Wendy’s practice focuses on representing private equity firms, private and public companies, and financial institutions in debt financing transactions.

Wendy Lisman primarily represents private equity sponsors, private and public companies and lenders in structuring and negotiating secured and unsecured debt finance transactions, with particular emphasis on leveraged buyouts, acquisition financings, Holdco PIK facilities, back leverage facilities, recapitalizations, refinancings, receivables financings and structured financings. She has represented clients across a wide range of industries, including the technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Wendy also has significant experience negotiating, drafting and advising clients on securitizations, derivatives, derivatives clearing agreements, repurchase agreements, complex lending arrangements and Dodd-Frank compliance matters.




  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude
  • Carleton College, B.A., 2005, magna cum laude


  • Minnesota, 2012
  • New York, 2012


  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Book Award Recipient, Civil Procedure, University of Minnesota Law School, 2008

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

“Additional PPP Funding Available Soon and More SBA Clarifications,” FredNEWS: Bank & Finance, April 24, 2020

“PPP Loan Forgiveness: What Borrowers and Lenders Need to Know,” FredNEWS: Bank & Finance, April 14, 2020

“New FAQs from SBA and the Department of the Treasury Provide Clarifications on the Paycheck Protection Program,” co-authored with Erin Byom, Levi Smith, Caitlin Houlton Kuntz, Marguerite Ahmann and Eldri Johnson, FredNEWS: Bank & Finance, April 8, 2020

“Payroll Protection Loans Under the CARES Act: Updated FAQs for Companies Seeking Assistance,” FredNEWS: Employment & Labor, April 3, 2020

“Payroll Protection Loans Under the CARES Act: FAQs for Companies Seeking Assistance,” co-authored with Levi Smith, Caitlin Houlton Kuntz and Erin Byom, FredNEWS: Bank & Finance, March 27, 2020

Panelist, Securitization Basics: What Young Lawyers Should Know, Securitization and Structured Finance Committee, ABA Business Law Section, October 25, 2018

Co-Author, “Cryptocurrencies,” FredNEWS: Bank & Finance, June 2018

Co-Executive Editor, "Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Transactions: Jargon, Lingo, and Lore, Securitization and Structured Finance Committee," ABA Business Law Section, 2015

Presenter, Securitization Basics: What Young Lawyers Should Know, Securitization and Structured Finance Committee, ABA Business Law Section, September 2016

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