McGuireWoods continues its San Francisco expansion with the addition of
four top lawyers who deepen the firm’s capabilities and enhance its
market-leading reputation for serving financial institutions coast to
Partners Peter Szurley, Gregory Clore and Jeffrey Browning join the firm’s
Debt Finance Department, and partner Todd Dressel joins the Restructuring
and Insolvency Department — both nationally recognized practices. All four
come to McGuireWoods from the San Francisco office of Chapman and Cutler.
Since it opened last year, McGuireWoods’ San Francisco office — its third
in California, joining downtown Los Angeles and Century City — has grown to
20 lawyers and recently
to space at Two Embarcadero Center in the city’s Financial District.
“These exceptional lawyers have stellar reputations in the Bay Area and
beyond, and their arrival at McGuireWoods is an important step in advancing
our strategy to broaden our transactional and litigation capabilities for
the benefit of our many leading financial institution clients,” said
David Powell, managing partner of the San Francisco office. “We are delighted to
“This is an outstanding group of lawyers whose reputations precede them.
Their impressive experience in complex corporate financing transactions and
restructurings will be a tremendous asset for our clients,” said
Raj Natarajan, chair of McGuireWoods’ Debt Finance Department, which consistently ranks
among the top 10 legal advisers for U.S. syndicated debt financings.
Noreen Kelly, head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Industry Team, said the new San
Francisco group continues an ambitious expansion of the firm’s service to
industry clients nationwide. “Our clients in the financial industry have
responded favorably to our drive to deliver comprehensive, integrated
services, including top-tier capabilities in emerging sectors such as
FinTech,” she said.
Szurley, who led Chapman and Cutler’s San Francisco office, handles
commercial financings, including syndicated and single-bank lending
transactions, leasing, securitizations and structured finance. He co-chairs
the Opinions Committee of the California State Bar’s Business Law Section.
Clore focuses on middle market and syndicated lending transactions for
financial institutions and has significant experience handling deals in the
agribusiness sector. He represents borrowers in working capital and
commercial equipment financing deals, as well as lenders, inside and
outside of bankruptcy, in credit restructurings.
Browning represents financial institutions in secured and unsecured lending
transactions, including single-bank and syndicated transactions, and has
significant experience handling deals in the agribusiness and healthcare
sectors. Before attending law school, he was a vice president in Wells
Fargo’s residential mortgage group.
Dressel handles corporate and municipal bankruptcy and restructuring
matters for financial institutions, hedge funds, indenture trustees,
institutional investors and other stakeholders. He has considerable
experience in various types of litigation in the debtor-creditor area,
including commercial foreclosure actions, Uniform Commercial Code
enforcement actions, lender liability, fraudulent transfers, and breach of
contract and fiduciary duty claims.
“Todd Dressel’s experience handling bankruptcy and restructuring matters in
a range of industries will deepen our bench and broaden the offering we can
give our clients in this area, especially on the West Coast,” said
Dion Hayes, chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Department.
McGuireWoods placed fifth in deal count and seventh in dollar volume in
Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.’s 2016 U.S. Lender Legal Advisor rankings. The American Lawyer honored the firm last year in its
prestigious Global Legal Awards for advising Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in the
financing of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s acquisition of SABMiller Plc.
McGuireWoods also was recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” for Banking and
Finance Law and received a national Tier 1 ranking for Insolvency and
Reorganization Law in 2017’s U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
San Francisco attorney search consultant Avis Caravello assisted
McGuireWoods in the four partners’ recruitment.