EDWIN E. SMITH is a partner in the New York City and Boston offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He concentrates his practice in general commercial and insolvency law. He has been a member of the teaching faculty at the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University Law School, where he has taught secured transactions and transnational lending and trade finance. He has also served as a lecturer on secured transactions at Northeastern University Law School of Law, Harvard Law School and Suffolk Law School.
As a Uniform Law Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he has served as a member of the drafting committees for the 1995 revisions of Article 5 (letters of credit) and the 1999 revisions of Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code and as the chair of the drafting committees that formulated the 2002 amendments to Articles 3 (negotiable instruments) and 4 (bank deposits and collections) of the Uniform Commercial Code, the 2010 amendments to Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code, the 2014 amendments to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (formerly the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act) and the 2018 Amendments to Articles 1, 3, 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to address electronic mortgage notes secured by residential real property and registered in a federal registry. He has also served on the drafting committees for the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (2005), the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act (2005), the Uniform Manufactured Housing Act (2012), the Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act (2017), the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (2017), and the Uniform Supplemental Commercial Law for the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (2018).
He is currently serving as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code and as chair of an American Law Institute/Uniform Law Commission study committee examining whether the Uniform Commercial Code should be amended for emerging technologies. Mr. Smith is a past Chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a past member of the Council for the Business Law Section. He also served as a U.S. delegate on the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade and as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) working group on creating a secured transactions guide for legislation in United Nations member countries.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference (for which he serves on the executive committee), the American College of Bankruptcy (for which he served as a member on the board of directors and as chair of the Policy Committee) and the International Insolvency Institute and is a past President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
June Basden is both an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant with more than 29 years of experience in commercial finance and banking law. She represents national, regional and community banks, financial institutions and commercial lenders in a variety of finance transactions, with a special focus on commercial lending and creditors' rights.
June has extensive experience in asset-based lending, factoring, single-lender and syndicated credit facilities, commercial real estate transactions, loan workouts and modifications, foreclosures and bankruptcies. She is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her clients have found her strategic counsel especially critical in the current financial landscape as she advocates for ways to achieve the best possible outcome.
Professional Memberships and Activities
American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Fellow and former Regent
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, Board of Directors; Finance Committee, Chairperson
American Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association; Former Chairperson of the Business Law Section
North Carolina Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Risk Management Association, Triad Chapter Board of Directors
Turnaround Management Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Joanne co-leads the firm’s U.S. direct lending practice. Her practice includes debt investments and debt restructurings across the capital structure. Sherepresents business development companies, debt investment funds, banks, and other institutional investors in a diverse range of transactions including unitranche, senior secured, and mezzanine transactions.
She has extensive experience with intercreditor arrangements including agreements among lenders, first lien/second lien and split collateral intercreditor agreements, and subordination agreements. She is a regular speaker at a Practising Law Institute program on intercreditor agreements.
Joanne is qualified to practice in New York and is a solicitor in England and Wales. She was previously qualified as a barrister in England and Wales, and was a practicing advocate and solicitor in Singapore.
Representative Clients and Matters
Notable transactions in which Joanne has been involved include the following:
Advised KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in a $240 million unitranche financing for the acquisition of Fastener Acquisition, Inc. by Kelso & Company.
Advised KKR Capital Markets LLC and KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in connection with $625 million first lien, senior second lien, and junior second lien credit facilities to fund the acquisition of Centric Group and Trinity Services by H.I.G. Capital.
Advised KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC in connection with $525 million floating rate unsecured senior notes, issued to finance the corporate reorganization of two portfolio companies of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, and in connection with KKR Credit Advisors’ minority equity co-investment in PQ Corporation.
Advised Castanea Partners Fund III, L.P. in connection with $15 million subordinated notes issued by a portfolio company, and related subordination arrangements in respect of its senior secured revolving and letter of credit facilities.
Advised Gawker Media, LLC in a $22 million debtor-in-possession financing in connection with Chapter 11 proceedings.
