ATLANTA (February 27, 2017) – Holland & Knight announced today that it has significantly expanded its national finance practice with the addition of four partners in Atlanta who represent financial institutions. The team is led by Cindy Brazell and includes Doug Gosden, Chris Dillon and Kendel Drew. Ms. Brazell, Mr. Dillon and Ms. Drew were previously partners and Mr. Gosden was of counsel at Jones Day.
The team has worked together for many years and advises lenders and borrowers in structuring, negotiating and executing complex financing transactions across a number of diverse industries. Their experience handling secured and unsecured credit facilities includes syndicated lending and single bank loans, commercial real estate finance, leveraged cash flow loans, asset-based loans, investment grade loans, acquisition finance and a wide range of other commercial finance transactions.
"Cindy and her team have an outstanding reputation for handling significant finance transactions for some of the country's most active lenders and assisting borrowers in structuring and closing complex corporate finance transactions," said Joe Sirven, co-chair of Holland & Knight's firmwide Financial Services Team. "Holland & Knight's ongoing focus on the Atlanta market is certainly paying off. The past few years have brought great talent to our Financial Services Team and helped us to further solidify our depth as we provide finance capabilities to our clients locally and nationally."
"Our new partners join 20 other lateral attorneys who have joined Holland & Knight in Atlanta over the past three years," said Allen Maines, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Atlanta office. "Cindy and her team offer particular experience in the healthcare and telecommunications areas that is very valuable to lending clients. They share our ambition to expand our finance offerings and their close-knit team is an exceptional addition to the distinguished group of lawyers within the Financial Services Team nationally."
"Holland & Knight offers us a superb opportunity to grow our practice collectively. The firm has a deep bench for a practice like ours that requires strong support from many ancillary practice areas, including healthcare, tax, real estate and government regulations, among others," said Ms. Brazell. "We are delighted by the outstanding prospects that lie ahead for our clients and for us. We've found an extraordinary team and resources at Holland & Knight to complement our practice. The firm's success nationally and here in Atlanta will continue to evolve, and we look forward to being an integral part of it."
With more than 200 members throughout the firm, Holland & Knight's Financial Services Team effectively assists borrowers and lenders with all of their legal needs. With lawyers located in almost every major U.S. market, the team regularly advises financial industry clients on their most sophisticated transactions, including asset-based lending, syndicated loans, structured finance, public finance, derivatives, capital markets, insurance, project finance and real estate finance. The team also includes skilled litigators and counsel in the area of white collar defense and regulatory compliance.