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, receivables financing and credit enhancements. She has led numerous complex syndicated 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.

In addition, Anne-Thérèse regularly advises clients on matters involving Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code and serves as local Maryland and Virginia real estate counsel to many other firms.

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 also a member of Venable's Opinion 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 acquisition or disposition of more than 100 hotels
  • Represented two private food and agriculture companies in multi-billion dollar secured term and revolving-credit facilities
  • Represented special servicers in multiple workouts, foreclosures and sales of office, retail, multifamily, and hotel real estate owned (REO) properties
  • Represented a lender in acquiring, by deed in lieu of foreclosure, a regional mall undergoing redevelopment




  • 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, Business Law and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections, American Bar Association
  • Past vice chair, Hospitality, Timesharing, and Common Interests Development Group, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Past chair, Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property, Planning and Zoning, and Business Law Sections, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Chair, Opinion Practices Committee, Business Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Past member, Planning Committee, Advanced Real Property Institute, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Served on the 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 Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property and Business Law Sections, Virginia State Bar Association


  • French


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2023 – 2024



  • Member, Mission Advisory Board, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
  • Counsel to the Executive Board, Assistance Center of Towson Churches
  • Member, Catholic Business Network of Baltimore
  • Member, Notre Dame Club of Maryland