Banking

Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP’s Banking department represents commercial lenders in varied loan transactions and loan “workouts”, and adds a “practical” business oriented approach to Lender representation. Transactions include:

 

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Asset-based financing

Commercial loans

  • Working capital lines of credit
  • Term debt
  • Equipment financing
  • Commercial owner/occupied mortgage loans

Construction mortgage loans

Mortgage warehousing and securitized loan portfolios, and sales and servicing arrangements

Subordinated debt, mezzanine financing

Syndicated and agented loan transactions, and loan participations

Tax-free/government financing

  • PIDA and local development authority financing
  • SBA 504 financing
  • SBA guaranteed financing
  • Letter of credit and bond credit enhancement

 

Banking Lawyers

  • Stephen H. Green
    Stephen H. Green
    Of Counsel
  • Bradley D. O’Brien
    Bradley D. O’Brien
    Partner
  • David I. Grunfeld
    David I. Grunfeld
    Of Counsel
  • Pace Reich
    Pace Reich
    Of Counsel
  • Christopher S. Yaracs
    Christopher S. Yaracs
    Associate
Stephen H. Green
Of Counsel

GACo_Green-SteveBackground

Stephen Green is Of Counsel to the Firm. His practice is focused in the areas of business, real estate, tax and estate planning, administration, and litigation. Among other representations, he has taken companies public and has helped neighborhood family business be sold. He has handled large commercial real estate transactions as well as home purchases. He administers estates of all sizes and has litigated large estate matters. He prepares simple Wills and sophisticated estate plans.

Education

  • Lafayette College, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • New York University Law School, LLM in Taxation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • The United States Tax Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Former chair of Philadelphia Bar Association Fee Disputes Committee
  • Lecturer in Continuing Legal Education seminars
  • Former member of the Boards of the Support Center for Child Advocates, the Philadelphia Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Friends

Neighborhood Guild

  • Former President of the Associated Alumni of Central High School, Philadelphia
  • Lecturer on business law at two area colleges

Presentations and Publications

  • Guardianship in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Article
  • “Activism and the Tax Status of Exempt Organizations”, Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly Article
  • “Understanding Estate Planning and Wills” authored by Stephen H. Green
  • “Willmaking”, article in the the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Contact

Stephen H. Green, Esquire
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
The Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.790.0100
215.790.0509 (fax)
sgreen@astorweiss.com

Bradley D. O’Brien
Partner

GACo_OBrien-Bradley_FINALBackground

Bradley O’Brien is an attorney with the firm, with his practice focused on Commercial Lending and other banking transactions. Mr. O’Brien has represented both lenders and borrowers, as well as serving as special transactional counsel to various financial institutions.

Education

  • Temple University, B.A. – Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, President’s Scholar
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Business and Commercial Finance Section

Contact

Bradley D. O’Brien, Esquire
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
The Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.790.0100
215.790.0509 (fax)
bobrien@astorweiss.com

David I. Grunfeld
Of Counsel

GACo_Grunfeld-DavidBackground

David Grunfeld is Of Counsel to the firm, with his practice focused on the areas of Family law, Commercial Litigation and Collections, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Administration and Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Grunfeld was a sole practitioner.

Mr. Grunfeld is well known in the legal community for his knowledge of legal ethics and has been asked to serve as an expert witness in litigation concerning this issue.

Education

  • Lehigh University, B.S.
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Member and former Chair (1993) of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Long-time member of the Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Family Services of Montgomery County

Awards

  • In 1995 and 2012, Mr. Grunfeld received the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Award

Presentations and Publications

  • Long-time speaker and writer for Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other organizations
  • Author of a chapter in Bankruptcy Issues in Matrimonial Cases, published in 1992
  • Serves as an ethics columnist for Philadelphia Lawyer magazine and Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper
  • Previously served as editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Bar magazine and newspaper

Contact

David I. Grunfeld, Esquire
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
The Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.790.0100
215.790.0509 (fax)
dgrunfeld@astorweiss.com

Pace Reich
Of Counsel

GACo_Pace-Reich-FINALBackground

Pace Reich, P.C. is special counsel to the firm and provides to the firm the services of Mr. Reich. Mr. Reich has a practice focused on the areas of Bankruptcy, Corporate law and Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Reich has more than fifty years experience in bankruptcy law. His principal non-bankruptcy practice involves commercial litigation in the federal and state courts.

Education

  • Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, B. S. in Economics
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLB

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Eastern District Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference

Presentations and Publications

  • Mr. Reich has taught a Practical course on Chapter 11
  • Mr. Reich serves as a U.S Bankruptcy court mediator.

Contact

Pace Reich, Esquire
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
The Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.790.0100
215.790.0509 (fax)
preich@astorweiss.com

Christopher S. Yaracs
Associate

GACo_Yaracs-ChrisChris is an associate with the firm and focuses his practice on banking transactions, corporate law, and civil litigation.  Chris is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Before joining the firm, Chris served as a law clerk with the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C.  Chris earned his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law where he served as a staff member on the Temple Law Review and an executive board member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  Chris attended law school as a Beasley Scholar and combined his legal studies with training in public policy as a Law and Public Policy Scholar.  Chris also holds a Bachelor of Arts, With High Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

 
Contact

Christopher S. Yaracs, Esquire
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP
The Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.790.0100
215.790.0509 (fax)
cyaracs@astorweiss.com

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