Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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Calfee’s Commercial and Public Finance practice represents clients in all aspects of domestic and international transactions, financings, and debt structures. The firm’s commercial attorneys counsel financial institutions and borrowers in analyzing, structuring, documenting, and negotiating all aspects of finance in private, public, syndicated, international, and governmental settings.

Representative experience includes (but not limited to):

  • ​Financing (revolving, term, asset-based, multicurrency and international, ESOP financings, multilender syndications and participations, debt offerings, note purchase agreements)
  • Commercial Finance (asset-backed structured finance securitizations, SBIC equity and debt placements, mezzanine financings, derivatives transactions, interest rate protection, and letters of credits and guarantees)
  • Domestic and International Business (sales, distribution, and agency, commercial aspects of joint ventures, computer developments and servicing, and electronic data interchange)
  • Workouts & Restructurings (secured party sales, troubled debt purchases, facility restructurings, standstill and forbearance arrangements, debtor-in-possession financings, inter-creditor and subordination arrangements)
  • Specialized Banking Services (lender liability audits, special opinion counsel, regulatory compliance, FIRREA, thrift and bank holding companies)
  • Specialized Business Transactions (sale-leasebacks, project financings, asset acquisitions, bankruptcy acquisitions)


Beus, Karl (Head of Department)

Ballard, Brent

Beachler, Blake

Benjamin, Virginia

Criswell, Daniel

Farrell, Michael

Fischbach, Donald

Hult, Laura

Hurley, Michael

Kallergis, Gus

Kelly, Sheryl

Lawniczak, James

McMahon, Brian

Rogers, Karla

Schwartz, H. Jeffrey

Seger, Ann

Simon, Andrew

Thomas, Jerry

Warner, Donald

Wilcher, Larry

Wiley, Stephen



Banking, Financial Services and Insurance


Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)

Energy and Utilities

Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies

Food and Beverage

Gaming and Hospitality

Health Care

Individuals and Families


Manufacturing and Industrial

Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Partnerships, LLCs and Joint Ventures

Private and Family-Owned Businesses

Private Equity

Public Companies

Real Estate

Retail and Consumer Products

Software and Information Technology

Trade Associations