - I would highly recommend Blank Rome to others."

Sources note that the team is "highly useful and helpful, with strong partners."

Work highlights Advised PNC Bank as lender of a $20 million revolving credit facility and two term loan facilities to MeriCal.

Advised the US arm of Subaru in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of floorplan loans for Subaru service loaner vehicles.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent attorney" Harvey Forman is hugely experienced in representing lenders and is renowned in the marketplace.

The widely renowned Bruce Lesser has an impressive depth of experience in financing transactions and is described as an "excellent lawyer."

Lawrence Flick is "incredibly well regarded in Pennsylvania." He frequently works with significant clients on high-profile lending matters, as well as having experience in bankruptcy.

Michael Graziano is renowned for his "strong technical knowledge" and is adept at managing international finance deals, distressed sales and commercial lending. He has experience in working with household-name banks in high-value matters.

The "outstanding" Mark Rabinowitz is experienced in acting for both borrowers and lenders with regard to acquisition financings and other high-value loans.

Kevin Baum frequently acts for leading national banks and is the current vice chair of Blank Rome's finance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

We are the preferred destination for most of the prolific banks and lenders, and we structure, negotiate, and document financings including asset-based finance, leveraged cash-flow loans, unitranche facilities, second-lien and mezzanine loans, equipment finance, leveraged lease transactions, securitizations, and structured finance.

We frequently represent secured creditors and debtor-in-possession lenders in Chapter 11 cases, and have a strong name in ship financings, healthcare and technology finance. We are primary finance counsel for several private equity firms for their acquisition financings.

Internationally, we handle transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, among others.

Our “sweet spot” (and most of our work) is the middle- and upper-middle market, in the $50 million to $500 million range. Our key clients support lending to companies in this market.

Several of our attorneys are trained in finance and in bankruptcy/restructuring—distinguishing us from competitors. We frequently represent long-standing clients, including first- and second-lien secured creditors and debtor-in-possession lenders in Chapter 11 cases.

In our consumer finance work, we often analyze regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies, and advise consumer mortgage lenders and servicers in regard to regulatory issues.

Our Pennsylvania-based banking and finance lawyers are concentrated in Philadelphia, with further capability in Pittsburgh.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 "They are a highly talented and experienced group," says a source, adding: "The firm has good bench strength and some of the best lawyers in town."

Satisfied individuals note the firm is "very client-focused and interested in helping in any way possible" as well as being "very responsive and capable; we trust in their legal advice."

Work highlights Represented Calgon Carbon Corporation as borrower in connection with a $400 million credit facility, including a $300 million revolver and $100 million term loan.

Represented PNC Bank as administrative agent in connection with a $1.6 billion senior credit facility.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Galey is thoroughly experienced in representing both borrowers and lenders in the finance space. Clients note his "good technical and substantive knowledge" and say he is a "very experienced and effective attorney - he provides exceptional service."

Donald Malecki has experience represents lending institutions in syndicated loan transactions and both secured and unsecured lending.

Associate-to-watch Megan Thompson is accomplished in handling revolving credit facilities for major banks and is described by clients as being a "pleasure to work with."

About the Team (content provided by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

The attorneys of our banking and finance team earn our clients' trust by  understanding their business and the changes that will impact them. We’re justifiably proud that BTI Consulting Group, well respected for its detailed client satisfaction studies, has ranked us among the top 18 law firms with “the strongest client relationships in Financial Services.” Of Bankrate Inc.’s 2016 Top 10 U.S. banks, we represent all 10. Of the Federal Reserve’s Top 25 Commercial banks as of June 2017, we represent 19. We’re proud of the recognition, of course, but even prouder of our long-term client relationships.

Transactional

We work with many of the largest and most well-respected U.S. and international financial institutions, regional, super-regional and non-bank lending institutions including banks, non-bank and unregulated lenders, non-traditional lenders, thrift institutions, servicers, special-purpose funds, municipal authorities, equipment lessors and lessees, and borrowers in all types of transactions.

Our effectiveness in these areas is enhanced by the breadth and depth of our team and our ability to engage with other practices within our firm to address particular issues as they arise.

Regulatory

Financial service organizations face an ever-changing legislative and administrative landscape. We can help you maintain regulatory compliance and resolve any differences through negotiation and advocacy.


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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Proficient in negotiating revolving credit facilities.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "The firm has a deep bench of practical, solution-oriented lawyers with good business sense in many different areas of expertise."

Clients praise the firm, highlighting its "very thoughtful advice and resourcefulness in its approach to client matters."

Work highlights Advised Quaker Chemical Corporation in a $1.15 billion multinational acquisition financing in connection with its proposed acquisition of Houghton International.

