Anne-Thérèse Béchamps

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Anne-Thérèse Béchamps is a business attorney with a diverse practice in real estate and commercial finance. Anne-Thérèse negotiates and documents the acquisition, financing, and disposition of all types of commercial real estate, including land for development, with a focus on mixed-use and hotel developments. Her extensive experience in financing includes term and revolving credit facilities secured by real and personal property, construction financing, mezzanine loans, and credit enhancements. She regularly advises clients on matters involving Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. She has led numerous complex syndicated and portfolio transactions, as well as single-asset deals, through to completion.

Anne-Thérèse represents real estate investors, developers, owners, banks, and other institutional lenders. She also advises other Venable clients in the real estate and financing aspects of their businesses.

She started her legal career in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and brings that experience and perspective to structuring transactions to protect her clients’ interests. When necessary, she is able to guide her clients through the foreclosure, receivership, and workout processes.

Anne-Thérèse is a member of Venable's Opinion Committee and Ethics Committee.

Related Industries


Representative Matters

  • Represented  hotel and other commercial real estate owners in acquisition, construction, and refinance loans
  • Represented a privately owned hotel developer and owner in the $1.7 billion disposition of a 100-property hotel portfolio
  • Represented an international public company in the acquisition and development of hotel projects
  • Represented a special servicer in multiple portfolio sales of office, retail, multifamily, and hotel REO properties
  • Represented an international, family-owned food and agriculture company in more than $1 billion of secured term and revolving-credit facilities
  • Represented the lead bank in syndicated construction financings for various mixed-use projects




  • J.D. magna cum laude University of Notre Dame 1990
    • Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
  • M.S. Real Estate Johns Hopkins University 2008
  • B.A. summa cum laude St. Mary-of-the-Woods College 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections
  • Chair, Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Committee, ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property, Planning and Zoning, Business Law and Agriculture Sections
  • Served on the MBSA subcommittee that authored the personal property, real property, and recordation tax sections of the 2007 Report on Lawyers' Opinions in Business Transactions, by the Special Joint Committee of the Section of Business Law and the Section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning of the MSBA
  • Member, planning committee, MBSA Advanced Real Property Institute
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Association, Real Property and Business Law Sections


  • French



  • Serves on national and local nonprofit advisory boards
  • Serves on the mission advisory board for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and counsels the executive board of the Assistance Center of Towson Churches

Personal Activities