Candelario Saldana 

Associate – Charlotte
T.+1 704 348 5387
650 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 V-CARD

Candelario Saldana is an associate in Cadwalader’s Capital Markets Group. He represents investment banks and other financial institutions in secured commercial lending transactions, CLOs, commercial mortgage-backed securitizations and other asset-backed securitizations.

In 2022, Candelario was named among the American Bar Association’s “On the Rise” honorees, the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s “40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40” and a “Top Latino Lawyer” by Latino Leaders Magazine. He was also awarded the 2022 “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Mecklenburg County (NC) Bar. He was named by Super Lawyers as a Charlotte Rising Star for Securities & Corporate Finance in 2023 and 2024. Candelario has also been on the North Carolina Attorney Pro Bono Honor Society for three years in a row, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

In 2024, Candelario received the Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award presented by the Mecklenburg County Bar, which recognizes an attorney who champions diversity and inclusion in Mecklenburg County while embodying high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity and consistent competence. He also received the 2024 “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award from The Hispanic National Bar Association which recognizes members who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession.

Candelario received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina.

Candelario Saldana 


  • North Carolina


  • University of Miami School of Law
    J.D., cum laude