Banking, Lending & Financial Services

Making or obtaining a commercial loan is not as straightforward as it used to be. The breadth of sources and the complexity of terms for funding business ventures have increased dramatically in the last decade. Both lenders and borrowers need guidance to stay informed about the constantly changing market conditions and availability of options to protect their interests and maximize their flexibility. Axley Banking and Finance Attorneys can provide that advice.


Axley lawyers provide services to lenders in Wisconsin and nationwide, including national and state banks, savings and loan institutions, holding companies and their financial services affiliates, insurance companies, finance companies, credit unions, mortgage banking and brokerage companies, pension funds and other institutional investors. We advise large global and small community-based financial institutions in the context of specific transactions as well as on an on-going basis.

Our experienced lending attorneys are well prepared to handle all aspects of commercial loans, real estate mortgage financings and structured finance transactions, including construction, conduit and permanent financings, syndicated loans, lines of credit, low-income housing and new markets tax credit transactions, intercreditor arrangements, credit enhancement transactions, bond financings, accounts receivable financing, inventory financing and employee stock option plan financing. We also represent lenders in negotiations regarding the sale and acquisition of participation interests in individual loans and loan portfolios, as well as owned real estate (ORE).

Our representation also includes a significant bankruptcy and loan workout practice that advises lenders with loans in financial difficulty, resulting in restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions, auctions, receiverships and other creditor arrangements. Axley’s litigation practice includes representation of lenders against lender liability claims.

Axley Banking and Finance Attorneys act as Wisconsin local counsel to out-of-state lenders, law firms and investors. This advice may include providing information or legal opinions as to loans secured by property in Wisconsin, coordination with local title companies, commercial or consumer loans made to Wisconsin borrowers or other out-of-state lending operation issues, including doing business, state taxation and regulatory issues.


On the borrowing side, Axley represents borrowers in commercial and asset-based loan transactions, private debt offerings, bond financings and in credit enhancement transactions. We regularly assist developers and contractors in obtaining real estate financing, both for construction and development and for permanent financing.

Banking, Lending & Financial Services Attorneys

Client Successes

Financing of Environmentally Impaired Real Estate
Advised lenders with regard to financing of environmentally impaired real estate.
Negotiation and Documentation of Equipment Lease Finance Transactions
Negotiated and documented hundreds of multi-million dollar equipment lease finance transactions on behalf of a national equipment finance company.
Sale of Lease Portfolio
Represented national equipment finance company in the sale of a $1.4B lease portfolio sale including air and rail assets and established documentation and procedures for post-closing servicing of portfolio.

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