Finance & Commercial Transactions
Friday, Eldredge & Clark knows how to structure commercial financing for both lenders and borrowers. We quickly grasp the basics of a transaction, develop the most cost-effective structure, and proactively identify problems. Our lawyers get the deal done by working with lenders, issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers, and servicers on innovative transactions, as well as routine financings where controlling costs is essential.
Whether you are a multinational corporation, middle-market company, or family business, we will help you identify the best financing options. You get the guidance of a multi-disciplinary team of skilled business lawyers, many of whom are trained as CPAs and who have received recognition for their capabilities from Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America. With this kind of insight, we fully explain all the details and ramifications of the financing agreement, and make sure it doesn’t limit your future financing options. Our lawyers protect your interests in any financing deal, negotiating optimum payment, liability, control, and tax provisions.
When public or private companies of all sizes look for new financing sources, we help them obtain the capital market access they need. Our lawyers have handled numerous debt and equity financing and are typically involved in every phase of capital raising transactions. We also represent underwriters and placement agents in these financings. If your company’s need is for commercial debt finance, we will help you secure traditional bank commercial loans, or publicly and privately placed debt offerings. However, we also advise on such specialized transactions as these. We frequently serve as local counsel on multistate loans for purposes of document review and opinions.
Real Estate Finance
Few law firms in Arkansas surpass our ability in handling complex transactions such as Section 1031 like-kind exchanges, which we structure to help clients close on replacement property without incurring negative tax consequences. You can also get our help with creative variations, such as reverse like-kind exchanges (in which the new property purchase precedes the exchange sale) and deferred like-kind exchanges.
Merger & Acquisition Finance
If your organization is acquiring a public, private, or non-profit entity, rely on our lawyers to help secure and document the financing that’s right for your deal. We help both public and private acquirers secure access to the necessary capital and can negotiate the terms of conventional bank debt, mezzanine financing, and seller-provided financing. Other financing mechanisms that we can assist you with as your unique needs require include private placements, public equity, and convertible debt or equity issues.
We have represented equity investors and companies raising private capital, and assisted with early stage and emerging company capital formation and buyout transactions. No matter what side of the table you are on, we understand what is important to each participant and can develop alternate approaches and structures to achieve the results you want.
When non-bank retail merchants and consumer lenders in Arkansas sought relief from the state’s usury law cap and subsequent exemptions made to it, commercial banks in the state faced significant legal disadvantages. Our lawyers brokered a compromise, resulting in a proposed state constitutional amendment that, if passed, will relieve interest caps on consumer loans and tax exempt bonds without harming the state’s commercial lending environment.