Banking & Finance Litigation

Whether providing counsel directly to banks or to those seeking financing from traditional and innovative lenders and investors, Freeborn’s attorneys leverage their years of experience to manage all manners of financing for their clients. Our banking and finance practice combines the knowledge of multiple practices, including our Corporate Practice Group, Real Estate Practice Group, Litigation Practice Group and Bankruptcy Practice Group. This gives us the ability to handle the full breadth of our clients’ financial issues.

For lenders, we provide a full suite of legal services. This includes general corporate counsel and transactional assistance, such as the development and review of lending agreements. We also represent lending institutions and investors, including private equity firms, as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration. In the event a lender becomes a creditor due to a borrower’s bankruptcy, we help navigate our clients through the process to mitigate any potential losses.

We represent a variety of borrowers across multiple industries, including owners and developers in construction and real estate, food manufacturers, transportation companies and healthcare organizations, among many others. Our banking and finance counsel includes general transaction assistance – including contract review and negotiations – as well as litigation and bankruptcy support.

When conflicts arise among lenders, investors, borrowers and other parties, including mechanic’s lien and other lien claimants, our deep bench of experienced litigators can help swiftly resolve disputes and mitigate risk exposure so that your business can continue with minimal interruption.

We aggressively advocate for our clients’ positions in conflicts arising from loans, trades, transactions and financial products. In addition to the standard actions to foreclose on real estate security and collect on unpaid notes and guarantees, our experience includes claims related to alleged mortgage fraud, lender liability, replevin and detinue actions based on non-real estate collateral, UCC claims and foreclosures of security interests, claims pertaining to bad checks and forged third-party endorsements, municipal violations and zoning claims on both properties securing bank loans and OREO properties, claims bought by tax buyers seeking tax deeds, and litigating insurance claims based on damages to OREO properties. Additionally, we represent receivers and obtain receivers for property securing loans or, alternatively, obtain possession for banks as mortgagees in possession.