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Commercial Finance

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Services & Industries >> Commercial Finance

We advise our clients in financings for industries ranging from agriculture and entertainment to hospitality, real estate, and technology, and we work with virtually all types of financial transactions including bi-lateral and syndicated, employee stock option plan, leveraged, trade financings, and swaps.

We regularly work on transactions secured by personal and real property, including intellectual property, margin stock, and international assets. Our commercial finance lawyers help financial institutions restructure, work out and enforce debt and leasing financing at all levels of the capital structure, including asset-backed, bridge, Chapter 11-exit, hybrid instrument, mezzanine, private and public, and senior secured debt.

Our clients include:

  • International and regional banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment funds
  • Real estate investment funds
  • Commercial finance companies
  • Real estate finance companies
  • Hedge funds
  • Other commercial and consumer lenders

The current state of financial markets has put a premium on knowing and understanding market practices. Clients rely on us for creative, well-informed advice regarding structuring, negotiating and documenting virtually every type of loan product employed in domestic and international transactions. We regularly work on transactions secured by real and personal property and have particular expertise in dealing with transactions implicating laws applicable to intellectual property, real property, securities and other investment property. Many of these transactions involve negotiating the relationship among lenders and lending groups, including varying levels of subordinated debt, mezzanine debt, and unitranche financings. Our reputation is based on our understanding of how to achieve commercial goals within a constantly evolving legal environment.

We frequently work on traditional and non-traditional asset-based financings. Naturally, as a group within a premiere real estate firm, we have vast capabilities to address real estate issues arising in asset-based and other commercial structures.

Our commercial finance lawyers work closely with our litigators and bankruptcy attorneys both in the initial structuring of transactions and in restructurings, work out and enforcement of debt transactions.

Our attorneys have been recognized as preeminent in their fields by well-respected ranking services and directories, including Best Lawyers of America and Chambers USA.


Pauline M. Stevens is a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Chambers USA 2018 recognized Pauline M. Stevens.

  • Their level of service and responsiveness is what sets them apart."
    - Managing Director, Global Financial Services Firm


Pauline M. Stevens

Pauline M. Stevens


Los Angeles

(213) 955-5606