Lexis Practice Advisor® - Banking & Finance

Contributing Authors & Firms

Our contributing authors are leading practictioners in their respective transactional practice area.

 
Phillip J. AzzolliniSchulte Roth

Phillip J. Azzollini

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Phillip J. Azzollini is a partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP ("SRZ"), where he focuses his practice on offerings of asset-backed securities, including the representation of issuers, placement agents and portfolio managers. Phil’s other areas of concentration include the representation of buyers and sellers of financial assets, as well as advising buyers and sellers in repurchase agreement transactions. Phil has represented public companies, investment advisers and private equity funds in transactions involving many different categories of asset-backed securities, including mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligation securities and student loan securities. He has also represented clients in transactions involving the re-packaging of asset-backed securities.

Listed as a “leading lawyer” by Chambers Global and Chambers USA in the area of Capital Markets: Structured Products, Phil is recognized by clients and peers as “an excellent lawyer, smart and bright” and commended for his keen attention to detail and understanding of accounting in addition to the law.

Phil has been with SRZ since 1995. Prior to joining SRZ, Phil was a certified public accountant with the audit group at Coopers & Lybrand. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Pace University, cum laude.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Pace University, B.B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Certified Public Accountant, Coopers & Lybrand (Audit Group)
Accreditations
  • Bar Admissions, New York
  • Leading Lawyer in Capital Markets: Structured Products, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States
 
Bradley BermanMorrison  Foster

Bradley Berman

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bradley Berman is of counsel in the Capital Markets group at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. He advises domestic and non-U.S. issuers on domestic and international securities offerings of structured products linked to equities, commodities and currencies. Previously, his work involved capital-raising debt and equity transactions for large bank holding companies, including several common stock issuances.

Bradley has extensive experience with exchange traded notes and advised a non-U.S. frequent issuer on all of its exchange traded notes over the last three years. He also advises issuers and underwriters on shelf registration statements, medium term note programs and exempt transactions, and has worked on many bank note issuances by state and national banks.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, JD
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA
Experience
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, of counsel
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, of counsel
  • Sidley Austin LLP, associate
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut
 
Sidley Austin LLP

Kenneth K. Bellaire

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Ken Bellaire is a partner in the Global Finance group in Sidley’s Chicago office. Mr. Bellaire’s practice covers a broad range of commercial finance transactions. He has represented clients as agents, lenders, borrowers and sponsors in structuring, negotiating and administering syndicated credit facilities for companies across a broad range of industries, including senior, second-lien and mezzanine financings, acquisition financings and cross-border financings. Ken has advised clients on structured financings, financings for investment funds, securitizations and financings for high net worth individuals. He also has substantial experience assisting lenders and borrowers in all stages of work-outs and debt restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings and bankruptcy exit financings.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, B.S.
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
 
Andrew BettwyProskauer Rose LLP

Andrew Bettwy

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Andrew Bettwy is a partner in Proskauer Rose’s corporate department and a member of the Finance Group. His principal focus is the representation of banks, financial institutions, borrowers and investors in a variety of domestic and international financing transactions, including syndicated lending, acquisition financings, second lien financings, bridge facilities, asset-based facilities, subordinated debt instruments, recapitalizations, mezzanine financings, private placements and other complex and traditional transactions.

Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Arizona, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Joel F. BrownGoldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Joel F. Brown

Firm: Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Joel Brown is a principal in Goldberg Kohn’s Commercial Finance Group. His practice focuses on the representation of banks and non-bank finance companies engaged principally in middle market lending operations. He has extensive experience in structuring, documenting and negotiating both cash-flow and asset-based financing, as well as broad exposure to senior, mezzanine and hybrid lending products. Joel handles mergers and acquisition financings, recapitalization financings, refinancings, and other complex financial arrangements requiring institutional debt. He has been engaged to “trouble spot” deal structures and documentation, particularly in co-lend arrangements, as well as to lead multi-bank/multi-borrower facilities. Joel has experience handling inter-creditor and subordination arrangements and agreements, loan workouts, loan restructurings, and ongoing file maintenance, including routine amendments, waivers and consents. Additionally, he represents lenders in international, multi-jurisdictional and multi-currency facilities.

