Financing and Lending

Business and government enterprises — our clients — turn to MLA for assistance to obtain the capital they need to maintain and grow their operations. We help them to design a solution that is both cost-effective and suitable for their particular capital structure and capital needs. The Financing and Lending practice at MLA is highly diversified. It encompasses all types of financial instruments on behalf of corporate and commercial, public and non-profit clients throughout the U.S. Though our practice is diverse, it has a common thread: we are a team of business savvy attorneys with years of experience managing complex transactions. 

Corporate Finance and Securities

MLA handles all aspects of capital structuring and financing — from design through negotiation and documentation, to closing, our clients look to us for advice on public offerings, private placements, shareholder rights, anti-takeover measures, board issues, securities disputes, limited partnership syndications, investment and growth strategies, and credit transactions. Our clients include investment banks, capital providers, publicly-held companies and privately-held businesses.

In both the public and private sectors, we represent issuers, placement agents, underwriters, investment banking firms and investor groups, in offerings of several billion dollars annually. These offerings are of debt, equity and derivative securities, and may be primary offerings or resale offerings into secondary markets.

Our attorneys also advise both acquiring and target entities in negotiating and effecting mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, exchange offers and roll-up transactions. These are matters that require registrations, proxy solicitations and other negotiations with regulators or other actions under federal and state securities law.

Commercial Lending

MLA represents banks, finance companies, other lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial lending, including asset-based lending and high-risk specialty finance lending. We assist clients in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of these loans, and closings.

Our work in asset-based lending includes serving as outside counsel to major financial institutions. For these clients, we negotiate and structure loans of $1 million to $100 million. We also represent clients in mezzanine and alternative financing, structuring and closing mezzanine and other high-yield structured financings. We have been integrally involved in conduit lending since its emergence. In the past five years, we closed more than 750 conduit loans, worth in excess of $2 billion. 

A key focus throughout our financing and lending practice is assisting in workouts and creditors rights. We have substantial experience in workouts of troubled loans. Our attorneys are recognized nationally and internationally for their work in helping to raise capital for troubled businesses, and in helping to resolve complex or antagonistic creditor relationships.

The hallmark of our financing and lending practice is the business acumen our attorneys bring to it. We strive to develop innovative financing structures adapted to the unique needs of our clients. At all times, our focus is on the client, helping to avoid risk, and realize return.