Rebecca Fruchtman recently joined Mayer Brown LLP’s banking and finance practice group where her practice concentrates on global trade finance and asset based lending matters. Previously Ms. Fruchtman served as general counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Business Capital line of business (US Central Region) on asset based lending facilities up to $1 Billion, workout and bankruptcy matters (2017 to 2019) and as counsel to the Bank’s Global Transaction Services Global Trade and Supply Chain Line of Business (2012 to 2017). Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Fruchtman was a founding partner of Baer Higgins Fruchtman LLC, a law firm focusing on complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters and before that, was an attorney in the Kirkland & Ellis LLP restructuring and corporate finance practice groups from 1999.
Ms. Fruchtman has a deep bench of experience in the global trade finance space, in structuring, negotiating and executing securitization, leveraged lease, and other complex financing transactions and in all facets of distressed situations, including extensive involvement in some of the largest bankruptcy cases filed in the US.
Ms. Fruchtman has spoken routinely on letter of credit topics at the annual International Banking Law & Practice Conferences and actively participated in the global banking association BAFT IFSA, having spoken at a BAFT 2015 conference in Chicago and been involved in BAFT’s lobbying the Fed on Trade related Dodd-Frank issues and its review of FATCA’s impact on letter of credit fees.