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Calfee’s Commercial Lending 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 lending practices.


Chambers USA 2022 Band 2 Ranking in Banking & Finance (Ohio)

Calfee's Corporate and Finance practice was ranked by Chambers USA in Band 2 for Banking & Finance in Ohio in 2022. Chambers USA researchers noted that Calfee's banking and finance practice is "Esteemed for its experience in advising major financial institutions and corporate borrowers across a host of banking and finance-related issues, with particular expertise in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Areas of significant strength include financing corporate transactions, capital markets work, bankruptcy and workout matters and counseling on regulatory compliance."

Clients interviewed by Chambers USA stated, "The team is solid, works hard, and gets to the right solutions. It is a very strong team that is client service oriented."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2023 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Banking and Finance Law (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Commercial Finance Law (Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Tax Law (Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Venture Capital Law (National Tier 2, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)

IFLR1000 (United States), Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms and Lawyers

Calfee was selected for inclusion in IFLR1000 – Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms in 2022/2023 as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Ohio for Banking.

IFLR1000 researchers quoted a Calfee client describing Calfee's Commercial Lending group in the following way: "Everything they did seemed a level above all my prior dealings with other law firms."





  • 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 and 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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Source quote from Chambers USA

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