Daily News: June 6, 2012

Blank Rome Adds Goldberg as Partner, Financial Services Group


Blank Rome added Debra P. Goldberg as a partner in the Financial Services group. For 25 years, she has concentrated her practice in the areas of commercial finance, structured finance and equipment leasing and finance. In particular, Goldberg focuses on complex aircraft financing and leasing transactions of both commercial and corporate aircraft.

She represents financial institutions, including commercial and investment banks, leasing and finance companies, monoline insurers and public and private corporate entities. She is based in the firm’s New York office.

“We are pleased to welcome Debra to Blank Rome,” said Alan J. Hoffman, co-chairman and managing partner. “We continue to expand the depth of our Financial Services practice in New York, and I am confident that Debra’s broad transactional experience will be a great complement to our strong, national Financial Services team.”

Goldberg joined Blank Rome from the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where she practiced in the Corporate Department performing a broad range of complex financing transactions, including U.S. and non-U.S. loans, structured financings, lease financings and other commercial financings of assets, involving syndicated secured and unsecured loans; asset-based and cash flow loans; senior debt, mezzanine and second lien loans; warehouse loans; asset securitizations, including whole business securitizations; operating, finance and single investor equipment leases; leveraged and cross-border equipment leases and financings; and acquisitions and sales of lease and loan portfolios.

She has worked on export credit agency supported financings of aircraft involving Eximbank and Hermes, and Exim supported infrastructure projects. She also has extensive experience in the area of project finance, having worked with clients on transportation, energy (including solar and wind power) and infrastructure projects.

“Debra brings extensive experience in complex aircraft and ship financing and leasing transactions, which will be an excellent addition to our overall capabilities,” added Financial Services partner Lawrence F. Flick II.

The assets that have been the subject of these commercial financing transactions include aircraft, vessels, oil tankers, railcars, semi-submersible vessels, and other “large-ticket” transportation equipment, motor vehicles, marine and intermodal containers, pipelines, pipelay and pipe burial equipment, trade and lease receivables, intellectual property, technology equipment, construction equipment, medical equipment, communications and office equipment.

Goldberg also has extensive debt workout and restructuring experience primarily representing senior creditors and syndicate groups, bondholders, and secured creditors both in and out of bankruptcy; foreclosures, DIP and exit financing; and other financial and legal restructurings.