Advised Cott Corporation in amending, restating and extending its $500 million credit facility with JPMorgan Chase.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Jill Bronson is accomplished in cross-border acquisition financings. Clients say that she is "an outstanding attorney and a pleasure to work with" and "solution-oriented with a strong business sense, focusing on the important issues."

Charles Congdon is an experienced corporate finance practitioner, with expertise in bond issuances in the healthcare and education sectors. A client enthuses: "I cannot be more positive about my experience and working relationship with Charlie."

"Terrific practitioner" Judith Reich is knowledgeable in acquisition funding and refinancing matters, frequently working with large national banks and private equity investors. She is noted for being "excellent: she provides great advice and recommendations, works well with opposing counsel and negotiates effectively."

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Reed Smith LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for A fine firm 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. Has significant international reach as well as strong litigation capabilities.

Work highlights Represented PNC Bank as administrative agent, documentation agent and syndication agent in closing a $100 million syndicated revolving credit facility for Amtrak.

Notable practitioners

Leonard Bernstein heads the regulatory practice and is well known in the market for his contribution to the Pennsylvania banking and finance space.

David Surbeck is noted for his expertise in ESOP financing and banking matters related to insolvent companies.

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Duane Morris LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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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, bond offerings and loan sales.

Strengths A source notes that the team consists of "outstanding technical lawyers who also provide great insight and market intelligence - they are extremely responsive and committed to quality of service."

A satisfied client recalls that "Duane Morris and its counsel provided seamless guidance all the way through the process."

Work highlights Represented Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as borrower in an $800 million loan facility transaction to finance capital improvements to a toll road.

Represented Wells Fargo Bank as lender in a $75 million credit facility to a manufacturer of piping systems, with guaranties obtained from affiliates in Belgium and Canada.

Notable practitioners

Clients state that Dianne Meyer is an "excellent attorney with thorough knowledge, who clearly advocates for the client's needs and provides suggestions that are useful in negotiations." She is proficient in representing both borrowers and lenders in the establishment of credit facilities.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

For decades, Duane Morris has provided leading national and international financial institutions with the full range of legal services they require. From commercial loan documentation and workouts to commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy and employment law, Duane Morris offers experienced and comprehensive business and legal guidance for clients in the tumultuous banking and financial services industry. Guiding our service to our bank clients is a simple, unwavering focus on thoroughly understanding their business and providing the legal solutions that enable them to reach their goals. By practicing law this way, we've built strong relationships with more than half of the top 50 U.S. bank holding companies and more than 100 banks and financial services companies.

Range of Services

  • Asset Recovery
  • Bankruptcy and Reorganization
  • Commercial Loan Documentation, Generally
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Residential Mortgage Litigation and Related Matters
  • Employment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Private Equity​

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Team recently bolstered by the arrival of Lisa Kabnick and Kathryn Nordick from Reed Smith. Works with both borrowers and lenders on a range of corporate finance transactions.

Notable practitioners

Lisa Kabnick is noted for her work with investment funds as lenders, and is described by sources as "unflappable and deeply knowledgeable."

Kathryn Nordick is a rising star and works with both banks and alternative lenders. A source recalls their "very good impression of Kathryn and the representation she provided - she was knowledgeable, available, flexible and a good advocate."

About the Team (content provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP)

Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Financial Services Practice Group includes more than 45 lawyers and other professionals who focus their practices on issues affecting the financial services industry. The financial services industry is changing rapidly. The expansion of financial institutions into new areas – securities, mutual funds, hedge funds and insurance – requires a group that has the breadth and depth to handle all these needs, needs met by the lawyers in Pepper’s Financial Services group. Commercial financial services has long been a staple of our financial services practice. This practice involves traditional commercial lending transactions, real estate transactions and transactions involving complex securitization and derivatives.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 Clients value that the firm has a "tremendous breadth and depth of expertise; it has the flexibility of a small firm but the expertise of a large firm."

Notable practitioners

Richard Zucker regularly represents alternative lenders in financings. Clients state that "working with him is wonderful; he is very knowledgeable about trends in the market."

About the Team (content provided by Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP)

BANKING PRACTICE

OUR Practice
Stradley Ronon’s banking practice comprises experienced lawyers who take a pragmatic, efficient and results-oriented approach to representing and assisting banks and other financial services providers. Our financial services team counsels clients in connection with complex and challenging regulatory, consumer, corporate governance, litigation, securities and transactional matters.

OUR Experience
The clients that rely upon our banking & financial services attorneys include regional and super-regional banks, community banks and thrifts, credit unions, mortgage lenders and brokers, and other financial services providers. We have also served as special counsel to national industry associations and various state organizations with respect to banking-related matters.

