Charles H. DeBevoise

phone: 617-589-3846 / fax: 617-275-7612
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PRACTICE & FOCUS AREA
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Chuck is a banking, business and real estate attorney with a primary focus on debt finance. He represents lenders of all types, including commercial banks, credit unions, certified development companies, non-bank lenders, and private lenders in commercial lending and commercial real estate mortgage transactions. A significant amount of Chuck’s practice involves representing industry-leading institutions on floor plan financing transactions, such as the financing of inventory, real estate and “blue sky.” Additionally, he drafts inter-creditor agreements and participation agreements.

Chuck’s priority is providing clients with high-quality representation on a timely basis and at a reasonable price. And, his philosophy on closings? They should be signing ceremonies only, with every “i” dotted and “t” crossed beforehand.

Following law school, Chuck was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Donald F. Shea, Associate Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1983 to 1984.

RESULTS
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  • Counsel to regional lender in numerous auto floor plan, working capital and mortgage financings. Significant transactions include:
    • $188 million syndicated floor plan, term loan and mortgage loan financing to New England’s largest auto dealer group for dealerships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island;
    • $120 million floor plan and mortgage financing for a large New York-headquartered auto dealer group including 14 auto dealerships and 11 real estate locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York;
    • $43 million syndicated floor plan and working capital financing to one of western Massachusetts’s largest auto dealer groups, including six auto dealer borrowers;
    • $79 million floor plan financing to two subsidiary groups of a publicly traded Japanese company, with three locations in Massachusetts and nine locations on Long Island, New York;
    • $32 million floor plan and working capital financing to one of central Massachusetts’s largest dealer groups, including five auto dealership borrowers;
    • $47 million floor plan and acquisition financing for purchase of two Mercedes Benz dealerships in New York City and Long Island areas;
    • $8.5 million acquisition, construction and permanent mortgage financing for Rhode Island medical office building;
    • 29% participation in $35 million floor plan loans to dealer group located north of Boston, Massachusetts;
    • $13 million floor plan financing to Swiss corporation with offices on Long Island for Pennsylvania-warehoused vehicles; complying with new Article 9 perfection rules called for filing financing statement in District of Columbia.
  • Counsel to venture capital fund in $4 million Series A Convertible Preferred. Stock investment in Connecticut medical device start-up company with technology licensed by Yale University.
  • Counsel to numerous buyers, sellers, and lenders in mergers and acquisitions transactions for nonpublic companies.
  • Counsel to bank acting as lender in $2 million working capital financing and as purchaser of $1.6 million industrial revenue bond for acquisition and construction of Norton, Massachusetts TPC golf course.
  • Counsel to developer borrower for $4.6 million construction loan for Rhode Island condominium project.
  • Counsel to $1.6 million mezzanine lender for construction of Boston, Massachusetts hotel, including structuring and negotiating inter-creditor agreement with senior lender and subsequent mezzanine loan default workout.
CREDENTIALS
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Distinctions:

  • Peer Review AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest bestowed rating
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America;
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017-2018

Admitted:

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • District of Columbia

Member:

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
MORE THAN A LAWYER
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Chuck loves spending his time outside the office in the great outdoors. He is game for just about anything, from hiking to gardening to swimming to golfing. Some people celebrate the end of law school by taking relaxing vacations in the tropics. Not Chuck! He opted instead to participate in a 22-day Outward Bound backpacking and canoeing adventure in the Adirondacks. That’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy kicking his feet up sometimes. His idea of a perfect summer night would be hosting a cookout on his terrace with friends and his Welsh springer spaniel, George. Since 1988, Chuck has been active in various leadership and volunteer roles with the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he is deeply committed to supporting St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, MA and serves the church in various roles.

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