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Calfee’s Commercial and Public Finance practice represents clients in all aspects of domestic and international transactions, financings, and debt structures.

The firm’s commercial attorneys counsel financial institutions and borrowers in analyzing, structuring, documenting, and negotiating all aspects of finance in private, public, syndicated, international, and governmental settings.

We also assist companies in developing and structuring the commercial aspects of domestic and international business relationships including development projects, sales, distribution arrangements, and multinational ventures. We are among those select firms having established an independent practice dedicated solely to commercial business and finance – a practice now setting high standards of excellence for other commercial finance practices.


Chambers USA Band 3 Ranking (Ohio)

For more than a decade, Calfee's Commercial and Public Finance group has been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2019, Chambers USA researchers noted that our team has “experience acting on financings and debt structures for a diverse range of local and national clients, [and are] particularly adept at handling mezzanine financings.

Chambers USA researchers further reported that a client commented: "The entire Calfee team is experienced and of high quality. They are responsive, personable and knowledgeable."

"Best Law Firms” National Tier 3 Ranking, U.S. News–Best Law Firms in America

Calfee was selected for inclusion to “Best Law Firms” 2020 by U.S. News–Best Law Firms in America Banking and Finance Law (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Cleveland Tier 1) and in Commercial Finance Law (Metropolitan Columbus Tier 3).

IFLR1000 Elite Dealmakers (Tier 1 Ranking), USA's Leading Financial & Corporate Law Firms 2018

Calfee was selected for inclusion to the IFLR1000 Elite Dealmakers, published by IFLR1000 United States – Guide to USA's Leading Financial & Corporate Law Firms 2020 in Banking and Finance (Tier 1). IFLR1000 researchers quoted a Calfee client describing Calfee's Banking Group in the following way: "Everything they did seemed a level above all my prior dealing with a law firm."







  • Revolving, term, asset-based
  • Multi-currency and international
  • ESOP financings
  • Multi-lender syndications and participations
  • Debt offerings; note purchase arrangements

Commercial Finance

  • Asset-backed structured finance securitizations
  • SBIC equity and debt placements
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Derivatives transactions
  • Interest rate protection
  • Letters of credits and guarantees

Domestic and International Business

  • Sales, distribution and agency
  • Commercial aspects of joint ventures
  • Computer developments and servicing
  • Electronic data interchange

Workouts & Restructurings

  • Secured party sales
  • Troubled debt purchases
  • Facility restructurings
  • Standstill and forbearance arrangements
  • Debtor-in-possession financings
  • Inter-creditor and subordination arrangements

Specialized Banking Services

  • Lender liability audits
  • Special opinion counsel
  • Regulatory compliance; FIRREA
  • Thrift and bank holding companies

Specialized Business Transactions

  • Equipment leasing; sale-leasebacks
  • Project financings
  • Asset acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy acquisitions

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"The entire Calfee team is experienced and of high quality. They are responsive, personable and knowledgeable."

Chambers USA

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