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Manley is a partner in the debt finance group of McGuireWoods. He has extensive experience representing lead arrangers, administrative agents and lenders in syndicated loan transactions and bilateral loans. He regularly works on secured and unsecured loan facilities provided to leveraged and investment-grade borrowers. His clients include national banks and their capital markets affiliates, state banks and commercial finance companies. He also represents publicly-held and privately-owned businesses as borrowers in loan facilities. Manley has also handled complex structured finance transactions – representing issuers in asset securitizations and arrangers in synthetic lease and other leveraged lease facilities. He has taught classes on syndicated lending, loan documentation, secured transactions and leasing to lawyers, bankers, bar organizations and paralegal organizations. He is co-chairman of the firm’s Legal Opinion Committee and chairman of the debt finance group’s Associate Training Program. Manley was a law clerk to Judge Irving L. Goldberg in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

McGuireWoods LLP handles an impressive volume of mandates on behalf of regulated and non-regulated lenders. While the Charlotte office, which houses more than 30 debt finance lawyers, handles the lion’s share of the work, the firm’s Chicago, Los Angeles and New York offices are also highly active, and the Atlanta office stands out for its expertise advising lenders to the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Atlanta-based Art Gambill led a team advising Wells Fargo Capital Finance on a $400m loan to Prime Healthcare Services. The firm also acted for key client Bank of America on a $7bn credit facility to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as well as acting for the same client on multimillion-dollar loans to Clarcor and Babcock & Wilcox. Charlotte-based Raj Natarajan heads the team, which provides a ‘good level of service’ and ‘delivers good and timely work’. Other key names in Charlotte include the ‘very experiencedManley Roberts, Rebecca Chaffin and Eric Burk; in Atlanta, Hill Jordan is recommended; and in Dallas, David McLean is ‘excellent’ for mid-market direct lending.

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