Rachel Churchill assists clients with their real estate needs, including handling financing, acquisitions and dispositions, land use analysis and advocacy, title encumbrance analysis and modifications, and leasing and related matters. In serving clients as diverse as financial institutions, private equity funds, private developers, state agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, private clients and cultural institutions, she draws on her experience with complex corporate debt and equity financings, start-up funding, general corporate structuring and governance matters, and public finance offerings. Rachel’s financing work includes negotiating and documenting acquisition, refinance, construction, and tenant improvement loans for borrowers and lenders as well as commercial and industrial loans for lenders.
Her extensive public finance experience includes the structuring and facilitation of a variety of tax-exempt bond transactions. She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and issuer’s counsel, among other capacities. Her public finance work has focused on debt issuances to support 501(c)(3) organizations, such as colleges and universities, secondary schools, cultural institutions, and other charitable organizations. She has also served as counsel for various public authorities related to their bond issuances and continues to serve as lender’s and borrower’s counsel in such financings.
Rachel is an active community member in both providing pro bono legal services—including assisting not-for-profit entities in transactional matters and serving veterans as an accredited representative before the US Department of Veterans Affairs—and fulfilling civic duties as an elected member of her town’s legislative body and as an appointed member of her local Zoning Board of Appeals. Rachel’s community involvement has also included serving on the boards of Berkshire Family and Individual Resources and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. She has been recognized for her public service work as a pro bono honor roll recipient by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as the inaugural recipient of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Young Alumni award, and, in college, as the recipient of multiple service and merit-based scholarships (AmeriCorps Service Scholarship, the Paul Tsongas Scholarship, and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Public Service Scholarship).