Practice Groups


Horwood Marcus & Berk attorneys have served as counsel to a wide variety of Midwest-based financial institutions and private equity firms that make commercial loans and leases to middle-market businesses.  We represent national and local banking institutions, varying in size from smaller community banks to multi-billion dollar institutions; insurance companies; savings and loans; finance companies; corporate finance units; purchasers of distressed debt; and credit enhancers of and trustees for public and private bonds. Our attorneys, many of whom serve or have served on boards of banks, bank holding companies, and other commercial finance organizations, have a keen understanding of the operational aspects of banking and financial services.

The firm provides a wide range of legal services to our finance clients, including regulatory compliance, cash flow lending and mezzanine finance, asset-based lending, debtor in possession lending, litigation financing, warranty financings, premium financings, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, project finance, lease financings (including leveraged leases), workouts and loan restructuring.  Horwood Marcus & Berk is actively involved helping its clients establish best practices in lending procedures and in influencing the development of the laws of secured finance and insolvency.

We regularly represent financial institutions and borrowers in secured and unsecured credit facilities, including the negotiation and documentation of term and revolving credit loans, subordinated loans and other multi-faceted financing arrangements. Because of the breadth of our lending practice, we are particularly knowledgeable about lenders' abilities to take security in unusual or problematic collateral, such as securities, annuities, broadcast licenses, restricted stock, intellectual property rights, non-assignable licenses, federal income tax refunds and tax lien certificates.


Industries Served

  • Automotive Manufacturing & Dealerships
  • Banking
  • Broadcast Media
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Entrepreneur/Start-Up Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Food/Beverage Services & Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Leasing Companies
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Service Companies
  • Specialty Finance
  • Telecommunications
  • Trading Companies


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