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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. Working closely with clients, Chrissie reviews client policy and establishes project goals, and navigates end-to-end financing options. She strategically guides lending while mitigating risk and reaching optimal terms for all parties on desired timelines. Loan types Chrissie handles for clients include:

  • Syndicated
  • Asset-based
  • Construction
  • Bridge
  • Mezzanine
  • Permanent

Clients appreciate that Chrissie also has extensive experience working with hospitals, universities and municipalities on tax-exempt and taxable public finance transactions, including variable rate private placements and complex public offerings.

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.


Industry

Service

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 Associations and Memberships

  • Women in Public Finance (WPF), Kansas and Missouri Chapter, Kansas City Board of Directors
Experience
  • 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.
Outside the Office

Dancing Horses.

Chrissie enjoys competing in dressage, commonly described as dancing horses, with her two horses, Diggerr (2 r’s because he’s a rebel) and Tito. Diggerr is enjoying retirement as a trail horse and Tito wishes he had the life of Rashka, Chrissie’s cat, who enjoys sun-bathing on her porch.

Community Leadership
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Volunteer Attorney Project
  • Washington University School of Law, Tax Law Society, Volunteer Tax Preparer
  • Kansas City Dressage Society