Daily News: February 10, 2012

Buchanan Expands Financial Services Practice With Two Shareholders


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced the addition of shareholders Sean M. Girdwood and Brian D. Trudgen to its Financial Services and Real Estate Finance Practice in Pittsburgh.

Within the past several months, the firm has added associate Megan Thompson in Pittsburgh and shareholders Dennis Moyer and William Basil to its Financial Services and Real Estate Practice in Washington, D.C. Both Girdwood and Trudgen previously practiced in Thorp Reed & Armstrong’s Commercial, Real Estate & Public Finance practice group, where Girdwood served as practice group chair.

Girdwood has handled a wide range of financial transactions, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, asset-based financing, acquisition financing (including transactions involving equity sponsors), leveraged financing and other types of credit facilities across a variety of industries. He has served as counsel to the lender/agent and as counsel to the borrower.

As lender’s counsel, he has represented local, domestic and international financial institutions in single- and multiple-lender and multi-currency credit facilities. As counsel to the borrower, Girdwood has represented local and national manufacturing companies in a variety of debt financings.

Girdwood received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was research editor of Duquesne Law Review. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from West Virginia University.

Brian D. Trudgen focuses his practice on commercial and corporate finance, acquisition finance, commercial leasing and commercial real estate finance. He has substantial experience with complex syndicated transactions, club syndications and single-lender transactions, including unsecured, asset-based, cash flow, acquisition and equipment financing transactions.

Trudgen has represented major domestic, regional and international banks and financial institutions, private equity and investment banking firms, insurance companies, leasing companies, government-sponsored enterprises, middle-market entities and both publicly and privately held entity borrowers. He has counseled clients on transactions involving, among other things, the financing of aircraft, federally registered vessels, railcars, federal government receivables, real estate development, equipment and financial instruments, as well as credit facilities guarantied by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Trudgen received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.