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Banking and Corporate Finance Department

The banking & finance department of The Collins Law Firm provides a full range of transactional and litigation services to our clients. Our experienced banking attorneys regularly represent national and local financial institutions, private equity groups and credit facility purchasers, and investors in private and non-traditional lending. The firm represents its banking clients across a full range of needs and is dedicated to assisting clients in loan origination, servicing and compliance, and troubled assets and default situations. We understand that a timely and forward-thinking response is critical to serve the needs of our banking and finance clients.

The Firm’s representation in loan origination includes drafting, negotiating, and closing transactions secured by all types of real estate, personal or intangible property, and asset-based lending. In loan origination, the Firm counsels and assists with the origination and servicing of construction and draw loans, revolving credit facilities, and transactions involving out-of-state collateral. The Firm also represents financial institutions and private equity groups in complex or sophisticated credit facilities, including subordinated lending, mezzanine financing, and syndicated or participant loans.

In addition, we are seasoned litigators and provide strategies and solutions in troubled assets and default situations. This includes complex loan workouts and forbearance agreements. With respect to defaults, the Firm has significant experience in collateral foreclosures, resolving liens and litigating lien priority, and complex creditor-rights litigation.

The Firm further assist financial institutions and private lenders in post-recovery of assets, including REO management and collateral sales, auctions, and leases.

To complete our full-service representation, we provide compliance advice, corporate governance assistance, and lender-liability avoidance strategies to our financial institution clients. The Firm’s attorneys have significant experience in lender liability and D&O defense in the community banking industry, including representation during appeals.

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Client Reviews
★★★★★
Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
★★★★★
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
★★★★★
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
★★★★★
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
★★★★★
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.