YOUR Issues
The foundation of our banking practice is its recognized capability to advise and assist clients in all aspects of their legal operations – from evaluating and aiding a client’s regulatory compliance to assisting with potential transactions.

We regularly advise clients on:
Bank Regulatory, Legal & Compliance Matters
Corporate Governance
Securities Compliance
Internal Investigations
Securities & Financial Institutions Litigation
Tax Matters
Transactions – Mergers & Acquisitions, Debt & Equity Offerings, Tax-Free Financings
Specialty Products
New Product Development
Employee Benefits & Compensation
Government Affairs


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Senior Statesmen

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent attorney" Harvey Forman is hugely experienced in representing lenders and is renowned in the marketplace.

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Senior Statesmen

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The widely renowned Bruce Lesser has an impressive depth of experience in financing transactions and is described as an "excellent lawyer."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Jill Bronson is accomplished in cross-border acquisition financings. Clients say that she is "an outstanding attorney and a pleasure to work with" and "solution-oriented with a strong business sense, focusing on the important issues."

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Lawrence Flick II

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Flick is "incredibly well regarded in Pennsylvania." He frequently works with significant clients on high-profile lending matters, as well as having experience in bankruptcy.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Renowned for his expertise, Carl Fridy heads the transactional finance practice. He represents household-name banks and is described as "incredibly well regarded in Pennsylvania" and a "terrific lawyer with good drafting and communication skills."

^ See whole ranking table

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Kabnick is noted for her work with investment funds as lenders, and is described by sources as "unflappable and deeply knowledgeable."

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Richard S Perelman

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Perelman is extremely proficient in representing both borrowers and lenders in high-value cases. One enthusiastic source states that "he is very client-focused, delivers great service in a timely fashion, has a good negotiating style and is very effective."

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Charles B Congdon

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Congdon is an experienced corporate finance practitioner, with expertise in bond issuances in the healthcare and education sectors. A client enthuses: "I cannot be more positive about my experience and working relationship with Charlie."

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Michael C Graziano

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Graziano is renowned for his "strong technical knowledge" and is adept at managing international finance deals, distressed sales and commercial lending.  He has experience in working with household-name banks in high-value matters.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Lawlor is experienced in finance and bond issues, including commercial loan deals, and represents both borrowers and lenders. He frequently represents national banks in high-value matters.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Miller is praised by peers as "very practical, very easy to work with and an excellent lawyer." He has worked with both national and regional banks in establishing term loans and credit facilities.

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Michael J Pedrick

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Pedrick of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP heads up the department and frequently acts for borrowers in financing transactions. Clients are thoroughly impressed with his work, noting that he is "outstanding and a delight to work with; very knowledgeable, responsive and practical."

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Mark I Rabinowitz

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Mark Rabinowitz is experienced in acting for both borrowers and lenders with regard to acquisition financings and other high-value loans.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific practitioner" Judith Reich is knowledgeable in acquisition funding and refinancing matters, frequently working with large national banks and private equity investors. She is noted for being "excellent: she provides great advice and recommendations, works well with opposing counsel and negotiates effectively."

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan Stern of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC is an experienced financing practitioner with wide renown in the market. She is noted for her additional capabilities in bond offerings.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Baum frequently acts for leading national banks and is the current vice chair of Blank Rome's finance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Galey is thoroughly experienced in representing both borrowers and lenders in the finance space. Clients note his "good technical and substantive knowledge" and say he is a "very experienced and effective attorney - he provides exceptional service."

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Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Heryford of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP is described by peers as a "very practical, very knowledgeable and very talented attorney who gets deals done."

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Malecki has experience represents lending institutions in syndicated loan transactions and both secured and unsecured lending.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients state that Dianne Meyer is an "excellent attorney with thorough knowledge, who clearly advocates for the client's needs and provides suggestions that are useful in negotiations." She is proficient in representing both borrowers and lenders in the establishment of credit facilities.

^ See whole ranking table

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Surbeck is noted for his expertise in ESOP financing and banking matters related to insolvent companies.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Zucker regularly represents alternative lenders in financings. Clients state that "working with him is wonderful; he is very knowledgeable about trends in the market."

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Up and Coming

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathryn Nordick is a rising star and works with both banks and alternative lenders. A source recalls their "very good impression of Kathryn and the representation she provided - she was knowledgeable, available, flexible and a good advocate."

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Associates to watch

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate-to-watch Megan Thompson is accomplished in handling revolving credit facilities for major banks and is described by clients as being a "pleasure to work with."

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