Joel has both written and lectured on a wide variety of finance-related legal topics, including Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He has been published in The Banking Law Journal, The Secured Lender, and Commercial Lending Review. Mr. Brown has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading commercial finance attorney in the state of Illinois. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers and ranked by his peers as AV Preeminent©, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Education
  • New York University, J.D.
  • Wesleyan University, B.A. in government, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Finance Association
 
Linda L. CurtisGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Linda L. Curtis

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Linda Curtis is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, and a member of the firm's Global Finance, Business Restructuring and Reorganization and Corporate Transactions practice groups. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including leveraged financings, with a specific focus in recent years on acquisition financings. Linda also represents clients in debt capital markets transactions and other secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated financings, and has experience in securitization transactions, debt restructurings and workouts. Her clients include private equity firms, commercial lending institutions and public and private companies in a variety of industries.

In October 2011, Linda was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ top corporate attorneys on its annual list of Who’s Who in Law. For a number of years, Linda has been selected by Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance for its Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business directories, and as one of Southern California's “Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics and Los Angeles magazines. Most recently, she was recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Banking and Finance Law.

Education
  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Stanford Law Review, articles editor
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
  • Oxford University, Balliol College, B.A.
  • Princeton University, A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Professional Development Committee, member
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • President-Elect, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
 
Daniel G. EganDLA Piper

Daniel G. Egan

Firm: DLA Piper

Daniel G. Egan, an associate at DLA Piper, has experience with in-court and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed companies and has assisted in the representation of corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, debtor-in-possession lenders, trustees, bond insurers and other interested parties in various restructurings.

He also has experience with in-court and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed municipalities, including those under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • Ithaca College, B.S.
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • King & Spalding LLP
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
 
Garry M. GraberHodgson Russ LLP

Garry M. Graber

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Garry M. Graber, a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in their New York and Buffalo offices, has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and financial restructuring, creditors' rights, financial services, commercial and corporate litigation and general business law. He represents troubled business entities, their secured and unsecured creditors and their shareholders and principals inside and outside of bankruptcy, as well as creditors' committees, equity committees, trustees, examiners and purchasers in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings across the United States and in cross-border matters, primarily with Canada. Garry has also handled complex loan workout transactions, lender liability, director and officer liability, bank fraud, UCC and mortgage foreclosures and other litigation.

Garry or one of his colleagues plays a major role in virtually every large Chapter 11 case filed in upstate New York and many filed in the Southern District of New York and Delaware. He has played substantial roles in numerous regional and national cases, including In re Victor Insulators, In re General Motors, In re Daimler Chrysler, In re Lehman Brothers, In re Proliance International, In re Circuit City Stores, In re Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home, In re TXP, In re Studio Arena Theatre, In re Holiday Harbor and many other cases.

Garry has lectured extensively on U.S. and cross-border bankruptcy and commercial law topics at numerous state and local bar association programs, Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute programs, law school programs, private seminars and client-training programs. He has also authored several publications, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is actively involved with a number of professional associations.

Education
  • University of Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D.
  • University of Buffalo, State University of New York, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • University of Buffalo Law School, adjunct professor, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Florida, all U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in all New York districts, and U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Southern District of Florida
Associations
  • Member, Board of Governors of District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Securities Regulation and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees, ABA
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
 
Lloyd HarmetzMorrison  Foster

Lloyd S. Harmetz

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Lloyd Harmetz is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. His practice concentration is on securities offerings and other capital market transactions for U.S. and non-U.S. companies, focusing on securities offerings by financial institutions, including investment grade securities and structured products linked to equities, commodities, interest rates and other underlying assets. He also specializes in structuring continuous offering programs that are registered under the Securities Act, or that are exempt from registration under Regulation S, Rule 144A and Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act.

