NEW YORK, NY—Otterbourg P.C. announced today that Valerie S. Mason and Nneoma A. Maduike have been named Co-Chairs of the firm’s Lender Finance Practice Group.
Otterbourg’s experienced Lender Finance team advises and represents the largest US and global institutional lenders and regional banks, as lenders and mature lenders, sponsor supported companies, and strategics, ranging from start-ups to mature traditional lenders and funds, merchant cash advance companies, asset-based lenders, factors and fintech lenders, as borrowers, in “lender to lender” secured revolving credit and term loan facilities.
Ms. Maduike and Ms. Mason are also members of Otterbourg’s Finance practice, which encompasses acquisition finance, asset-based lending, structured finance, bankruptcy financing, international and syndicated lending, among other specialized areas. The newly formed Lender Finance practice group reflects a formal acknowledgment of Otterbourg’s long term growth and expansion of lender finance transactions as part of that practice and our ability to help lenders limit and manage their risk while developing positive relationships with borrowers.
Ms. Maduike has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top 15 Women of Influence in America, is a winner of the 2017 Commercial Finance Association 40 under 40 Awards, and was recognized as one of the 2018 Top 50 Women in Commercial Finance. She is an active member of several legal organizations, including the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the Commercial Finance Association, the New York City FinTech Women and the New York City Bar Association. She is a board member and the past president of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law – New York.
Ms. Mason is Otterbourg’s liaison to the SEO Law Fellowship Program and is an active member of the Women in Secured Finance Committee of the Secured Finance Network. She is involved in criminal justice reform, helping women in the criminal justice system through her service on the board of the Women’s Prison Association & Home, Inc. including as board president. She currently serves as the Second Vice-Chair of New York City’s Community Board 8 in Manhattan, as well as the Co-Chair of CB 8’s Small Business Committee. In 2017, she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Assembly and in 2019 received an “OTTY (Our Town Thanks You Award) by Straus News for her community advocacy.