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Gary B. Stern

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Sidley Austin LLP

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Global Finance




United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

First rate in terms of knowledge, depth and quality of service’, Sidley Austin LLP’s practice has established a strong foothold advising corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors, thanks in part to Dallas-based partners Angela Fontana and Kelly Dybala. The firm also acts for a range of lender clients, which include JP Morgan. Mark Kirsons and Myles Pollin jointly lead the global finance practice out of Chicago and New York respectively, and draw upon the strong experience of partners such as Gary Stern and Robert Lewis. Herschel Hamner is also noted for his expertise in oil and gas related financings.

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Structured finance

Within: Structured finance

Sidley Austin LLP’s global finance team is jointly led by Kevin Blauch and Myles Pollin and is particularly strong in securitization, with an emphasis on CLO, CMBS and RMBS work. Blauch is advising Deutsche Bank Securities on a $1.2bn securitization of a commercial mortgage loan backed by a newly constructed Class-A office tower in New York. RJ Carlson acted for JPMorgan Chase in relation to Chase Mortgage Trust 2016-1 and 2016-2, totaling nearly $2.5bn, which were the bank’s first house-transactions backed entirely by its own mortgages since the financial crisis. The team served as loan seller counsel to Morgan Stanley in the first CMBS transaction compliant with the newly enacted risk retention rules, pursuant to Dodd-Frank. In an example of the group’s work with esoteric assets, Chicago-based Gary Stern advised Bank of America in relation to a $33m term loan made to Weinstein Television; the loan is based on the cash flow from future seasons of certain TV shows. San Francisco partner Dale Lum handles motor vehicle lease securitizations, and Chicago-based TJ Gordon has experience working for a variety of financial institutions regarding asset securitization and secured lending.

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