Lloyd’s experience encompasses public offerings, private placements and PIPEs offerings of equity and debt securities, in which he represents both issuers and underwriters. Many of the transactions that Lloyd has participated in have involved companies in technology-driven industries—internet infrastructure and content, computer software development, life sciences, medical care products and telecommunications.

His counseling practice includes advice on all aspects of the U.S. securities laws, corporate governance and other corporate matters, and he is the co-author of the book, Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the U.S. (2012).

Education
  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • University of Albany, State University of New York, BA
Experience
  • Morrison Foerster LLP, partner
  • Fischer, Behar, Chen & Co., Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Cassandra H. M. Headrick

Firm: Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Cassandra H. M. Headrick is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Finance and Restructuring department and is the co-chair of the firm’s Lending Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on commercial financings, including syndicated loan transactions, leveraged financings, commercial real estate transactions, and other secured and unsecured financings in which she represents agents, lenders and borrowers. Cassandra also advises financial institutions in workouts and refinancings and is experienced in real estate foreclosure and workout matters.

Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Experience
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • GMAC Residential Capital
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Minnesota
Associations
  • LCLD Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, fellow
  • Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW), member
  • Arthritis Foundation, north central board member
 
Steven J. HeimDorsey & Whitney LLP

Steven J. Heim

Firm: Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Steven Heim is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney's Finance and Restructuring Group focusing on corporate trust matters, business restructuring and bankruptcy, payment card transactions and secured lending. He represents a wide range of financial institutions nationally in connection with the initial documentation of transactions as well as providing advice when amendments, discretionary actions or the exercise of default remedies is requested or becomes necessary.

Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., high distinction
  • Transactional Law & Contemporary Problems Journal, editor-in-chief
  • University of Iowa, B.A., distinction
Experience
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Minnesota
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member
  • Bankruptcy Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, member
 
Anny HuangSidley Austin LLP

Anny Huang

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Anny Huang is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, serving as chair of Special Opportunities in the Global Finance practice. Anny represents and advises international banking clients, leading investment funds and public and private corporations. Her practice includes complex syndicated loan transactions and special opportunity financings, including acquisition and sponsor financings, structured financings, financings for investment funds (including fund-of-fund facilities, margin loans, broker-dealer financings, capital call facilities, repurchase agreements, derivatives and warehouse loans), securitizations, secured facilities for assets such as hedge fund interests, private equity investments, insurance commissions, containers and single family rental, mezzanine and second lien, restructurings and workouts.

Anny has been recognized by several publications, including Chambers USA, as a leading lawyer in the area of capital markets. In 2013 she was named by Law360® as one of the top five “rising stars” in Banking and as one of the National Law Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Chicago. She currently serves on the firm’s investment and retirement plans committee and is also a member of the committee on the retention and promotion of women.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1998), Kent Scholar, Law Review
  • University of California - Berkeley (B.A., B.S., 1995), with highest honors
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and New York
 
Paul J. Keenan Jr.Greenberg Traurig LLP

Paul J. Keenan Jr.

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Paul J. Keenan Jr., a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice, focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings, bankruptcy litigation, sales of distressed assets and loan workouts. He represents clients in bankruptcy courts in Florida and nationwide—corporate debtors, banks and other lending institutions, Chapter 11 trustees, secured and unsecured creditors and asset purchasers in out-of-court corporate restructurings and bankruptcy cases—and has wide-ranging experience before Delaware bankruptcy courts. He also frequently represents purchasers of distressed assets and lenders and borrowers in out-of-court transactions.

Paul speaks Spanish and represents lending institutions and corporate debtors in cross-border corporate restructurings, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most recently, he was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the “Restructuring Deal of the Year Award” by Latin Lawyer magazine. He’s received additional awards and recognition and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and presented many speeches. He is also an editor and contributing author of University of Miami Law Review.

Mike writes and speaks frequently on finance and letter of credit-related topics, and actively participates in bar associations and trade groups. Additionally, he’s a past Chair of the Subcommittee on Letters of Credit of the New York State Bar Association's Banking Law Committee.

