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Commercial Lending, Banking, and Financial Services


The lending process can be fraught with risk. Commercial loans must be clearly and carefully documented and properly secured and guaranteed. Our attorneys understand the perils and pitfalls of commercial lending transactions.

Protect the lender and close the loan — and do it all as quickly as possible, with all the protections in place. These are our top goals in our lending work for financial institutions, including multi-national, regional and community banks, state and federal credit unions, and nonprofit lending organizations. With a practical approach, we uncover risks and stop them from creating far larger problems in the future. Our attorneys are committed to finding the best, fastest, and least expensive way to fix issues, using a common-sense approach that ends in a satisfactory result for everyone involved.

Our practice includes structuring the loan, advising on appropriate covenants, creating and perfecting security interests and liens on personal property and real estate collateral, and negotiating and drafting credit documents for commercial loans. We maintain up-to-date standard forms for commercial lenders, yet tailor our services to each lender client. From the first phone call to the final signature, we create every document required to ensure that every loan that crosses our desk accomplishes the client’s goals. Our work is centered in Virginia, though we often counsel clients involved in multi-state and cross-border transactions and can bring to bear the worldwide resources of our Meritas network affiliates. In addition, we handle workouts of troubled debt, liquidation of collateral, and represent creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Our Commercial Lending, Banking, and Financial Services practice include:

  • Advising on structuring transactions and regulatory compliance
  • Representing lenders and borrowers in both secured and unsecured commercial lending
  • Review of title work, as well as liens and security interests involving real and personal property
  • Providing formal opinions of counsel in commercial lending transactions

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