Executive Partner Judith E. Reich and partner Jill E. Bronson have been recognized by the Commercial Finance Association and interviewed by The Secured Lender for its 2019 Women in Commercial Finance issue as women who have distinguished themselves within the commercial finance industry. Both attorneys are part of Drinker Biddle’s Financial Services Industry Group.
In the article, Jill Bronson advises colleagues to “always keep the big picture in mind. If you are a banker, approach issues with the larger goals of the institution foremost, such as risk to the institution and return on investment. If you are a lawyer, always remember your client’s goals. Keeping that perspective usually leads to the right answer to the small and large questions.”
Judy Reich says: “There is no time in your career (or your life for that matter) when you will not benefit by being a great listener. Given the opportunity, people will tell you what they want and what they need, their goals, their concerns, their challenges. The deeper your understanding of all of these, the better you can be at helping get to the right result for your client.”
Judy Reich is Drinker Biddle’s Executive Partner responsible for the firm’s business and regulatory practices, in addition to her corporate finance practice. She advises administrative agents in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of all types of commercial loan transactions, from widely syndicated, multicurrency credit facilities to fully secured asset-based loans. In addition, she represents lenders in the restructuring and modification of secured, unsecured, asset-based, real estate, construction and subordinated loans. Judy also has experience representing private equity investors in structuring, negotiating and documenting financing agreements with senior and subordinated lenders usually in connection with the acquisition of portfolio companies.
Jill E. Bronson is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice and leader of the Corporate Finance Team. She also serves as the Regional Partner in Charge of Drinker Biddle’s Philadelphia office. Jill has vast experience handling a wide range of financing transactions. She regularly represents agents in syndicated financings, as well as sponsors and corporate borrowers. Jill has been involved with financings in diverse industries. Transactions range in size from a few million dollars to billions of dollars and include asset-based facilities, recapitalizations and commercial paper back-up facilities. Among her recent transactions are the financing of a nonprofit conversion of a healthcare company and an acquisition financing of a multinational chemical company. While she is typically engaged in front-end financings, she has also been involved in many work-outs and out-of-court restructurings.