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Banking & Financial Services

Commercial & Real Estate Finance

Clark Hill’s Commercial & Real Estate Finance practice offers a full range of legal services for arrangers, agents, underwriters, participants, lenders, and borrowers.

Our team of finance lawyers has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide range of commercial and real estate financing transactions. We are able to successfully address the increasing complexities of financing transactions in today’s financial environment. Our significant experience advising both lenders and borrowers in complex, heavily-negotiated transactions is the basis for our solutions-oriented, business-savvy approach to getting deals done. Due to the depth and breadth of our experience, we understand the objectives, perspectives, and expectations of all sides of a financing transaction. Our finance lawyers work together as a single integrated team to provide insightful, effective, and efficient solutions for our clients at all stages of a transaction. Our team approach extends across our firm’s other practice areas, allowing us to provide the specialized expertise necessary to resolve issues and get transactions closed.

Our finance team serves a diverse client base, assessing and addressing each client’s needs individually and tailoring our services to provide strategic, focused and effective solutions based upon the objectives of the client and the character of the transaction. We have substantial experience with large, syndicated transactions as well as club deals and single lender transactions. Clients of our finance practice include:

  • Major national and international banks and financial institutions
  • Private equity and investment banking firms
  • Regional banks and financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Buyout, specialty finance, and mezzanine finance firms
  • Pension funds
  • Federal, state, and local governmental agencies
  • Government-sponsored enterprises
  • Middle market entities
  • Publicly held and privately held entity borrowers

Our team of finance lawyers has a sophisticated understanding of the finance industry. In addition, our extensive experience structuring, negotiating, and documenting inter-creditor agreements provides the basis for our insightful, effective strategies to address the significant complexity of these relationships. We advise our clients in a variety of transactions involving:

  • Acquisition and leveraged finance
  • Structured finance
  • Asset-based finance
  • Cash flow finance
  • International finance
  • Export finance
    • Guaranties by the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Retail finance
  • Letters of credit
  • Distressed acquisitions
  • Unsecured finance
  • Real estate finance
    • Construction finance
    • Development finance
    • Project finance
    • Ground lease transactions
    • Hotel finance
    • Defeasances
    • Student housing finance
    • Multifamily housing finance
  • Leasing transactions and finance
  • Tax-exempt finance
    • Bank-qualified finance
  • Health care facility finance
  • Tax-deferred transactions
  • Commercial mortgage-backed securities
  • Equipment finance
    • Aircraft finance
    • Vessel finance
    • Vehicle finance
    • Floor-plan finance
  • Credit enhancement transactions
  • Debtor-in-possession finance
  • Sports finance
  • Mezzanine finance
  • Subordinated finance

The lawyers on our finance team work closely with our environmental, intellectual property, employee benefits, tax, and real estate teams to provide full-service counsel with respect to the multitude of issues that arise in connection with financing transactions. Additionally, our commercial and real estate finance team works collaboratively with our bankruptcy and financial restructuring team advising clients on workout and restructuring matters and debtor-in-possession financings.