In the banking and lending areas, Bernie represents institutional and private lenders as well as borrowers with respect to a wide array of lending facilities. Bernie’s extensive experience includes the documentation and negotiation of syndicated loans, structured project financing, permanent financing transactions, construction loans, revolving lines of credit, cross-border financing transactions and accounts receivable factoring transactions. Project financing with which Bernie has been involved include hotels, government buildings, retail centers, warehouses and multi-family housing.
In the real estate area, Bernie has handled the sale and purchase of numerous commercial projects ranging from multi-storied office buildings to retail centers and warehouse projects. He has also worked on land development matters and has addressed subdivision and other municipal and county land use issues. Additionally, Bernie has extensive experience in commercial leasing, including ground leases, as well as landlord/tenant disputes.
In the merger and acquisition area, Bernie has been involved in the sale and purchase of numerous businesses including supermarkets, television and radio stations, data processing companies, a major waste management company, a major retail convenience store chain, and automobile and truck dealerships.
In the corporate area, Bernie routinely addresses entity formation and corporate authorization issues. In particular, he has formed single purpose, bankruptcy remote entities in conjunction with his lending practice, and he has experience with entity structures involving multiple affiliated entities.
Bernie also has extensive creditor’s rights experience. He has given presentations on both foreclosure and bankruptcy related topics. Mr. Felsen has represented numerous creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings and has addressed such matters as use of cash collateral, motions for relief from stay, lease assumption and rejection matters, plan disclosure statements and confirmation as well as bankruptcy sales free and clear of liens.
Bernie has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
With respect to Bernie’s activities in the El Paso community, he is the former general counsel for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Chamber’s Governing Board of Directors. He has also served on boards and committees or otherwise has volunteered with various organizations including United Way, Junior Achievement and the Jewish Federation of El Paso.