Leslie W. Chervokas
Leslie W. Chervokas
New York:  (917) 991-3565

With more than 25 years of Am Law 100 experience, Leslie Chervokas effectively manages complex commercial and financial transactions to mitigate legal risk. Ms. Chervokas currently serves as Co‐ Chair of the Banking & Financing Subcommittee of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).

Leslie Chervokas has more than 25 years of Am Law 100 law firm experience representing major financial institutions and corporate clients engaged in complex commercial transactions, financings and restructurings.

Ms. Chervokas serves as outside counsel to a U.S. auto finance provider with more than $115 billion in managed assets, and is adept at streamlining transactions and documentation to resolve legal issues. Ms. Chervokas advises companies pursuing growth strategies, and in distressed situations. She represents clients in workouts and restructurings, including those involving derivatives and other structured products. She also counsels clients on the impact of insolvency regimes on structured financings, securitizations and safe harbored financial contracts.

Ms. Chervokas’ broad practice includes handling asset‐based lending; insurance premium, private equity and specialty financing; auto and equipment loans and leases; real estate and other secured transactions. Her past engagements include refinancing a regional sports network; representing an institutional lender in a mortgage backed credit facility; and advising the sponsor of a CLO. As trusted counsel for nine years to one of the largest U.S. providers of business and residential video, voice and high‐speed data services and cloud and outsourced IT, she handled matters ranging from financing, insolvency and risk management, to distribution, sales channel and technology transactions.

Previously, Ms. Chervokas advised the United States Treasury and the President’s Automotive Task Force in its restructuring of U.S. auto manufacturers GM and Chrysler. In addition, she represented a pre‐eminent financial institution in restructuring CMBS debt secured by U.S. and international real estate assets. Her experience also includes chapter 11 representation of debtors, creditors and other constituents engaged in various industries, such as automotive, cable television, commercial real estate, equipment leasing, gaming, healthcare, hospitality, investment banking, manufacturing, media & entertainment, pharmaceutical and retail. Significant M&A deals include a prominent hedge fund’s acquisition of material positions in GMAC and LNR.

Selected Presentations & Publications (as Co-Author)

  • FiberTower Injunction Raises Fresh Questions About the Interplay Between Telecommunications and Bankruptcy Law, Bloomberg BNA (December 13, 2012)
  • Art Lenders Undertake New Precautions in Light of Amendment to NYACAL’s Consignment Provisons, Art & Advocacy (Fall 2012)
  • Same Question, Different Outcome: § 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master


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