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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Michael Standlee

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Commercial Financing




Michael Standlee concentrates in representation of borrowers and lenders in domestic and international commercial financing transactions.

This includes working capital, acquisition, bridge, equipment lease, public debt and debtor-in-possession financings; representation of borrowers in out-of-court secured debt restructuring transactions; representation of parties in interest in business bankruptcy proceedings and non-bankruptcy reorganizations, including representing buyers and secured lenders in asset sale transactions with bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors and financially distressed borrowers; and representation of licensors and licensees of intellectual property rights in structuring and documentation of transactions with insolvent companies.


JD, University of Southern California; BA, Claremont McKenna College

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

DLA Piper LLP (US) comes highly recommended for its ‘thoughtful, honest, straightforward and detailed legal advice’. The firm’s West Coast lender side practice, which is particularly strong on venture capital loans, ‘tackles challenges, is hungry for work, but manages to maintain a familiar touch and personable appeal’. The venture lending practice is led by the ‘brilliant and very quick’ San Diego-based partner Matt Schwartz, while in Silicon Valley Mike Standlee is praised for his ‘speed, industry, bankruptcy expertise, and understanding of bank legal policies’. A significant highlight was representing Silicon Valley Bank in a co-lending arrangement with Oxford Finance linked to a $100m loan to Puma Biotechnology. Other key lender clients include Comerica and JP Morgan. The firm’s New York team, which includes Jamie Knox, is more active on the mid-level borrower side, and was boosted by the arrival of William Candelaria from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, who is known his Latin America expertise.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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