Scott Lessne, Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
slessne@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2597
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Scott A. Lessne chairs the firm's Commercial Finance & Lending team. Scott's practice involves the representation of financial institutions and corporate clients in connection with the negotiation and documentation of commercial, asset-based, project-related, and real estate loan transactions, as well as advising clients on legal issues arising in complex single and multi-lender loan workouts and restructures. In addition, Scott advises financial institution clients on creditors' rights remedies, including judicial and non-judicial enforcement actions and bankruptcy strategies. Scott has particular experience in the financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality industries.

His prior experience includes tenure as the senior in-house lawyer at a major global bank where he was responsible for providing and managing legal services for the commercial and real estate loan workout division of the bank. Scott also has served as the general counsel for the health care finance division of a commercial finance company and more recently as the general counsel, senior vice president and corporate secretary of the finance company's regulated bank subsidiary where he provided regulatory and compliance counseling to senior bank management and the Board of Directors. He also served on the institution's Enterprise Risk and Governance and Operations Committees.

Representative matters since joining Crowell & Moring include:

  • Representation of an acquirer of a global metals processing company in its aggregate $500 combined ABL and high-yield bond financing.
  • Representation of an independent power developer in a secured $715 million refinancing and working capital facility in the term loan B market.
  • Representation of a global oil and gas exploration company in a $20 million senior secured working capital facility.
  • Representation of a specialty aircraft service provider in a combined $25 million senior secured revolving term loan and mortgage facility, and in a $5 million senior subordinated note purchase facility.
  • Representation of a global aerospace manufacturing company in connection with a $600 million revolving loan facility and a $100 million senior secured term loan.
  • Representation of a distributor of specialty medical equipment in connection with a $40 million asset-based credit facility.
  • Representation of a real estate special servicer in connection with a deed-in-lieu transaction involving multiple Class-A office properties.  
  • Representation of a Chilean manufacturing company in connection with a multi-million dollar cross-border credit facility.

Representative matters while serving as in-house counsel include:

  • Restructuring of syndicated loans to subprime automobile lenders and equipment leasing companies.
  • Bankruptcy and Federal District Court litigation in connection with global energy and telecom company frauds.
  • Structuring and negotiating $500 million of revolving and term loan facilities for the post-bankruptcy acquisition and working capital needs of a national health care company.
  • Creation of a state charted industrial loan bank and the acquisition of branches and deposits from a failing financial institution.
  • Investigation and involuntary Chapter 7 of a $1 billion global metals trading company fraud.
  • Restructuring and Chapter 11 of a $300 million syndicated loan to a global lighting equipment manufacturer and supplier.
  • Restructuring and payoff of a $150 million syndicated loan to a global sea cargo container company.

Prior to his in-house experience, Scott was in private practice where he developed his experience in commercial finance, loan restructuring, and creditors' rights. Scott began his legal career as a law clerk to the Superior Court Judges of the State of Connecticut.

Scott is a past President of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. and is a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He has co-chaired the ABA Commercial Finance Committee's Loan Documentation Subcommittee and now serves as a co-chair of the Committee's Programs, Meetings, and Communications Subcommittee. He has lectured on secured transactions as a member of the adjunct faculty of Suffolk University Law School. Scott is a regular speaker on topics relating to commercial finance, loan workouts, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.



Affiliations

Admitted to Practice: Connecticut, District of Columbia

Court Admissions: Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. 

Memberships

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Commercial Finance Committee:

  • Co-Chair, Programs, Meetings, and Communications Subcommittee
  • Administrative Committee Director
  • Past Co-Chair-Commercial Loan Documentation Subcommittee        
  • Member-Joint Task Force On Deposit Account Control Agreements  
Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  
American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers:      
  • Fellow and Past Member -Board of Regents  
Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc.:
  • Past President and Member-Board of Directors

Teaching Engagement

Suffolk University Law School, Boston Massachusetts-Course: Secured Transactions (2002)



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Industry in Turm-Oil: An Exploration of Financing, Workout, and Bankruptcy Issues Unique to the Oil & Gas Industry," ABA 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (September 9, 2016). Presenters: Scott Lessne and Jon Katchen.
  • "Commercial Finance for In-House Counsel and Young Lawyers - The Basics and Beyond," The Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, New York, NY (March 2016). Presenters: Scott Lessne and Nicholas James.
  • "Asset Based Lending – Receivables Finance, Inventory Finance, Bankruptcy and Enforcement Issues," Practicing Law Institute (1998-2016). Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Asset-Based Lending: Navigating Borrowing Base, Article 9 Collateral Issues, and Key Loan Documentation Provisions," Webinar (January 2016). Presenters: Scott Lessne and Jenny E. Cieplak.
  • "The Nuts, Bolts, and Widgets of Asset-Based Lending," American Bar Association Webinar (December 2014). Moderator: Scott Lessne.
  • "Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Launder Overview: A Primer for Transaction Counsel or 'Am I Really Supposed to Know This?'" ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 2013). Presenters: Cari N. Stinebower and Scott Lessne.
  • "Bank Secrecy Act & Anti-Money Laundering Overview: A Primer for Transaction Counsel or 'Am I Really Supposed to Know This?'" Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. (January 2013) and American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Loan Documentation Subcommittee (April 2013). Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Re-Structured Financing: Involuntary and Voluntary Changes to Deal Structures," American Bar Association Business Law Section CLE Panel, Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 2010). Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Anatomy of a Workout," American Bar Association Business Law Section CLE Panel, ABA Annual Meeting and ABA Teleconference (August and October 2009). Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Financing In-Transit Inventory," American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Loan Documentation Subcommittee (April 2009). Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Insurance: Make it a Post-Closing Item?" American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Loan Documentation Subcommittee (April 2008). Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Multi-Lender Workouts," Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. (March 2002). Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Advanced Forum on Commercial Loan Workouts," American Conference Institute (2002-2004). Co-Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Commercial Loan Documentation," Executive Enterprise Institute (1998-2002). Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Default and the Enforcement of Security Interests Under Revised Article 9," American Bar Association Videoconference Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Dealing with the FDIC," Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. Moderator and Speaker: Scott Lessne.
  • "Limited Liability Company Legislation and its Impact on Lenders," Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. Speaker: Scott Lessne.


Publications

  • "A Surprising Use for Blockchain: Shared National Credit Exams," American Banker (August 5, 2016). Authors: Scott Lessne and Matthew B. Welling
  • "The Workout as an Exercise in Creative Problem Solving 56 The Practical Lawyer 25 (February 2010). Author: Scott Lessne.
  • "Maximizing Recovery of Distressed Debt 22 Commercial Lending Review 21 (Jul. - Aug. 2007). Author: Scott Lessne.
  • "Preparation: The Key to Enhancing Distressed Debt Recovery Opportunities 22 Commercial Lending Review 21 (Jan. - Feb. 2007). Author: Scott Lessne.


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