Senior Counsel
Direct Dial: 980-729-6032

Kerri DeRuyter practices in the areas of commercial, corporate and real estate finance across all business lines, representing borrowers and lenders in loan transactions of all sizes. Her practice targets commercial finance and secured transactions, with a focus on real property issues and collateral.  She has particular experience in the acquisition, development and financing of office, retail and industrial properties, leasing and structured credit financing.  Kerri also advises lenders in connection with loans in the non-profit sector, as well as the renewable energy industry and general commercial and industrial lending.

Kerri has substantial prior experience in connection with the origination and modification of complex permanent, construction and mezzanine financing projects secured by diverse collateral located in North Carolina, New York and geographic areas throughout the country. Kerri developed a strong background in commercial real estate finance while working at the Charlotte and New York offices of a major international law firm, where her practice included the representation of the administrative agent in multi-lender syndicated real estate facilities. She also frequently represented international lenders in portfolio-based fee and leasehold construction and permanent financings, refinancings and workouts.   Kerri has experience in CMBS originations, asset-backed securitizations and other types of structured finance transactions.  Prior to moving to North Carolina, Kerri was an associate at an international law firm located in New York, where she advised on a wide range of transactions, including public and private securities offerings and purchases, secured bank and non-bank lending and borrowing transactions and mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic investments and partnerships involving public and private companies.

In addition, Kerri regularly advises clients in traditional real estate and general corporate matters. She also represents franchisors and franchisees regarding corporate governance, franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documentation and related compliance matters.

Bar Admissions:
North Carolina
New York
Cornell Law School, 2002
Binghamton University, S.U.N.Y., 1999
Professional Affiliations:
North Carolina Bar Association
Mecklenburg County Bar