William G. Sturm II


Womble Bond Dickinson
100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Tel: +1 410.545.5810

Email: chip.sturm@wbd-us.com
Web: www.womblebonddickinson.com

As former in-house counsel to one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, Chip has firsthand experience with the everyday challenges that banks and equipment finance companies face. Chip draws on this knowledge in developing practical, straight-forward solutions that strike the appropriate balance between protecting the institution from a risk perspective while accomplishing its ultimate objective of successfully closing transactions.

Chip represents lessors and lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of equipment finance, public finance and commercial lending transactions, including tax-motivated, TRAC, synthetic and finance leases, secured financings and tax-exempt leases, loans and general obligation and revenue bonds. He also counsels clients regarding the acquisition and sale of transactions and portfolios, and assists them with developing standard commercial and taxexempt loan, lease and syndication documentation.

Chip is an active member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association and National Association of Bond Lawyers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Loading Dock, Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit dedicated to increasing the supply of affordable building materials for housing and community improvement.

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