Larry Makel

Larry Makel



Larry provides legal and other business counsel to mezzanine, equity firms, and other financial institutions.
Larry concentrates his practice in the structured finance, venture capital, and financial services areas, as well as in the formation of small businesses, investment corporations, and private investment funds. He is adept at planning and structuring all aspects of a financing, from preparing documentation and agreements to meeting the complex compliance challenges associated with raising capital to finance corporate expansion.

Education & Admissions

New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1980)

West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., 1978)

Washington and Jefferson College (B.A., 1975), cum laude


  • Texas


Representative Work

Larry has represented numerous financial institutions in connection with:

  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Leveraged recapitalizations
  • Refinancings
  • Subordinated debt investments
  • Preferred stock investments
  • Asset-based lending
  • Restructurings and workouts

News & Resources


SBIC Annual Recertification of Institutional Investor Unfunded Commitments
3.0 Model Debenture SBIC Ltd Partnership Agreement Now Available
President Obama Signs SBIC Advisers Relief Act into law; Long-awaited clarification of Registration Exemptions for Advisers to SBICs

News & Press Mentions

18 Dorsey Attorneys Named Thomson Reuters “Stand-Out Lawyers”
Four Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Woodward White, Inc.)
Dorsey Partner Larry Makel Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 (Woodward White, Inc.)
Dorsey & Whitney Adds 10 More Lawyers in Dallas

Select Presentations

  • Larry speaks regularly on the subjects of junior capital, structured products and fund formation.

Industries & Practices

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Investment Funds
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Securitization

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Alliance Hockey Association, Board, President
  • Washington and Jefferson College, Board of Trustees
  • Dallas Citizens Council
  • Oak Hill School Founder, Director and Executive Committee Member
  • Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board Member
  • Founder, Director, and Board Member of:
    • Resource Bank, N.A.
    • Texas Capital Bank, N.A.
    • Highlands Bank, N.A.
    • Dallas Capital Bank, N.A.


  • Recognized as a "Stand-Out Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2024
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2021, (Woodward White, Inc.)
  • Waltersdorf Leadership Award for Alumni of Washington and Jefferson College, U.S. DOJ, 2007