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Banking & Finance

Providing national coverage with personalized solutions in banking and finance.

Husch Blackwell is a leading provider of legal services to the banking and finance industry. We represent lenders and borrowers in sophisticated financing transactions, workouts and litigation across the United States. Our banking and finance clients include multinational and domestic financial institutions, non-bank lenders, equity sponsors, public and privately held companies, institutional investors and other participants in debt markets.

Drawing on deep and industry-leading experience, our finance team understands the nuances, concerns and demands of the market and advises banking executives and finance professionals in navigating complexity in an ever-changing legal and business environment. Our law firm's capabilities and reliability enable us to provide clients with personalized, value-adding and cost-effective service. 

Within our larger Banking & Finance team, we feature a dedicated group of attorneys who focus on Consumer Financial Services and who frequently advise lenders in connection with industry regulations and compliance, card and rewards programs, data privacy and security protocols and the development of new products.

Additional experience in the banking and finance industry includes:

Commercial Finance

Corporate lending. We guide and manage all aspects of complex financings, including structuring, proposal and commitment, due diligence, negotiation, closing and loan portfolio management. Our broad-based finance experience includes senior, subordinated, secured and unsecured credit facilities; syndicated, club and bilateral financings; and mezzanine financings. Our national corporate lending team advises clients in connection with cash-flow, asset-based and split-lien transactions, leveraged buyouts and acquisition financings. We have worked with middle-market lenders and borrowers in the finance, manufacturing, agricultural and food products, telecommunications and transportation industries. 

Commercial real estate. Our team provides end-to-end real estate-secured transaction assistance, including construction, mini-perm, term and mezzanine lending. We have broad experience with many asset types across the United States, including apartment complexes, shopping centers, industrial buildings, office buildings, hotels, mixed-use developments, self storage facilities, senior living projects and manufactured housing communities. 

Development Incentives & Tax Credits. Our team is on the leading edge of development incentives and tax credits, including New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Opportunity Zones. To learn more about these areas, please see our Development Incentives & Tax Credits and Opportunity Zone pages. 

HUD. Our team includes attorneys who have worked at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and we regularly handle HUD transactions across the country.  

Specialty finance. Our team is experienced with lending transactions involving nontraditional or unique businesses and collateral, such as coal mines and reserves; energy-related services; fleets of titled vehicles; documented vessels; corporate aircraft and fleets of commercial aircraft; environmentally sensitive assets such as landfills, intellectual property, wind farms, ethanol production facilities, distribution centers and power plants; propane and natural gas inventory; agricultural products; and casinos.

Equipment finance. We advise clients across diverse industry and equipment sectors. Our team represents originators and purchasers, and understands the sales, syndications and participations of equipment leases and financing portfolios. We provide meaningful and creative solutions when faced with a wide array of financing issues.

Floor plan financing. We advise both national and regional lenders in negotiating, documenting and securing floor plan loans and loan programs to automobile dealers; construction equipment dealers; commercial vehicle/transportation vehicle dealers; and dealers in the recreational vehicle, marine, outdoor products, tech and music industries, both as stand-alone facilities and including asset-based revolving credit facilities.

Capital Markets. We represent institutional investors in various large cap syndications, including debt trades. We understand the economic pressures and desire to contain costs in these transactions and have developed a sophisticated practice by quickly and efficiently analyzing large-cap transaction documents for investors seeking a high-level determination of “term sheet compliance” and to discover “fatal flaw” issues.

Municipal Bond Finance

Husch Blackwell’s team has been involved in more than 2,500 bond transactions involving nearly $30 billion of bonds. In our capacity as bond counsel, we have rendered thousands of approving bond opinions involving tax-exempt bond issues on behalf of state agencies and local government units. In addition to serving as bond counsel, our public finance attorneys have also acted as counsel for underwriters, borrowers, trustees, issuers, and credit facility and liquidity facility providers in numerous tax-exempt and taxable bond issues.

Dispute Resolution

Insolvency. As national and regional counsel, we manage insolvency and creditors’ rights matters in jurisdictions across the country and internationally.

Litigation. We handle all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts for clients. Along with representing clients in enforcing loan documents, leases and contract actions, we participate in alternative dispute resolution. This approach often enables clients to reduce litigation costs and to resolve differences quickly.

REO Sales. We have developed and implemented a streamlined system to quickly and efficiently move real estate collateral through foreclosure to REO sales, in partnership with all stakeholders in the REO sales process.

