Bingham is a recognized market leader in banking and leveraged finance for a variety of reasons:
Long and Deep History Representing Lenders. Bingham has represented bank lenders for over 100 years and today is a leading law firm in the lending markets in the U.S. and globally. Our diverse practice covers a wide range of debt financings, including syndicated, club and bilateral facilities, middle-market to large cap financings, leveraged and investment-grade financings, cash flow and asset-based financings, private placements, and multicurrency and cross-border financings.
Variety of Clients. Our team represents major national and international banks as well as leading non-bank lenders (hedge funds, business development corporations and mutual funds). Through our private placement practice we represent many of the market’s most active insurance company lenders. Our diverse client base distinguishes us from many of our competitors, who are known for representing either bank lenders or non-bank lenders, but not both. We also represent a wide range of companies on the borrower-side, including private equity sponsors.
Middle-Market Leveraged Finance Market Leader. We have a first-tier, middle-market acquisition and leveraged finance practice. We are experts in first-lien and second-lien financings, senior-secured and unsecured mezzanine financings, and unitranche and first-out/last-out financings. We represent both senior and junior capital providers — a distinction few practices can claim. Our vibrant middle-market practice in the US covers both the east coast (New York/Boston/Hartford) and the west coast (Los Angeles and San Francisco).
Cross-Border Lending Market Leader. With offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, Bingham is a leader in cross-border lending and is well-equipped to handle lending transactions across multiple jurisdictions. We are particularly active in the lending markets in Latin America, where the firm has practiced for nearly 100 years and where we have deep relationships with local counsel and financial institutions. We are the law firm of choice for cross-border private placements.
Restructuring Market Leader. Our partners have deep restructuring experience, and we are involved in some of the most complex restructuring assignments, both in the US and globally. Our leading Financial Restructuring Practice informs our front-end lending practice, distinguishing us from our competitors.
Thought Leaders. Our partners are at the cutting edge of the law, regularly working with trade organizations such as the LSTA (in New York) and the LMA (in London), speaking at industry events, and teaching banking and secured-transactions law in law schools. Our lawyers assisted in drafting the secured transactions law in the U.S. (the Uniform Commercial Code) and work on United Nations committees drafting a model secured transactions law.
Our Diversity. In today’s world, where diversity is no longer a goal, but an imperative, we are market leaders. Overall diversity among our partners (including women, attorneys of color and LGBT standings) is roughly 40 percent.
Complementary Finance Practices. Our Banking and Leveraged Finance lawyers practice side-by-side with a number of other market-leading Bingham finance practices:
• Financial Restructuring Practice
• Institutional Finance (Private Placement) Practice
• Structured Transactions Practice
• Energy and Project Finance Practice
• Real Estate Finance Practice
• International Tax Practice
• Aviation Finance and Leasing Practice
This deep pool of finance talent and experience across a wide spectrum of leading finance practices distinguishes us from our competitors.