Otterbourg Appoints Valerie Mason and Nneoma Maduike Co-Chairs of Lender Financing Practice Group
Otterbourg PC today announced that Valerie S. Mason and Nneoma A. Maduike have been appointed co-chairs of the firm’s Lender Funding Practice Group.
Otterbourg’s experienced Lender Finance team advises and represents leading US and global institutional lenders and regional banks, as mature lenders and lenders, sponsor-backed companies and strategies, ranging from start-ups to lenders and mature traditional funds, merchant cash advance companies, active lenders, letter carriers and fintech lenders, as borrowers, under revolving credit facilities and “lender-to-lender” secured term loans .
Ms. Maduike and Ms. Mason are also members of the Otterbourg Finance practice, which encompasses acquisition financing, asset-backed loans, structured finance, bankruptcy financing, international and syndicated loans, among other areas. specialized. The new Lender Financing practice group reflects a formal recognition of Otterbourg’s long-term growth and expansion of lender financing transactions under this practice and our ability to help lenders limit and manage their risks while developing positive relationships with borrowers.
“Our firm’s long-standing banking and financial experience and well-respected reputation in the asset-backed lending market reinforces the expertise we bring to our representation of lenders and borrowers in lender financing transactions,” by providing strategic and targeted information and tailored solutions to our clients. goals, ”Ms. Mason said.
Ms. Maduike added, “Our level of fluency in working across a wide range of credit markets gives us the practical and legal experience to work with our clients as partners in structuring, negotiating and documenting various aspects. lender financing transactions. We can help you assess loan portfolios, structure appropriate lending criteria, and identify and resolve issues that will arise with a particular portfolio on an ongoing basis before that issue becomes problematic. Because we have also represented borrowers in lender finance transactions for years, we have the ability to view and assess loan transactions and documentation from each side of the transaction.”
The Otterbourg Lender Finance practice is a subset of the highly regarded Otterbourg Finance practice, in which Ms. Maduike and Ms. Mason are members of the firm and for which the firm is highly regarded and frequently honored by major associations and industry publications. As co-general counsel of the Secured Finance Network, the national trade association for lenders engaged in asset-based lending, Otterbourg is at the forefront of resolving issues affecting the industry and its clients.
Mrs. Maduike represents banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, trade finance companies and other institutional lenders in the structuring and documentation of lease and loan transactions, including transactions based on assets, cash flow and structured finance, as well as loan agreements and restructurings and portfolio acquisitions provisions. She has advised numerous financing transactions dealing with a wide range of legal issues raised by federal, state and international law.
Ms. Maduike has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of America’s Top 15 Women of Influence, won the 2017 Commercial Finance Association 40 under 40 Awards and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women of the commercial sector in 2018. Finance. She is an active member of several legal organizations, including the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the Commercial Finance Association, the New York City FinTech Women, and the New York City Bar Association. She is a member of the board of directors and past president of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law – New York.
Mrs. Mason is a leading banking and finance lawyer who advises some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, trade finance companies and hedge funds on the structuring and restructuring of finance transactions. These include revolving credit facilities and term loans for acquisitions and general working capital needs, reorganization agreements, lender financing transactions, cross-border financing and debtor financing facilities. operator and “exit” from Chapter 11.
Ms. Mason is Otterbourg’s liaison with the SEO Law scholarship program and is an active member of the Women in Secured Finance committee of the Secured Finance network. She is involved in criminal justice reform, assisting women in the criminal justice system through her service on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association & Home, Inc., including as chair of the board of directors. . She is currently the second vice-chair of Community Board 8 from New York to Manhattan, as well as the co-chair of the Small Business Committee of CB 8. In 2017, she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the State Assembly. of New York and in 2019 received an “OTTY (Our Town Thanks You Award) by Straus News for its community advocacy.
About Otterbourg PC
Otterbourg PC offers its clients a unique combination of legal knowledge and practical solutions and is known for its integrity, legal expertise, stability and business knowledge. The firm, created over 100 years ago, regularly represents clients on national and international issues, including banks, financial companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment firms. real estate, businesses and high net worth individuals. The practice areas of the firm include domestic and cross-border finance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, as well as trusts and estates.