Wesley A. Misson 

Partner – Charlotte
T.+1 704 348 5355
650 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 V-CARD

Wes Misson is Head of Fund Finance, co-chair of Cadwalader’s Finance Group, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He leads the largest and most experienced fund finance team in the market, a trans-Atlantic group which represents credit providers on Subscription Credit Facilities, NAV-Facilities, Hybrids, Pref Equity Structures, GP Financings, Venture Debt and Capital Relief and Risk Transfer Trades for private equity, real estate and other investment funds of all sizes and vintages sponsored by many of the world’s preeminent fund sponsors. Wes has represented financial institutions as lenders and lead agents in hundreds of Subscription Credit Facilities, Hybrid Facilities, NAV Facilities and other types of fund financings during the course of his career. His experience also encompasses being a market leader on ESG facilities while serving on the firm’s ESG Task Force and being a problem solver for more than a decade-plus working with fund-related borrowers on the negotiation of third-party investor documents with institutional, high net worth and sovereign wealth investors.

Wes was featured in the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers 2021 Report in the “Sustainability” category for his representations on nine environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related fund facilities in the U.S., including his work advising Bank of America on a $4.1 billion ESG-linked credit facility tied to Board diversity for funds managed by The Carlyle Group.

Wes was a recipient of the Fund Finance Association’s “Annual Contribution to the Industry Award” for 2023. The FFA noted that he “leads the largest and most experienced team in the U.S. market and has served as lead counsel on thousands of transactions, including many of the largest and most sophisticated fund financings ever consummated.” The FFA added that his “innovative work and commercial approach has had a profound impact on the fund finance industry.”

In addition, Wes was named a “Most Effective Deal-Maker” as part of the 2023 ALM Southeastern Awards. In its selection, ALM referenced Wes as being “the most prominent lender-side fund finance lawyer in the industry.” Wes was also named as a 2024 “Leader in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Wes has served as lead counsel on many of the largest and most sophisticated fund financings ever consummated. Over the past two years alone, he has advised more than 40 banks as lead or syndicate lender in transactions valued in excess of $200 billion in terms of lender commitments.

Beyond his client work, Wes is very active in broader industry initiatives, as a prolific author and educator on fund finance, including as a regular contributor to the firm’s weekly newsletter, Fund Finance Friday. He is also a year-round speaker at and participant in related events, including as part of the Fund Finance Association, the industry’s main networking association, for which he serves as a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee. He is also deeply involved in charitable work as chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Wes has a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Wesley A. Misson 


  • North Carolina


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill