Our Team

Charles M. Cole
Member

Telephone: 571-438-9922

Charlie Cole is a partner at Cole, Mink, & Fransella. He has over 25 years of experience representing clients engaged in financial transactions, including loans, restructurings, and secondary market trading of commercial loans and other debt assets.

Charlie and CMF’s debt trading team are among the best known in the industry. Together, they represent many of the largest players in the marketplace, including numerous investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, and asset managers, as well as collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) and collateralized debt obligation vehicles (CDOs). Although the majority of Charlie’s trading work involves loans owed by U.S.-based corporations, he also represents clients in connection with trades of loans and claims owed by European, Latin American, Asian, and other foreign obligors.

His U.S. and cross-border lending experience covers complex and specialized syndicated and bilateral credit facilities, relating to acquisition finance, letter of credit facilities, subscription line finance, securitization finance, receivables finance, equipment leasing, vendor finance, and project finance transactions.

EDUCATION

Lehigh University, B.S., 1985

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1993

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
Jennifer Mink
Member

Telephone: 571-438-9898

Jennifer Mink is a partner at Cole, Mink, & Fransella. She represents commercial banks, investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other entities in lending, secondary debt trading, CDO transactions, workouts, and other matters.

Ms. Mink has extensive experience in trading and review and analysis of credit documentation relating to many types of debt facilities, including financing facilities for aircraft, project finance, oil and gas, and real estate.

Ms. Mink has worked on trading floors with clients at several stages in her career, overseeing the closing process for secondary debt trades and supervising regulatory compliance.

EDUCATION
George Mason University, B.S., 1993
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Michael Fransella
Member

Telephone: 571-438-9894

Michael Fransella is a partner at Cole, Mink, & Fransella. He represents banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and other entities on a variety of par and distressed loan and claim trading transactions using LSTA, LMA, ISDA, and sui generis documentation. He has closed thousands of distressed debt trades, and supervises the par loan trading practice.

Mr. Fransella advises clients on compliance, tax, securities, UCC, regulatory, ERISA, contract interpretation, nonpublic information/informational walls, and other issues incident to the clients’ transactions and businesses. In addition to loans, he has worked extensively on transfers of bankruptcy claims, trades of private-placement securities, and transactions involving Latin American and other international debt assets and related restructurings, and has represented clients on strategic debt and equity investments, structuring and creation of special-purpose subsidiaries, and structuring of derivative instruments. He is a frequent participant in LSTA initiatives to draft and promulgate standard documents, and has been responsible for a number of forms, contractual mechanisms, and drafting solutions that have subsequently become widely used in the market.

Mr. Fransella received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Notes Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and was Valedictorian of Williams College.

EDUCATION
Williams College, B.A., 1998
Yale Law School, J.D., 2001

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Chris Campbell
Of Counsel

Telephone: 571-438-9921

Christopher advises commercial banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of distressed assets, including secondary loans, bankruptcy trade claims, and private equity securities. He has experience in the review and analysis of credit documentation relating to par loans, particular in connection with CDO/CLO transactions. Christopher also advises clients on master participation transactions and loan securitization matters.

 

EDUCATION

Seattle University, B.A., 2000

Cornell Law School, J.D., 2003

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
Matt Van Der Weide
Associate

Telephone: 571-438-9893

Matt represents banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, insurance companies, and other entities on a variety of par and distressed loan transactions, and related proceeds trades. He has extensive experience reviewing loan agreements and loan assignment documentation, with a focus on secondary debt transactions of large syndicated loans.

Matt received his J.D. from The University of Virginia.

 

EDUCATION

University of Iowa, B.A., 1994

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2003

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Associate

Telephone: 571-438-9892

Robert Taylor advises on a broad range of investment transactions.

Mr. Taylor has extensive experience advising global investment funds, including private equity, real estate, and hedge funds, as well as asset managers on investment transactions.

He has represented clients on a range of investments, including commercial real estate financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and investment fund transactions. Mr. Taylor has negotiated and drafted a wide variety of investment transaction documents, including offering memoranda, investment fund LPAs, commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements, and assignment agreements.

Mr. Taylor’s experience includes advising pension funds, foundations, and investment banks on commercial real estate, debt and equity investments.

Mr. Taylor earned his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1998, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and a Georgetown Law Fellow, and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1994.

EDUCATION

Harvard College
(B.A., Cum Laude, 1994)

Georgetown Law School
(J.D., Cum Laude, 1998)