Overview

Locke Lord’s banking and finance lawyers have longstanding experience in representing financial institutions in their transactional and regulatory matters around the world. From small banks and finance houses to global financial institutions, clients depend on the breadth and depth of our experience to guide them through today’s constant evolving – and highly regulated – financial environment. We routinely represent organizations in their financing, regulatory, structuring and corporate matters and counsel them on all aspects of their borrowing and lending requirements.

By focusing on valuable synergies among Locke Lord lawyers located in the world’s most important financial centers, our reputation and experience translates into tangible benefits for our clients. 

Locke Lord’s banking and finance team provides a variety of services, including:

  • Bank lending (including syndicate, club and cross-border loans)
  • Energy and trade finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Regulatory and bank registration
  • Retail banking and consumer finance
  • Cards and payments
  • Securitization and structured finance
  • Derivative transactions
  • Bond financing
  • Debt and equity capital markets
  • Asset finance and leasing
  • Receivables financing
  • Invoice discounting
  • Project finance
  • Mortgage lending
  • Corporate and acquisition finance
  • Support services for financial institutions
  • Mutuals and building societies
  • Banking and finance dispute resolution
  • Insolvency/bankruptcy/restructuring/workouts
  • Subordination agreements
  • Intercreditor agreements
  • Collateral trust and custody agreements

We represent commercial and consumer finance companies, credit unions and credit card issuers, leasing companies, commercial banks and savings institutions, private banks, thrifts (in both mutual and stock form), mezzanine and equity providers including venture capital investors and hedge funds, as well as industrial loan, insurance and energy companies. We advise on matters that range from data protection and security to the latest e-money and consumer finance issues. In addition, we draft suites of loan and security documents for lenders in the real estate market seeking loans for acquisition, refinancing or restructuring debt secured on various types of real estate. Our team also works with borrowers and lenders on all aspects of development and investment financings on both a syndicated and bilateral basis.

Should a financed transaction run into difficulties, we evaluate the implications of a loan workout or refinancing and help implement an appropriate strategy to deal with the troubled financing. Our lawyers handle all legal aspects of large auctions of foreclosed real estate and loan assets and have provided the legal work in connection with multi-billion dollar mass loan portfolio acquisitions.

Clients benefit from Locke Lord’s culture of collaboration among practice areas and industry teams. The banking and finance team works closely with our bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency, energy, insurance, corporate and real estate practices, enabling them to provide enhanced services such as security reviews and enforcement, debt refinancings and restructurings as well as acquisitions and disposals of debt portfolios. The team also works closely with our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers, who have extensive experience with banking and finance-related disputes throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and the world.

By representing both finance providers and users, we easily navigate issues arising at both ends of the negotiating table. Members of the Banking & Finance team are consistently recognized by the leading legal directories in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia, including Chambers USA and Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Our lawyers serve in the Independent Bankers Association and the U.S. National Association of Bond Lawyers. We are recognized among Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers, featured in The Best Lawyers in America. The Firm has been ranked as a National Tier 1 and Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Banking and Finance Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.

Many of our lawyers are CPAs or have held positions in the industry, ranging from general counsel and bank holding company director to commercial lender and realtor. Locke Lord team members publish regularly, teach law school courses and are active speakers and leaders in international, national, state and local industry groups. These organizations include the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the American Land Title Association, Lender Counsel Group. Locke Lord is also represented on the Conference of State Banking Supervisors and Financial Women International.