AT THE VANGUARD OF CROSS-BORDER FINANCE.
Michael B. Carsella, Founder and Managing Director
Mike has been in the international business and finance area for 26 years in a number of key positions involving legal, marketing and business management. His legal positions have taken him from counsel at GD Searle to partner at Foley & Lardner, Chicago, and then in-house counsel to LaSalle Business Credit, part of the ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank worldwide banking network. As VP of Marketing for StanChart International in 1992 (part of Standard Chartered Bank), he helped develop the first cross-border asset-based lending offices in London, Toronto and Chicago, resulting in LaSalle Business Credit’s Cross-Border Finance group in 2004.
As manager of Cross-Border Finance, the unit grew from a start-up operation to over 15 cross-border transactions per year in more than 16 countries. These transactions involved all manner of financing techniques from cash flow and ABL senior tranches, to junior lien, Term B, mezzanine and securitizations to trade finance, letters of credit and foreign credit insurance.
Mike holds a B.A. from Loyola University, Chicago, a M.A. in international relations/business from Columbia University and J.D. from Georgetown University. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at the John Marshall Center for International Law teaching International Secured Transactions and member of the Commercial Finance Association and Association for Corporate Growth.