We simplify and facilitate complex financial transactions to help you reach the best possible resolution.
A Full-Service Finance Partner
We often hear it said “money makes the world go around” (or, in the case of Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray in Cabaret, we heard it sung). Now that you can’t get that tune out of your head, let’s explore that premise. Does money make the world go around? Frankly, we suspect there is a more complicated scientific explanation implicating Newton’s laws of physics and magnetic poles, but that does not mean we do not recognize the importance of an orderly process of finance on all facets of the economy. Capital is essential to the formation, operation, and growth of business. Deciding the form and amount of that capital can be a daunting challenge (a mark, a yen, a buck or a pound – sorry, there’s that song again). Anyway, when it comes to making decisions concerning capital, you want straightforward legal counsel you can understand from an advisor you can trust. The attorneys in our Finance Practice Group take a creative, efficient and practical approach to assist both capital sources and capital recipients in a wide array of finance transactions, including business loans, real estate loans, and private placements of debt and equity securities. Money may make the world go around, but we can help you keep your head from spinning.
We bring a creative, efficient and practical approach, leaning on our deep experience and looking across practice groups when appropriate, to get finance transactions done as smoothly as possible.
We understand that commercial loans are critical to business — whether to finance working capital, business expansion or growth, a merger or acquisition, or a recapitalization. The lawyers in our Finance Practice have extensive experience representing both borrowers and lenders in a wide range of commercial finance transactions.
The lawyers in our Finance Practice advise on, negotiate, document, and close a broad array of real estate finance transactions, involving all classes of property (including office, retail, multi-family residential, mixed use, industrial, hospitality, and healthcare), for both borrowers and lenders. Our experienced lawyers are recognized for their ability to close transactions of varying size and complexity — from routine to large and complex — efficiently and quickly.
A private offering of debt or equity securities is an important source of financing for a private fund, independent sponsor, syndicator, or founder of an early or growth stage company. It also may be an alternative to a traditional commercial loan for an established private company. Fortunately, our lawyers regularly advise issuers and investors in connection with private placements of equity, debt, and hybrid securities. So, you will know that when you choose PFS, you are choosing an experienced team of trusted advisors.
We use an interdisciplinary approach to represent clients in restructuring, workout, foreclosure and litigation matters involving distressed or nonperforming commercial and real estate loans. The attorneys in our Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups have significant experience in commercial and real estate financing transactions and, together with seasoned attorneys from our Litigation Practice Group, work with clients to reach negotiated resolutions of troubled credit situations where possible and in litigation if necessary.
Alan Patzik is a founder of the firm and a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Alan has extensive experience in merger and acquisition work, commercial finance, […]
Chad Buttell is a partner in the firm’s Business Law, Tax, and Social Impact & Innovation Practice Groups. Chad joined PFS in 1998, after several years at another firm where […]
David J. Schwartz is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. As a member of the firm’s Corporate Group, Dave represents businesses in a variety of business and […]
Gary Walt is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Gary has represented more than hundreds of middle market businesses, sophisticated entrepreneurs, family businesses and banks and […]
Joel G. Shapiro is a partner in the firm’s Corporate, Finance and Tax Practice Groups. Joel represents clients in a variety of businesses and industries in tax, corporate and securities […]
John Morse is a partner and chairs the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. John has extensive experience working with clients on the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, management, and construction of […]
Marc Z. Samotny is a partner in the firm’s Business, Finance and Tax Law (including Estate Planning) Practice Groups. For more than 40 years, Marc has counseled privately held businesses […]
Steve Prebish is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Steve has extensive experience in the merger and acquisition and finance practices, and also provides general business […]
Our finance attorneys bring a wealth of experience and resources to every transaction. We work closely with our PFS colleagues in other practice areas to ensure you have the right expertise for your needs. Learn about our team.