Ballard Spahr LLP has hired four attorneys from White and Williams LLP known for their work in real estate and commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, according to licensing and corporate counseling firm chair Mark Stewart.

The four began Monday.

Partner Maulin Vidwans and of counsel Jennifer Santangelo joined the firm’s finance department. Partner Ryan Udell and associate Adam Chelminiak will work in its business and transactions department.

“These attorneys work together seamlessly, and their collaborative approach will be welcomed at Ballard Spahr,” Stewart said.

The hires help Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr expand its M&A capabilities outside Minneapolis, where many of those attorneys work.

“Ballard Spahr really gave us a unique opportunity,” Vidwans said. “The synergies of what they want to do and what we are doing matched up really well.”

Vidwans handles commercial and real estate finance transactions on a regional and national basis, representing national commercial banks and other capital sources in a wide range of debt and equity transactions, including M&A and timeshare financing transactions as well as loan restructurings.

He also represents borrowers with an emphasis on M&A and portfolio company transactions.

Santangelo advises lenders and borrowers on asset-based loans, real estate financing transactions, and mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses. She also handles acquisition, construction, and receivables financing for timeshare projects nationwide.

Udell advises companies in mergers, acquisitions, sales, licensing and capital raising. He helps emerging growth companies secure financing and represents angel and venture capital investors in debt and equity transactions.

Chelminiak advises businesses in M&A transactions, capital-raising transactions, joint ventures, equity and debt financings, and general corporate matters. In addition, he works with entrepreneurs and new companies in forming, starting and funding businesses.

Ballard Spahr, with more than 600 lawyers in 15 U.S. offices, has a strong public finance presence.