Cheli Bleda Drew focuses her practice on commercial lending, corporate finance and private equity and mezzanine finance. She regularly represents both lenders and borrowers in connection with the negotiation, documentation and administration of secured and unsecured single-lender and syndicated revolving and term loan credit facilities, including in connection with asset based loans and acquisition financings. 

Cheli also represents issuers, borrowers, investors, platforms, and sponsors in connection with asset based financings, securitizations, master repurchase and warehouse facilities, marketplace (P2P) lending and merchant capital advance programs. 

Clients value Cheli’s practical yet creative service philosophy that focuses on minimizing obstacles while ensuring her clients meet critical deadlines. She develops an in-depth understanding of each client’s overall business goals while helping them navigate complicated financing requirements to design effective and creative financing solutions. 

Cheli’s experience serving a broad range of companies – from small cap to Fortune 500 - enables her to leverage her in-depth knowledge of the market to find progressive and realistic solutions to her clients’ financing needs, regardless of their revenue size. 

Prior to joining Honigman, Michelle was a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of an AmLaw 100 international law firm.


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Prior Experience

  • Hogan Lovells US, LLP, Washington, DC, Senior Associate, 2015-2018
  • K&L Gates, LLP,  Charlotte, NC, Associate, 2013-2015






The Best Lawyers in America, Recognized as "One to Watch"

  •  Recognized in the practice area of:
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2023-2024
    • Corporate Law, 2024

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