Financial Services

Regional Banking

For regional and national banks with commercial lending business, Farella lawyers offer discrete knowledge and practical experience. Acting for banks as outside-counsel or on a special project basis, we structure and document a range of financial transactions involving businesses, high-net-worth individuals, developers, professional services firms, and others.

Tailored to Your Needs

From the complex to the routine, through the nuances of flexible financings, syndicated loans, term loans, acquisition loans and  revolving credit lines, Farella is poised to add value to all client transactions.

Throughout the lending process, we offer our clients high-quality counsel and careful management of available resources. Our lawyers bring acute business acumen and judgement to deals—they know what’s worth fighting for and what’s not. With our knowledge and experience, we know what’s “market,” and can sort out issues relatively quickly and practically. We can make reasonable business calls in grey areas to get deals done without undue expense.

Always mindful of right-sized staffing, our clients receive key partner attention, supported by experienced associates as needed, to create proven efficiencies for banks and their borrowers. Farella also has the ability to be nimble and flexible in fee agreements.

Industry Focus Adds Value

Our industry experience becomes especially valuable in shaping terms and documentation for the needs of banks and their customers in niche industries, including agriculture, dairy, wine, cannabis, energy infrastructure development, professional service firms, private equity and real estate.

Wine Industry and Agricultural Lending

Along the west coast, Farella holds a unique position as one of the foremost advisors to the wine and cannabis industries. From this viewpoint, we are well-equipped to represent lenders to wineries and cannabis operations. In Napa and Sonoma, specifically, we act as outside counsel to the leading winery finance group, documenting financings for family-owned wineries producing high-end wines.

We also work deals for banks lending to large agricultural operations such as dairies and corporate wineries, that provide funding for construction, acquisitions, and operations. In particular, we are frequently engaged to draft complicated syndicated loans or structure operating lines of credit to help growers, producers, and sellers balance seasonal cash flows.

Energy and Infrastructure Finance

Farella’s extensive experience in the energy sector helps our client’s successfully finance energy projects.  Farella has a highly collaborative team of attorneys with a diverse set of skills uniquely suited to assist project sponsors throughout the project development finance process.  We help clients ensure that their key project agreements (e.g, real estate, permitting, EPC, interconnection, power sales and financing agreements) are negotiated and drafted in a manner that will ease a sponsor’s way to closing, and help them quickly and efficiently identify and resolve and/or avoid project development issues.

In addition, the firm is often engaged in a specialized counsel role to large infrastructure lenders, who also benefit from our team’s collaborative approach, extensive experience and diverse skill set, and help lenders  to deftly complete project diligence review and identify and resolve  project contract and financing issues, including related to permitting, siting, title insurance, offtake and interconnection issues.

Bank Litigation and Investigations

We regularly represent regional and national banks and/or their officers and directors in a variety of  high stakes litigation matters alleging securities fraud, improper accounting and sales practice, patent infringement, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, as well as insolvency issues. These matters sometimes involve class action and/or derivative claims with parallel governmental investigatory or enforcement proceedings brought by agencies including the SEC, OCC, FDIC or DOJ.  We have also conducted  internal investigations to identify and address any problems before they lead to protracted litigation.

Firm Highlights

News

City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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