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, foreign student in residence
  • University of Rhode Island, M.M.A.
  • Tufts University, B.A.
Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, summer associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in in Florida and Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida
  • Latin America Committee, INSOL International, chair
 
Glen LimProskauer Rose LLP

Glen Lim

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Glen Lim is a partner in Proskauer Rose’s Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Finance Group. His principal focus is the representation of banks and other financial institutions as lenders and strategic investors, buyout funds and corporations as borrowers in connection with domestic and international financings, including financings of mergers and acquisitions, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, first and second lien financings and working capital and asset-based financings.

Education
  • New York University Law School, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in New York and California
 

Ron Lovelace

Firm: King & Spalding

Ron Lovelace is a partner in the Finance Practice Group at King & Spalding, where he focuses his practice on commercial lending. Mr. Lovelace represents borrowers and banks, arrangers, and other financial institutions in syndicated and bilateral credit facilities. Mr. Lovelace has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting asset-based, acquisition and working capital financing in a variety of industries including retail, media, defense, telecommunications, professional sports and energy. Mr. Lovelace also has experience in restructuring distressed credits.

Mr. Lovelace also sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston County, North Carolina.

Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S.
Experience
  • King & Spalding
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina
Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
 
Craig T. LutterbeinHodgson Russ LLP

Craig T. Lutterbein

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Craig T. Lutterbein is an associate in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation practice group in the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ LLP, focusing his practice in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. Craig authored the note “Fraud and Deceit Abound But Do the Bankruptcy Courts Really Believe Everyone Is Crooked: The Bayou Decision and the Narrowing of Good Faith,” 18 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 405 (2010). At St. John’s University School of Law, Craig was named the Robert M. Zimmerman Bankruptcy Scholar for L.L.M. in Bankruptcy for the 2010-11 academic year.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, L.L.M. in bankruptcy (expected Spring 2012)
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., Dean’s List
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, associate managing editor
  • Vassar College, B.A.
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Hon. Burton R. Lifland of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
 
Nancy A. MitchellGreenberg Traurig LLP

Nancy A. Mitchell

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Nancy A. Mitchell is an operating shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and chairs the New York Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring and corporate finance as both an attorney and an investment banker, and her areas of concentration include business restructuring, creditor rights representation, debtor rights representation and finance.

Nancy is a frequent author and speaker on various restructuring topics and has received numerous awards and recognition. Most recently, she was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the “Restructuring Deal of the Year Award” by Latin Lawyer magazine. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide, Super Lawyers magazine, and Leading Lawyers Network.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • The Michigan Law Review, contributing editor
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, B.A.
Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • CIBC World Market Corp., executive director
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 
Edward J. O’ConnellJones Day

Edward J. O’Connell

Firm: Jones Day

Ed has an extensive practice in the structured finance and derivatives area. He is experienced in the representation of issuers, underwriters, servicers, investors, credit enhancers, trustees, and rating agencies in connection with asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. Most recently, he has been actively involved in restructurings of entities engaged in structured finance as well as advising parties in connection with rights and obligations in structured finance transactions.

Ed is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of structured finance and derivatives. Recent articles include “An Overview of CDO Transactions,” The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (April 2, 2008); “ABCs of Synthetics ABS,” Journal of Structured Finance (Spring 2006); “Tracking the Growing Popularity of CDOs of ABS,” Capital Markets (June/July 2005); and “Understanding ISDA's Credit Derivative Rules,” International Financial Law Review (August 2003).

Education
  • Fordham University, J.D.
  • Wagner College, B.S.
Experience
  • Jones Day, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School
 
Anna PinedoMorrison  Foster

Anna Pinedo

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Anna T. Pinedo is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. She has concentrated her practice on securities and derivatives, representing issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries, and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, structured notes and other structured products. Anna works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing expertise in certain industries, working with technology-based companies, telecommunications companies, healthcare companies, financial institutions, REITs and consumer finance companies.

