Real Estate and Finance

Banking and Financial Services

As industry lending standards continue to evolve, navigating the commercial lending process can be particularly challenging. Preti Flaherty’s experienced Banking group guides lenders and borrowers through every aspect of the commercial lending process.  Our versatile transactional attorneys are adept at anticipating the challenges of our clients and offer innovative and strategic approaches to achieving their respective financing and business goals.

Our attorneys practice in all areas of the banking and financial services industry, routinely advising clients on real estate lending, asset-based lending and equipment lease financing matters.  This work includes corporate lending for working capital, capital expenditures, lenders' local counsel representation, and real estate lending for the acquisition and construction of projects in the retail, office, hospitality and industrial sectors. 

Each attorney in our Banking group brings broad experience in various areas of the banking industry and is well-versed in structuring secured transactions involving all types of assets, including receivables, inventory, equipment, real estate, fixtures, timber, intellectual property, farm products and securities and other instruments.   Experienced with complex commercial loan facilities, Preti Flaherty counsels clients on new market tax credit transactions, historic tax credit transactions, SBA 7(a) and 504 transactions, HUD, FAME, Farm Credit, Rural Development and other government-supported loans.

Our clients include corporate and non-corporate borrowers, banks, credit unions, financial companies, insurance companies and other large and small lenders throughout New England.  As part of a multi-disciplinary firm, our Banking team regularly partners with members of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Public Finance groups, as well as our in-house title insurance agency, Charter Title Company, LLC, to provide clients with comprehensive and effective tools for meeting their business goals.

Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Business Restructuring

The services offered by the Banking group are complemented by Preti Flaherty’s Bankruptcy team, which focuses on business restructuring, formal bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights litigation. Our Bankruptcy practice is one of the largest and most experienced in northern New England, routinely representing secured and unsecured creditors, DIP lenders, purchasers and sellers of claims and acquirers of distressed companies, creditor committees, bank groups, debtors-in-possession and Bankruptcy Trustees.

Public Finance

Municipal law, securities and federal income tax law are among the services provided by Preti Flaherty’s Public Finance practice.  We regularly represent both government and quasi-governmental entities, conduit borrowers, hospitals, universities and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and manufacturing enterprises, underwriters and letter of credit banks in a wide variety of public finance transactions.  Preti Flaherty is listed in the Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace directory (the "red book") and is listed as approved bond counsel by the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development.  

Charter Title Company

Charter Title Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Preti Flaherty, is a respected agent for a number of national title insurance companies and works closely with the firm’s Banking team to provide title insurance and closing services for commercial transactions.  Charter Title Company, LLC also partners with the firm’s Real Estate practice, a team of attorneys handling diverse real estate transactions for businesses of all sizes throughout New England and beyond, to ensure that our clients' real estate transactions are in compliance with relevant state and federal regulations and meet their business objectives.

Firm Highlights

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...