Michelle Raftery

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Real Estate
University Wellesley College, B.A., 1985
Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992
AdmittedNew York; California; Massachusetts


Women's Association of Venture & Equity

BornBoston, Massachusetts, April 7, 1962

Michelle Raftery is a Partner in the Debt Finance and Capital Markets Group at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, resident in the Boston and New York offices.

Michelle has substantial experience in a wide range of complex structured finance and real estate finance capital markets transactions. Michelle has particular expertise representing commercial and investment banks, financial institutions and GSE's in connection with structuring both bankruptcy-remote commercial mortgage loan originations and in mezzanine loan financings related to real property as well as in legal isolation opinions under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Michelle's transactional experience includes acquisition finance, syndicated corporate loans, real estate finance, and corporate restructuring. Michelle also counsels clients on the financing aspects of private equity and other M&A transactions.

•Represented NYSE-listed telecommunications company in financing the acquisition of a $500 million portfolio of more than 1, 800 communication sites.

•Represented a GSE in structuring and closing a $531 million affordable housing loan.

•Represented a Bermuda-domiciled monoline insurance company in the out-of-court restructuring and commutation of $12 billion in ABS CDO's.

•Extensive experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border real estate finance transactions.

•Represented lenders in asset-based lending, syndicated lending, second lien financings, secured lending and project finance transactions.

•Advise clients on rating agency criteria and regulatory trends for securitized commercial real estate loans.

•Advise holders of problem loans in dealing with insolvent or potentially insolvent entities in out-of-court restructurings and in bankruptcy proceedings.

•Structured or securitized finance transactions include credit tenant lease securitizations, bondable lease-backed debt financings and equipment lease receivable financings.

Before Edwards Wildman

Prior to joining the Firm, Michelle was a Special Counsel in the Financial Restructuring Department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. She also served as a Law Clerk to United States Bankruptcy Judge Lisa Hill Fenning in the Central District of Los Angeles.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Michelle is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ursuline Academy, Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Michelle Raftery

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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