BRADENTON, Fla. - Chapman and Cutler LLP has opened a new office in Charlotte, N.C., as part of its expansion effort into the Southeast.

Four attorneys and an office coordinator formerly with Winston & Strawn LLP will staff the office, which is Chapman’s sixth location.

The team is being led by partner and office leader René J. LeBlanc-Allman and partner David L. Batty.

Chapman and Cutler partner René J. LeBlanc-Allman will head up the firm’s new office in Charlotte, N.C.
Chapman and Cutler partner René J. LeBlanc-Allman will head up the firm’s new office in Charlotte, N.C. Chapman and Cutler

Senior counsel Joshua M. Smith, associate Eric R. Manor, and Lynnette Maldonado, who will oversee office operations and support, have also joined the new office.

The attorneys will focus on providing legal counsel to financial institutions and equity sponsors in corporate lending transactions; leveraged credit and cross-border facilities for mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, and recapitalizations; and distressed credit facilities, according to the firm.

“Chapman’s long-term strategy has been to deepen and expand relationships with clients in major U.S. banking centers, and our Charlotte office is a significant step toward continuing to support clients throughout the Southeast region,” said chief executive partner Tim Mohan.

The firm’s commercial lending practice includes representing each of the 10 largest U.S. banks, three of which have significant Charlotte business operations, said Greg Klamrzynski, co-leader of Chapman’s commercial lending group.

Charlotte also is home to a “significant” client base for Chapman’s public finance practice, its debt private placements, and its asset securitization and structured finance practice, the firm said.

In addition to Charlotte, Chapman has offices in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

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