Commercial Finance

The Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin Commercial Finance group represents banks, governmental agencies, insurance companies, and other lenders in commercial finance transactions of all types. Over the years, we have served as counsel to major lenders in the region and to numerous national lenders and finance organizations in such matters as:

  • Secured loans of all types, including asset-based, accounts receivable financing, term loans and lines of credit, and business acquisition loans and leveraged buy-outs
  • Commercial real estate mortgage transactions, including office buildings, hotels, housing developments, shopping centers, condominium developments, and manufacturing and warehouse facilities
  • Government-assisted loans, including SBA and HUD loans
  • Secondary market sales to GNMA and FHLMC
  • Letter of credit transactions

Tax-Exempt Finance

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. is the leading firm in the region in the area of tax-exempt finance and the only firm west of Worcester approved as eligible bond counsel to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. Gary S. Fentin, managing attorney for this area, is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is listed as recognized bond counsel in the Bond Buyer’s Directory of Municipal Bond Dealers of the United States. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide quality and efficient bond counsel services, at a reasonable price, and from a convenient Western Massachusetts location.

We have participated in hundreds of tax-exempt bond issues since 1978, including the following representative issues:

1978 – 1989
Ampad Corporation; Big Y Foods, Inc.; Brockway Transport, Inc.; CMC Development Assoc. Limited Partnership; Commercial Distributing Company, Inc.; Commercial Scale Co., Inc.; Consolidated Freightways Corporation; Country Club Soda, Inc.; Crane Paper Co.; Easco Hand Tools, Inc.; Eastern Container Corporation; Ebtec Corporation; Excelsior Process and Engraving, Inc.; F.L. Roberts Company, Inc.; Hanmer Associates; Hazen Paper Company; Heat Bath Corporation; Instrument Technology, Inc.; Jen Coat, Inc.; Kimball Companies, Inc.; Mastex Industries, Inc.; Olympic Manufacturing Group, Inc.; P. Allen & Sons, Inc.; Pearson-Hampden Development Co. Limited Partnership; Ring Nursing and Rest Homes, Inc.; Rugg Manufacturing Co., Inc.; S.S. Pierce Company; State Line Snacks Corp.; The F.A. Bassette Company; Third National Bank of Hampden County; VanPack, Inc.; WGBH Educational Foundation; Wilbraham Nursing Care Center, Inc.; William J. Hastings, Inc.; Williams Distributing Corp.; Worcester Manufacturing, Inc.; Zero Corp.

1990 – 2009

Hampden Paper Company; Center for Human Development, Inc.; Springfield College; Winton Apartments/Palmer Housing Authority; Pioneer Valley Living Care Center at Amherst, Inc.; Catamont Manufacturing, Inc.; Loomis House and Loomis Village; Loomis Communities, Inc.; American International College; Sunshine Art Studios, Inc. Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley, Inc. Industries of the Springfield/Hartford Area, Inc.; Massachusetts Foundation for Learning Disabilities d/b/a White Oak School; Techni-Products, Inc.; Lenox Library Association; Pioneer Packaging, Inc.; Millrite Machine, Inc.; Hampshire Educational Collaborative, Inc.; Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield, Inc.; Media Education Foundation; Hampshire YMCA; Hi-Tech Mold & Tool, Inc.; Becket YMCA; Kripalu Yoga Fellowship; Friends of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, Inc.; Williston Northampton School; ServiceNet; ABC & D Recycling; Permafiber Corporation; Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Corporation; Argotec, Inc.; Hazen Paper Company; Unistress Corp./Petricca Industries; Universal Plastics Corporation; VCA, Inc.; Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.; KSD Limited Partnership, Berkshire Family And Individual Resources, Inc., Friends of Martin Luther King, Inc., Hazen Paper Company, LTI Smart Glass, Inc., Valley Steel Stamp, Inc.,Specialty Wholesale Supply Corporation, Excelsior Printing Company, Sinicon Plastics Inc., Mastex Industries, Inc., Center for Human Development, Inc., Meredith-Springfield Associates, Inc.

The principal attorneys in this department are Gary S. Fentin, James B. Sheils, and Ellen W. Freyman.