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Overview

Chrissie enjoys helping financial clients actualize projects with a range of strategic financing.

Chrissie assists national, regional and community banks, as well as other lenders and finance companies with negotiating, structuring and documenting secured and unsecured commercial financing transactions. She regularly handles syndicated, asset-based, construction, bridge, mezzanine and permanent loan structures. Chrissie routinely represents lenders on term and revolving line of credit loans to agricultural producers secured by variety of collateral, including real property, crops, equipment, production contracts, intellectual property and personal and corporate guaranties. Additionally, Chrissie advises financial services clients on regulatory compliance, including collateral enforcement matters and consumer protection laws.

Chrissie also has extensive public finance experience, including tax-exempt bond financings for colleges, universities, hospitals, long-term care communities and other higher education and health care institutions. She has served as bond counsel, borrower counsel and underwriter counsel on numerous tax-exempt and taxable revenue bond issuances, including variable rate private placements, complex public offerings and economic development financings.

Working closely with clients, Chrissie reviews client policy and establishes project goals, navigates end-to-end financing options and advises on post-financing securities compliance issues. She strategically guides lending while mitigating risk and reaching optimal terms for all parties on desired timelines. Whether facilitating public or private financings, the collaborative teamwork and shared deal objectives are the most rewarding aspect of this complex legal work for Chrissie.

Dedicated to
pro bono service.
Dedicated to
pro bono service.

Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • cum laude
    • CALI Award Legal Advocacy in Health Law and Policy Seminar
    • Global Studies Law Review, Staff Editor
    • Women’s Law Caucus
    • Dean's List
  • B.A., Saint Louis University
    • summa cum laude
    • Political Science major
    • Dean's List
    • Missouri Sociological Association Peace Studies Paper Contest winner
    • Study abroad at Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Women in Public Finance (WPF), Kansas and Missouri Chapter, Kansas City Board of Directors
Experience
  • Underwriter counsel for approximately $30,000,000 revenue bond issuance by the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of a Wisconsin private higher educational institution.
  • Underwriter counsel for State of Wisconsin Master Lease Certificates of Participation.
  • Borrower Counsel to large, multi-state health system regarding bond issuance and disclosure matters.
  • Served as borrower counsel to independent college with multiple campuses in multiple states in structuring a master indenture secured by real estate and pledged revenues and rolling in existing debt and collateral pools.
  • Assisted Lenders structure and draft forms for the Paycheck Protection Program and counseled lenders on compliance matters as the PPP evolved.
  • Counseled bank through successful challenge to assertions in FDIC regulatory exam.
  • Served as borrower counsel on unsecured $1 billion credit facility for global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, a top-10 U.S. privately owned company.
  • Served as bond counsel to Missouri university in $144 million multiple series tax-exempt and taxable bond issuance to finance educational and medical facilities.
  • Represented stand-alone rural Missouri hospital in private placement of debt to relieve debt service constraints and provide cash for other capital projects.
  • Assisted Kansas private college in obtaining U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan to refinance construction loan secured by college's real estate on parity basis with outstanding public debt.
  • Served as bond counsel to nationally recognized health system in public offering of $200 million tax-exempt refunding bonds.
  • Counseled nationally recognized university on implications of revising terms of over $97 million of tax-exempt bonds to account for federal income tax changes.
  • Represented large sewer district in $90 million refinancing of revenue bonds achieving significant interest cost savings for the district.
  • Served as lender counsel relating to $14,500,000 term loan and revolving line of credit financing for system of agricultural farms in Arizona secured by real property, crops, equipment and personal guarantees.
  • Served as lender counsel for $4,500,000 term loan and revolving line of credit financing with multiple borrowers and guarantors for swine nursery construction, working capital line of credit and equipment financing in Missouri secured by real property and equipment.
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.

Outside the Office

Dancing Horses.

Chrissie enjoys spoiling her horse, Diggerr (2 r’s because he’s a rebel) and serving her cat, Rashka. Diggerr is enjoying retirement from competing as a Grand Prix dressage horse, and Rashka enjoys sun-bathing and bossing Chrissie around the house.  

Community Leadership
  • Kansas City Dressage Society
  • Kansas & Missouri Chapter of Women in Public Finance, President of Kansas City Board of Directors
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Volunteer Attorney Project
  • Washington University School of Law, Tax Law Society, Volunteer Tax Preparer

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