As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 73 of the Fortune 100, 66 of the FTSE 100 and 119 of the Fortune 200. With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 68 offices in 34 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalized alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe. Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labor law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.
Stinson LLP represents hundreds of financial institutions on a wide range of banking issues. Working closely with community, regional and large national banks throughout the U.S., Stinson attorneys have vast experience handling mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and operations matters, new product development, commercial lending deals, prepaid cards and payment systems, creditors' rights, bankruptcy issues and commercial and class action litigation. We stay informed on federal and state regulations to aid clients in effective compliance measures. Our attorneys provide sophisticated counsel on M&A transactions and the tax, ERISA, regulatory, real estate, and antitrust issues involved. Stinson has consistently been listed among the top firms in S&P Global Market Intelligence's bank and thrift legal advisor rankings based on the number of M&A transactions. For more information, please visit www.stinson.com.
Christina Rissler, a Partner with Eversheds Sutherland, has more than 18 years of experience representing lenders, borrowers and other market participants in secured and unsecured commercial lending and structured finance. Christina regularly advises clients regarding the proposed cessation of the London Interbank Offering Rate (LIBOR) and the transition of existing LIBOR-based contracts to new reference rates such as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR). Christina has given a number of presentations on reference rate replacement and other topics of interest within the commercial finance space.
Christina is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and a former Chair of the Loan Documentation Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. After graduating first in her class from Notre Dame Law School, Christina served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and is admitted to practice before that court. She is also admitted to practice law in New York, Georgia and Colorado.
Lara counsels lenders, investors and developers in financing transactions, concentrating on projects using federal and state incentives. Lara’s practice includes high-impact investments and loans for affordable housing, renewable energy and rural development projects, as well as other construction financing transactions and commercial real estate.
Lara has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars of community development projects nationwide, cutting a wide swath across more than 25 states. She has extensive experience in complex construction and real estate financings, economic development projects and other investment fund structures and credit facilities.
David Wagner has been a fixed income market practitioner for 29 years, in roles ranging from underwriting and investment banking to structuring, marketing, and trading complex derivatives. He specializes in assisting companies during the transformation from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) interest rate benchmark to alternative benchmarks such as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR). He also teaches finance at Fordham University.
David held several positions at the Royal Bank of Scotland, including on the U.S. management team, the Board of RBS Securities Inc., the Board of Tradeweb, and as the RBS representative to the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC).
As an RBS Markets Manager, he executed strategic transformations including conversion from a U.S. branch to a U.S. representative office, including all the systems, operational, risk, regulatory, and funding implications of that change; hybrid outsourcing and offshoring of securities processing technology and operations; conversions of local risk engines to global integration; and upgrading of machine-based electronic trading systems.
David was also the U.S. Front Office Representative on RBS’s Conduct Panel, responsible for responses to regulatory/enforcement requests as well as recommendations for individual employee conduct investigations and outcomes.