Anna also has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets, and has worked with financial institutions regarding international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, hybrid and structured products and medium-term note and commercial paper programs.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Georgetown University, BSFS
Experience
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member, Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting, subcommittee on Securities Registration, Task Force on the Future of Securities Regulation, and chair of the subcommittee on the Annual Review of Federal Regulation of Securities, and member of the Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments
  • Member of the ISDA Joint Associations Committee, Documentation Committee and Dodd-Frank Compliance Committee
 
Jason T. PolevoyKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Jason T. Polevoy focuses his practice on commercial real estate law. Jason has extensive experience in all aspects of complex commercial real estate, including development, sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, restructurings and workouts, and office and retail leasing. He also has significant experience in connection with hotel management agreements, architect agreements and construction agreements. Jason has represented investors and developers, and office building, residential and hotel owners.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP
  • Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York.
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section and  Commercial Leasing Committee
  • New York City Bar Association
 
George B. South IIIDLA Piper

George B. South III

Firm: DLA Piper

George B. South III is a partner in DLA Piper's Restructuring group, based in New York. His practice includes in-court and out-of-court restructurings and the rehabilitation of financially distressed businesses and municipalities.

He represents distressed companies, creditors' committees, bondholders' committees, bond insurers, debtor-in-possession lenders and hedge and equity funds seeking to invest in and/or acquire the assets and businesses of financially troubled companies. George has also represented parties in numerous Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

The 2011 edition of Legal 500 cited George, praising him as an "excellent new addition” to DLA Piper’s restructuring group in 2010. He is also recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, receiving its highest available rating of AV.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. with distinction
  • Managing Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • Hofstra University, B.A.
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • King & Spalding
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
 
Christopher M. SwartoutGoldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Christopher M. Swartout

Firm: Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Chris Swartout is an associate in Goldberg Kohn's Commercial Finance Group. His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in structuring, negotiating, and documenting secured U.S. and cross-border asset-based and cash-flow loan transactions. While attending Northwestern University Law School, Chris was awarded the Raoul Berger Prize for his work on Complexity and the Nature of Rules, which was selected by the law faculty as the best paper written in the Owen L. Coon/James A. Rahl Senior Research Program.

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, Senior Editor
  • Saint John Fisher College, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
  • Dewey & LeBouf LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
 
Euchung UngKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Euchung Ung represents real estate investors, owners and lenders in partnership, LLC and joint venture transactions (including real estate fund formation), bond, mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions, and transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, development, management, and leasing of office, retail, commercial, mixed-use and hotel properties. He also advises hedge funds and private equity funds on the purchase and sale of real estate mortgage and mezzanine debt, and the negotiating and structuring of complex workout arrangements in connection with the ownership or foreclosure of real property assets.

Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • Fordham University, LL.M. in International Trade and Business Law
  • Graduate Research Fellow
  • University of London, England, LL.B., with honors
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
  • Mayer Brown
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut and Barrister-at-Law, England & Wales
Associations
  • North American Chapter of the Fordham LL.M. Alumni Association, Former Co-President
  • Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Former Board Member
  • Chinese Language School of Fairfield County, Member; Former Chair, Board of Directors
  • Greenwich High School Fencing, Assistant Coach
 
Sidley Austin LLP

Annie C. Wallis

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Annie C. Wallis is an associate in Sidley’s Chicago office, practicing in the Global Finance group. Her practice includes structured finance, asset securitization, merger and acquisition financing, restructurings, and secured and unsecured single currency, multi-currency and cross-border lending transactions. She has represented lenders, participants, agents, sponsors, originators and borrowers in single-bank and syndicated credits. Her clients include investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, asset-backed commercial paper conduits and public and private corporations. Ms. Wallis has assisted in the financing of a wide variety of assets, including trade receivables, film revenues, motor vehicle leases and other financial assets.

Ms. Wallis also completed a two-month assignment in Sidley’s Sydney, Australia office, where she advised foreign private issuers and investment banks in a number of different institutional debt private placements, including traditional 4(2) private placements and Rule 144A offerings.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Wallis was a business consultant and then worked in the treasury group of a Fortune 500 company.