Restructuring and workouts. Our team advises clients on all aspects of workouts and out-of-court restructurings, including refinancing, forbearance agreements, corporate restructurings and purchasing of assets from troubled businesses.

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LIBOR Transition FAQs
Alerts | February 24, 2021
SBA Now Accepting PPP Applications from Businesses with Fewer Than 20 Employees

Biden Administration to Prioritize Minority-Owned Enterprises and Those in Low-Income Areas

Alerts | February 4, 2021
FAQ: CARES Act SBA Loan Programs
Alerts | December 27, 2020
FAQ: Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness for Borrowers

Please be aware that on December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This COVID-19 relief bill affects the Paycheck Protection Program and associated provisions of the CARES Act, as amended. We are in the process of updating this posting.

Podcast | December 15, 2020
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Alerts | August 05, 2020
SBA Issues FAQs on PPP Loan Forgiveness
Alerts | April 23, 2020
I've Received my PPP Loan. Now What?
Alerts | March 25, 2020
Remote Lending in the Time of COVID-19
Blog | September 26, 2019
SAFE Banking Passes the House
Blog | September 23, 2019
SAFE Banking Act – A Legislative Update
Alerts | September 26, 2018
Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) Circulates Proposed LIBOR Transition Provisions

On September 24, 2018, the ARRC circulated proposed LIBOR transition provisions intended to be incorporated into loan documents.

Articles | July 06, 2018
Milwaukee Business Journal: New Treasury Dept banking regulations: Necessary inconvenience or overkill?

Derek Taylor examines new U.S. Treasury guidelines that will add cost and time to a variety of banking transactions.

Media Mentions | August 24, 2020
Kansas City Business Journal: Virtual Husch Blackwell office attracts first attorney outside firm's footprint

"This is just a great concept and I hope more firms embrace this sort of thing," Benefield said. "It gives me an opportunity to join a law firm as reputable and amazing as Husch Blackwell without having to pick up and move my family across the country to one of their offices."

News Releases | February 12, 2020
Husch Blackwell's Banking and Finance Group Adds Two in Wisconsin

“Growing our Wisconsin-based banking and finance team has been a priority for our firm over the past few years,” said Eric Lenzen, leader of the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group.

News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | August 22, 2019
Gary Barnes to Receive Roser Award

Recipients are selected by a special selection subcommittee consisting of past recipients and attorneys representing different geographical areas throughout the state in a variety of practice sizes.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | February 14, 2019
Chalon Clark Named to 2019 Who's Who in Black Dallas

Husch Blackwell's Chalon Clark was named to the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas.

News Releases | January 25, 2019
Derek Taylor Elected to NAIOP Wisconsin Board of Directors

Derek Taylor has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of NAIOP Wisconsin.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | October 31, 2018
Stephanie Kaiser Joins Husch Blackwell's Austin Office

Noted litigator Stephanie Kaiser has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in its Austin office.

Media Mentions | October 09, 2018
InBusiness Madison: Marci Kawski, Husch Blackwell

Marci Kawski is InBusiness Madison's "Professional of the Week."

News Releases | August 01, 2018
Tobias P. Moon to Explore Emerging Legal Issues in Mortgage Lending to Cannabis-Industry Employees

Presentation explores lending to individuals employed by legitimate marijuana businesses.

Media Mentions | July 05, 2018
BizTimes Milwaukee: Banking and Finance Partner Derek Taylor Joins Husch Blackwell

Derek Taylor brings his commercial lending legal expertise to Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group.

Media Mentions | June 25, 2018
Law360: Husch Blackwell Adds Ex-Akerman Finance Atty In Dallas (log-in required)

Tobias P. Moon is featured as the newest addition to Husch Blackwell’s Dallas office and its financial services and capital markets group.

News Releases | June 18, 2018
Husch Blackwell Lands Milwaukee-Based Banking & Finance Partner

Derek Taylor brings his commercial lending legal expertise to Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group.

Media Mentions | May 03, 2018
St. Louis Business Journal: Tax reform boosts St. Louis bank profits (log-in required)

Ed Lieberman comments on the beneficial impact of federal tax reform on the banking industry.

News Releases | May 03, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 37 Attorneys Recognized

Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

Testimonial Jon Hein, Associated Bank, N.A.

“The Husch Blackwell team did a great job representing our interests in crafting an agreement that satisfied all the parties involved. Their process and approach was very thorough, straightforward and complete. This helped make a relatively complex transaction come together smoothly and in a timely manner.”

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