Commercial Business and Finance

Calfee’s Commercial Business and Finance practice features an independent practice of attorneys solely dedicated to commercial business and finance. We represent 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. We also assist companies in developing and structuring the commercial aspects of domestic and international business relationships including development projects, sales, distribution arrangements, and multinational ventures. We are among those select firms having established an independent practice dedicated solely to commercial business and finance - a practice now setting high standards of excellence for other commercial finance practices.

Our Commercial Business and Finance group is routinely recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an industry-leading legal resource for professionals in search of qualified, experienced legal counsel. In 2018, Chambers USA researchers noted that our team has "experience handling transactions on behalf of borrowers and lenders [and acts] on financings and debt structures for a diverse range of local and national clients." Peers described attorneys in the group as "sensational" and "very talented." 


  • Revolving, term, asset-based
  • Multicurrency and international
  • ESOP financings
  • Multilender syndications and participations
  • Debt offerings; note purchase arrangements

Commercial Finance

  • Asset-backed structured finance securitizations
  • SBIC equity and debt placements
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Derivatives transactions
  • Interest rate protection
  • Letters of credits and guarantees

Domestic and International Business

  • Sales, distribution and agency
  • Commercial aspects of joint ventures
  • Computer developments and servicing
  • Electronic data interchange

Workouts & Restructurings

  • Secured party sales
  • Troubled debt purchases
  • Facility restructurings
  • Standstill and forbearance arrangements
  • Debtor-in-possession financings
  • Intercreditor and subordination arrangements

Specialized Banking Services

  • Lender liability audits
  • Special opinion counsel
  • Regulatory compliance; FIRREA
  • Thrift and bank holding companies

Specialized Business Transactions

  • Equipment leasing; sale-leasebacks
  • Project financings
  • Asset acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy acquisitions