University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • Accounting and Finance
  • summa cum laude; Beta Gamma Sigma

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State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association

  • Board of Directors
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Don Baty is a commercial law attorney with a particular focus on secured lending and counseling clients on various matters from loan origination to enforcement in and out of bankruptcy. He also represents purchasers of goods and services in connection with purchasing and supplier issues.

  • Significant experience in asset-based and structured finance, securitizations, loan syndications, and sales of distressed debt
  • Advises and represents clients in unusual secured lending transactions and purchasing matters involving just-in-time inventory systems
  • Representative clients include banks, commercial finance companies, and other commercial lenders, corporate purchasing managers, and major manufacturers
  • Represents major manufacturers in dealing with financially troubled suppliers of critical goods and services where there is significant potential for production interruptions should the supplier become insolvent or cease operations because of financial difficulties


  • Represented major manufacturer in developing a $3 billion vendor receivable factoring facility (which was one of the first in the industry)
  • Counseled GM in connection with the development and implementation of a $3 billion quick-pay receivables factoring arrangement
  • Assisted GM in restructuring of $750 million in leveraged lease obligations
  • Represented Ally Commercial Finance as agent in $125 million receivables securitization
  • Advised lender in restructuring $50 million credit facility to largest car-hauling company in the U.S.
  • Represented Citizens Bank in acquisition of asset-based loan portfolios
  • Assisted Ally Commercial Finance in divestiture of $450 million portfolio of non-performing assets
  • Counseled lead lender in $90 million debtor in possession financing
  • Co-developed "Access and Security Agreement" and "Accommodation Agreement" concepts and documents that have become standards in the automotive and manufacturing industries in dealing with financially distressed suppliers

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  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2009
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Banking & Finance field in Michigan; Chambers USA states: 
      • 2019 – Donald Baty is "a fantastic attorney who provides excellent legal advice." He is recognized for assisting clients throughout the bankruptcy process.
      • 2018 – "Donald Baty advises lenders on securitizations, syndicated loans and distressed debt mandates, and is experienced in handling cross-border financing matters."
      • 2017 – "Donald Baty is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer" with a strong understanding of commercial dynamics. He regularly advises clients on bankruptcy proceedings and matters of secured lending, and is also experienced in handling structured finance transactions and loan syndications."
      • 2016 – "Donald Baty draws effusive praise from clients for his advocacy skills and is described by sources as a 'very smart, creative and hardworking' attorney. He is particularly skilled in loan enforcement, syndicated loan deals and commercial transactions involving distressed debt."
      • 2015 – "Donald Baty advises on a wide range of matters including securitizations, asset-based and structured finance, and loan syndications, among others. 'His service and responsiveness is second to none,' notes one admiring source."
      • 2014 – "'Fine lawyer' Donald Baty is well respected for his work in areas including secured lending, asset based and structured finance and loan origination. According to clients, he does a 'good job fitting the necessary legal work into a larger framework.'"
      • 2013 – "The well-respected Donald Baty has extensive banking and finance experience, spanning loan origination, bankruptcy, and issues relating to troubled suppliers."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2020
    • Recognized in practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Detroit Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, 2013-2016, and 2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Banking and Financial Institutions Law
      • Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial
      • Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
      • Secured Transactions Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated