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At our core, Miller Canfield is a financial services firm, across a broad range of legal disciplines. We have consistently provided financial counsel since our inception in 1852.

We are committed to client service – smart, focused, principled, responsive, collaborative, efficient and value-driven. We are valued by our clients for building long-term relationships and providing strategic and pragmatic business-oriented counsel, appropriately skilled, stable and flexible staffing, clear communication and effective transaction and matter leadership.

While we have regional, national and international reach, we have never strayed from our Midwestern roots and values - honesty, ingenuity, hard work, trust, courtesy, modesty, relationship and resilience. We are nationally recognized by Chambers USA for being “a responsive and thoughtful firm with excellent client service” and as “simply outstanding.” 

Our long and extensive experience in the financial services industry has given us a deep understanding of the marketplace, trends and the business and credit issues that you face across the life cycle of lending transactions and credit concerns. Our collaborative work ethic, careful and efficient processes, predictably competitive cost of services and matter management deliver upon expectations and in turn strengthen your own customer relationships. Importantly, we also very much enjoy what we do.

Our clients include several of the country’s largest and most highly regarded financial institutions as well as non-traditional providers of credit. We have seasoned professionals working within the financial services industry, including several with advanced business degrees and real-world business experience.

The Banking and Finance Group - one of the largest dedicated financial services groups in the Midwest - works closely with a number of our other practice groups on specialized issues, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Together, Miller Canfield attorneys provide our financial industry clients with timely and skilled representation in the following specific finance areas and matters:

C&I and Asset-Based Finance

Miller Canfield provides local, regional and national lending institutions, commercial finance companies and vehicles with skilled, creative yet practical, informed and efficient services in connection with the structuring, negotiating and closing of a broad array of both secured and unsecured term, revolving and credit support finance transactions. We are known and trusted for the breadth and depth of our skill, experience, knowledge and insight in virtually all asset classes and credit facilities and our ability to navigate through both changing markets and uncertain regulatory environments. For more information, click here.

Commercial Real Estate Finance

Commercial real estate is a Miller Canfield core strength. We bring broad practical knowledge borne of long experience, and a market-wise and creative perspective, to our traditional and nontraditional CRE lender clients, in close and collaborative relationships. We have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges presented by lending, credit concerns and capital markets, as well as regional and industry trends. We understand your business and your collateral, and around that have built a highly respected, seasoned and integrated CRE finance practice. Our experience spans thousands of CRE credit facilities and creative solutions in all property and loan types across the US, loan sizes ranging from $1 million to over $1 billion, and from high-volume programs to uniquely structured and special purpose facilities. For more information, click here.

Loan Syndications and Credits

We are regularly engaged and deeply experienced in the representation of lead lenders, co-lenders, agent banks and participants in connection with the origination, documentation, syndication and participation of both C&I and CRE credit facilities. We understand this fast-moving market, the underlying assets and the interests of the various parties. We work closely with our clients to respond both knowledgeably and quickly in the structuring, review, negotiation and execution of loan syndication and credit arrangements. For more information, click here.

Commercial and Industrial Lending Enforcement, Workout, Insolvency and Litigation

Miller Canfield’s lender-focused practice is one of the premier practices of its type. Our experience and knowledge cover both the enforcement and defense of a broad range of distressed financial relationships, products, instruments and arrangements. Our engagements include secured and unsecured facilities, syndications and agented credits, credit enhancement, and derivatives and cash management over an equally broad range of industries.

Commercial Real Estate Workout, Foreclosure and Litigation

Miller Canfield’s CRE workout, foreclosure and related litigation practice is among the leading and most experienced practices of its type in the nation. We regularly implement creative and effective workout solutions to distressed assets. We have successfully litigated some of the industry’s leading enforcement cases. Our success is anchored in the fact that many members of our cross-disciplinary team are exclusively devoted to matters involving troubled commercial real estate assets. Working hand-in-hand, we bring deep knowledge and considerable experience to each engagement. We regularly address and resolve issues unique to master and special servicers, banks and insurance companies, private investors and non-bank lenders involving troubled CRE assets. We understand your industry, your collateral, your concerns and how to efficiently accomplish your goals. For more information, click here.

Receiverships, REO, Property and Portfolio Acquisitions & Dispositions

Our extensive experience and deep knowledge in representing both institutional and private owners and developers of real property, as well as lenders, special servicers and receivers, aids us in engagements for post-foreclosure REO property management, transaction structuring and asset disposition. Additionally, we have extensive experience in the structuring, due diligence review and execution of both acquisitions and dispositions of portfolios of performing and distressed commercial loans and REO properties, including sales through receivers. For more information, click here.

Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency

Miller Canfield’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Group is consistently ranked as a top restructuring practice. Our expertise, experience, market knowledge and insight extend beyond borders and across industries to provide our clients with seamless and consistent service throughout the world. For more information, click here.

Tax

Miller Canfield’s tax lawyers provide the Banking and Finance Group with significant integrated, sophisticated and diverse resources for essential guidance in connection with credit transactions as they may be affected by local state, multistate, national and international tax issues. These issues include sophisticated borrower, sponsor and asset structuring, such as offshore entities and complex tax-related investment and debt structuring, as well as ownership, control and transfer scenarios. For information about state and local tax law, click here. For information about federal tax law, click here.

Environmental, Energy and Regulatory Services

Miller Canfield’s Environmental, Energy and Regulatory Group has the skill, knowledge and experience to guide you through the expanding array of environment and energy laws and regulations and the interlocking network of federal, state and local environmental mandates. We bring this ability to you from loan origination and administration through modification, workout, foreclosure and REO acquisition and disposition. Our principals in this group average more than 25 years of practical legal experience and include former high-level environment and utility government officials, permit engineers, technical consultants, litigators and appellate advocates. For more information, click here.

Economic Development Incentives

Competition for economic development and business expansion incentives is fierce. Miller Canfield attorneys have the skills, knowledge, practical experience and relationships necessary to navigate the complex maze of tax credits, abatements, subsidies, exemptions and incentives available to help you make sound decisions in seeking a broad range of incentive options at every level of government. We have a remarkable record of success in this regard. For more information, click here.

Public Finance

Miller Canfield’s Public Finance Group is one of the largest bond and tax-exempt practices in the Midwest, the 13th largest in the U.S., and recognized as one of the best in the country. Our public finance skills and resources are allied in our banking and finance practice to permit us to seamlessly coordinate on structuring and negotiating transactions with both institutional and public financing components. This allows us to easily move from one financing structure to another to accommodate fluctuating market conditions and pricing considerations. Miller Canfield’s Public Finance Group is well known and highly regarded for its work in financing capital projects and infrastructure improvements, economic development and environmental response projects. For more information, click here.

Wind Energy Development and Finance

Miller Canfield’s Renewable Energy Team has particular experience in connection with the development, financing and project management of large-scale wind energy projects on behalf of lenders and investors, including utility company developer/acquirers. Our experience includes extensive multi-property and multi-state projects, where we combine lean processes, experience in the management of third parties and our ability to move and staff quickly and efficiently. For more information, click here.