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Banking & Financial Services

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The banking and financial services industry is one of Goldberg Kohn's most significant areas of industry focus. Because the level of legal services provided to clients in this industry is as wide as it is deep, this industry group draws upon the full spectrum of the firm's resources and involves every practice area of the firm. Goldberg Kohn attorneys have worked with virtually every type of client in the banking and financial services industry, including banks,  mezzanine lenders, commercial finance companies, credit unions, trust companies, insurance companies, securities firms, mortgage brokers, investment bankers, venture capital firms, hedge funds, and other financial services companies and their holding companies and affiliates.   

In addition to working with many financial services clients, Goldberg Kohn attorneys are extremely active in the U.S. commercial finance industry and participate in a wide variety of the industry's trade organizations. For example, Ron Barliant, a former bankruptcy judge, has a national reputation for middle market debtor cases and is a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy, along with Randy Klein, chair of the Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Group. Richard Kohn, a principal in the Commercial Finance Group, is Co-General Counsel to the Commercial Finance Association, the principal U.S. trade association for the commercial finance industry. Goldberg Kohn attorneys are also frequent lecturers and authors on critical issues effecting the banking and finance industry today. 

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

Goldberg Kohn is known as one of the leading national bankruptcy and restructuring law firms in the middle market, particularly in its representation of secured creditors. The Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group has established a reputation for being cutting-edge in its legal positions and best practices, as well as for being creative and sophisticated deal-makers giving clients a highly effective team of bankruptcy experts.

The firm represents the nation's largest banks, financial institutions and hedge funds, and is regularly retained to advise large unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, asset purchasers, equity committees, indenture trustees and liquidating trustees. The group's foundation rests upon serving the firm's commercial lending clients. Whether or not the firm originally documented a deal, agents and individual lenders seek the group's result-driven and efficient approach to troubled credits. Goldberg Kohn lawyers are intimately familiar with the nuances of loan documents, credit policies, market trends, and the politics of syndicated situations. Inter- and intra-class lender negotiations and disputes are a particular specialty, as is litigation involving cash collateral, adequate protection, and postpetition financing issues.

Commercial Finance

Goldberg Kohn has one of the most highly respected commercial finance practices in the country, competing toe-to-toe with the largest firms in the United States. The Commercial Finance Group represents a diverse group of banks, commercial finance companies, mezzanine lenders and other institutional lenders in structuring and documenting commercial finance transactions. Goldberg Kohn is known for the depth of its practice, good business sense and the ability to facilitate smooth closings. The commercial finance practice runs the gamut of transactions, including revolving working capital facilities (asset-based and cash flow), leveraged acquisitions, loan restructurings, international loans, mezzanine loans, and debtor-in-possession financing.

Goldberg Kohn has also been a pioneer in international asset-based lending, and has one of the most significant and active international lending practices in the U.S. The firm has represented clients in scores of international lending transactions in Europe, Asia and Latin America, ranging from taking foreign collateral or guaranties to financing complex acquisitions involving funding in multiple foreign currencies. The transactions on which the firm works cover virtually all business sectors.


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Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
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