Manley W. Roberts Partner

Manley is a partner in the debt finance group of McGuireWoods. He has extensive experience representing lead arrangers, administrative agents and lenders in syndicated loan transactions and bilateral loans.

He regularly works on secured and unsecured loan facilities provided to leveraged and investment-grade borrowers. His clients include national banks and their capital markets affiliates, state banks and commercial finance companies. He also represents publically-held and privately-owned businesses as borrowers in loan facilities.

Manley has also handled complex structured finance transactions – representing issuers in asset securitizations and arrangers in synthetic lease and other leveraged lease facilities.

He has taught classes on syndicated lending, loan documentation, secured transactions and leasing to lawyers, bankers, bar organizations and paralegal organizations. He is co-chairman of the firm’s Legal Opinion Committee and chairman of the debt finance group’s Associate Training Program.

Manley was a law clerk to Judge Irving L. Goldberg in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Representation of lead arranger and administrative agent in senior secured acquisition facilities, financing the purchase of companies in the restaurant franchise and motor vehicle dealer industries.

Representation of lead arranger and administrative agent in syndicated credit facilities for borrowers in the technology, healthcare, professional sports and manufacturing industries.

Representation of lead arranger and administrative agent in multinational, multicurrency senior debt facility for an international service company

Representation of commercial finance company in intellectual-property secured loans, and in structuring senior and subordinated warehouse facilities for such loans.

Onshore and offshore warehouse facilities for insurance premium finance loans.

Asset securitizations of credit card receivables and motor vehicle receivables.

IP-backed note issuance that was named "Deal of the Year" by Securitization News, a financial industry publication.

Leveraged leasing facilities for manufacturing plants, distribution centers and corporate headquarters buildings, and securitizations of leveraged leases.

  • Yale Law School, JD, Editor, Yale Law Journal, 1983
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, AB, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

Member; Opinion Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bankers Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Member, Task Force on Diligence, ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions

Singer; Chairman, Board of Directors, 2003-2004; Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2004, Oratorio Singers of Charlotte

Pianist, Gospel Choir, Caldwell Presbyterian Church

Member, Mecklenburg Bar Revue (traveling musical group sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Bar, specializing in political and legal satire)

Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2006, 2008-2012; Chairman, Board of Directors, 2004-2006;  Chairman, Artistic Director Search Committee, 2010, Charlotte Chamber Music 

Board of Directors, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, 2002-2004

Board of Directors, Community School of the Arts, 1994-1998

  • Speaker, "Drama in the Syndicated Loan Market: Recent Developments in Structuring, Documentation and Case Law," Lorman Education Services Seminar, July 2012 and October 2013
  • Panelist, "Emerging Issues in the Syndicated Loan Market," 10 Banking and Finance Forum, October 2010
  • Speaker, "Legal Opinions in Business Transactions – Current Developments," North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Institute, April 2010
  • Panelist, "The Role of Lead Counsel in Syndicated Loan Transactions," ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions Seminar, April 2008
  • Speaker, "Preparing and Negotiating Transactional Legal Opinions," North Carolina Bar Association, April 2008
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2023

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders, North Carolina, Legal 500 US, 2016-2017

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who, 2002-2003, 2005-2006; Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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