Honors & Awards
Legal 500 (2016)
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Rising Star (2016-2017)
Presentations & Speeches
Presenter, “Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements,” Practising Law Institute Asset Based Financing Strategies 2016 Webinar (February 29, 2016)
BA (Jurisprudence), With Honors, 1991, Oxford University
New York, 2002
England and Wales, Solicitor, 1997
Christine Gould Hamm is currently managing counsel at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Christine and her team of experienced lawyers and paralegals support the Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance business. Christine was senior counsel for a GE Capital equipment finance business that Wells Fargo acquired in March 2016. Prior to joining the GE Capital business in August 2011, Christine was a partner in the Kansas City office of Husch Blackwell LLP and focused her practice in the Banking & Finance, Commercial Transactions, Aviation, Energy Industry, and Public Finance practice groups of the firm. Christine advised commercial financial institutions and corporate clients in various types of financial transactions, including asset-based, cash-flow, equipment, real estate, second-lien, club and syndicated loans and aircraft and equipment leases. In addition to assisting clients in structuring, negotiating and documenting financial transactions, Christine advised clients in workouts, restructurings and liquidations related to financial transactions and distressed loans. She also represented corporate clients in general financing, real estate, acquisition, disposition, investment, joint venture, development and other commercial transactions.
Christine has a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management, and a B.S. from Saint Mary College (now the University of Saint Mary).
Doug Taber has over twenty-five years of bankruptcy and restructuring experience. Since 2010 he has been Lead Executive Counsel for the GE Capital Restructuring & Bankruptcy Center of Excellence where he leads a team of five attorneys in providing for the comprehensive legal coverage of significant restructuring and bankruptcy matters throughout GE Capital. In particular, the R&B COE provides support on complex bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings (including, without limitation, debt-for-equity restructurings, lender credit bids, contested chapter 11’s, prepackaged and pre-negotiated chapter 11’s, cross-border insolvencies, and significant bankruptcy litigation). Prior to joining the R&B COE at the beginning of 2009, Doug was Managing Director and General Counsel - Workouts for GE Capital - Corporate Financial Services where he was responsible for managing the CFS legal workout team and for providing for the delivery of comprehensive internal and external legal support on distressed loan accounts for all CFS business segments. Prior to joining GE Capital in 2000, Doug was a partner at the Goldberg Kohn law firm in Chicago, where he specialized in commercial bankruptcies, corporate restructurings and loan workouts and also practiced in commercial finance. Doug received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.
R. Marshall Grodner is a member in the firm's Baton Rouge office. His practice focuses primarily in commercial transactions, secured transactions, commercial finance, opinion letters, and commercial real estate. Marshall serves as chair of the firm's legal opinion committee. He is also the Treasurer of and a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys. Marshall is the President of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys. He is also the First Vice Chair of the Commercial Finance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Marshall has served as an adjunct professor at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He has authored or co-authored several articles in law reviews and other publications dealing with commercial finance, secured transactions, commercial real estate and other business law issues. Marshall has also delivered lectures and papers throughout the country dealing with loan documentation, secured transactions, ethics and professionalism in the transactional context and real estate law.
Scott Lessne is a Senior Counsel in the Financial Services Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office where is he the chair of firm’s Commercial Finance and Lending group. He is also a member of the firm’s Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology initiative which focuses on providing practical advice to financial institution and corporate clients on how these new technologies will impact their respective industries and how to implement these technologies in compliance with existing laws and regulations.
Scott’s practice involves the representation of financial institutions in connection with the negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured commercial, asset - based and real estate loan restructures as well as advising clients on legal issues arising in complex single and multi-lender loan workouts and restructures. In addition, Scott advises financial institution clients on creditors’ rights remedies including judicial and non-judicial enforcement actions and bankruptcy strategies. Scott’s practice also includes structuring, negotiating and documenting new complex commercial loan origination transactions across multiple industries.
His prior experience includes tenure as the senior in-house lawyer at a major global bank responsible for providing and managing all legal services for the commercial and real estate loan workout division of the corporation. Scott has also served as the General Counsel for the healthcare finance division of a commercial finance company and more recently as the General Counsel of the finance company’s regulated bank subsidiary. Prior to his in-house experience, Scott was in private practice where he developed his expertise in commercial loan restructuring, creditors’ rights and lending. Scott began his legal career as a law clerk to the Superior Court Judges of the State of Connecticut.
Scott is a past President of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. and is a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He recently co-chaired the ABA Commercial Finance Committee’s subcommittee on Loan Documentation and is currently a member of the Commercial Finance Committee’s Programs subcommittee. He has taught a course in Secured Transactions as a member of the adjunct faculty of Suffolk University Law School. Scott is a regular speaker on topics relating to commercial finance, loan workouts, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.