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Washington University, B.S.
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
 
Steven W. WellsHodgson Russ LLP

Steven W. Wells

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP
Steven W. Wells is a senior associate in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation practice group in the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ LLP. He focuses his practice in bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and commercial litigation. Steven represents financially troubled companies as well as secured and unsecured creditors, both inside and outside of bankruptcy. He has represented a wide range of clients, including private financial organizations, financial institutions, banks, lessors and lessees of equipment and real estate, health care facilities, agricultural lenders and bankruptcy trustees. Steven has also handled various commercial litigation matters relating to breach of contract, business torts, construction/building and intellectual property.
Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D., cum laude
  • Buffalo Law Review, publications editor 
  • Ithaca College, B.A.
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
 
Nicholas WhitneyChapman and Cutler LLP

Nicholas Whitney

Firm: Chapman and Cutler LLP

Nicholas Whitney is a partner in the Banking Group of Chapman and Cutler LLP in New York. Over a 15 year career, Nick has gained a broad range of experience representing lenders in senior secured, first lien and second lien loan transactions, first-out/last-out financings and unitranche facilities, unsecured transactions and subordinated loan transactions. Nick handles a wide variety of middle-market lending transactions for both non-investment grade and investment grade companies. He represents banks, investment banks, business development corporations, hedge funds and other financial institutions in connection with direct origination, as well as investments in the secondary market and in “club” transactions. He regularly advises lenders in connection with acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset based transactions and special situations. Nick also has substantial experience with reorganizations and workouts, including representing lenders in connection with debtor-in-possession facilities and Chapter 11 exit facilities. Nick is often invited to speak at industry events, recently presenting on “Unitranche Facilities” at a financing seminar.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D.
  • Seton Hall University, B.S.
Experience
  • Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member
  • Commercial Finance Association, member New York Chapter
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Inc. - LSTA, member
 
Kristin C. WignessKatten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kristin C. Wigness

Firm: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kristin C. Wigness, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, concentrates his practice on debt restructurings, loan workouts, secured and unsecured lending transactions, debtor-in-possession financing, creditors’ rights and insolvency.

Kristin has represented numerous agents and lenders in loan workouts and as debtor-in-possession lenders, including in the Chapter 11 cases of United Airlines, Tower Automotive, American Commercial Lines, Mariner Post- Acute Network, Polaroid Corporation, Burlington Industries, Guilford Mills and Sea Island Company. He has represented various sellers and buyers of assets through bankruptcy, debtors, licensors and creditors. He has also assisted mortgage lenders in connection with sales of mortgage pools and in restructuring financing transactions of mortgage portfolios.

Kristin is a frequent speaker at seminars and universities.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, M.M. 
  • State University of New York at Purchase, B.F.A.
Experience
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 
  • Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
 

Patrick Yingling

Firm: King & Spalding

Patrick Yingling is a partner in the Charlotte office of King & Spalding, where he is a member of the firm’s Finance Practice Group. Mr. Yingling's practice focuses primarily on the representation of lead arrangers and agent banks in connection with the structuring and documentation of syndicated credit facilities, including merger and acquisition-related financings, first and second lien credit facilities, investment grade financings, cross-border facilities, financial sponsor leveraged acquisitions and asset-based lending. Mr. Yingling has experience with a broad range of industry types including business services, healthcare, media/communications, sports and entertainment, defense, real estate investment trusts and manufacturing.

Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
Experience
  • King & Spalding
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina
Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
 
Ross YusteinKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Ross Yustein chairs Kleinberg Kaplan's Real Estate Department. He practices in the areas of real estate and real estate finance law, with a concentration in joint venture transactions, real estate development, sales and acquisitions, financing, leasing and real estate private equity. Ross represents a diverse group of clients, including owners, operators, developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords, tenants and investors in various transactions such as sales, acquisitions, financings (permanent, construction, mezzanine and revolving), leases, joint ventures and restructurings. Ross has also worked on a substantial number of real estate bankruptcies and workouts.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Brown University, B.A.
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • Weil Gotshal and Manges
  • Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association
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