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Cheryl A. Santaniello

Partner   |   Wilmington
Partner   |   Wilmington

CHERYL A. SANTANIELLO is the Managing Partner of the Firm's Wilmington office and a Partner in the Business Transactions and the Real Estate Groups. Drawing on over 25 years of legal experience, she provides general counsel to her clients on a wide range of legal matters.

Cheryl has a broad range of experience within the business transactional, commercial real estate, and lending areas, having represented purchasers, sellers, lenders, developers, landlords, and tenants in business, real estate, and lending matters. Cheryl has significant experience negotiating sophisticated corporate contracts and vendor agreements and representing business clients in complex sales and acquisitions. She has developed an in-depth commercial leasing practice negotiating complex ground leases, shopping center leases, and office leases. Cheryl has also developed a varied lending practice representing lenders in commercial loans, workouts, and the purchase and sale of loans.

Cheryl is a thought leader in her field and has written several articles for the Delaware Bankers Journal.



Representative transactions on which Cheryl has worked include:

  • A $250,000,000 credit facility with multiple participating banks, representing the lending agent.
  • A $10,000,000 church bond offering, representing the bond issuer.
  • A $22,000,000 acquisition loan to a mixed-use developer, representing the developer.
  • A $135,000,000 construction project for the development of several properties, representing the property owner in the negotiation of construction contracts.
  • A $13,500,000 hotel property acquisition financing, representing the lender.
  • A $8,000,000 letter of credit facility financing for a chapter 11 bankruptcy debtor, representing the lender.
  • A $23,000,000 mobile home park property, representing the seller.
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Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
Vanderbilt University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Third Circuit Court of Appeals