Executive Team

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Joshua Hyman

Joshua Hyman graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1989. Since that time, Josh has been a banking lawyer in Chicago and New York. For more than 30 years, Josh grew and maintained a national banking practice whereby he represented over a hundred banks, credit unions, loan service providers and institutional note buyers on a wide spectrum of Small Business Administration issues. Josh has been identified as a “leading lawyer” by his peers between 2010 and 2019. Josh founded and managed the banking practice at a mid-size Chicago law-firm in 2000. He eventually spearheaded the law-firm’s opening of a New York office and continued to represent financial institutions in Chicago and New York on a wide variety of issues.

In 2017 Josh stepped down from law-firm management and the day to day responsibilities associated with being the practice group leader of the firm’s banking department. At that time, Josh became special counsel to the law-firm. Josh prides himself on being hyper-responsive to clients’ needs and he approaches each matter with a practical and result oriented mindset. Josh is the Managing Director of SBA Loan Documentation Services. He brings a wealth of legal and business experience to the company and is highly regarded as a banking lawyer in the SBA space.

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Sarah Lash

Sarah is owner of a private law firm and serves as Affiliated Managing Director at SBA Loan Documentation Services.  Sarah focuses her legal practice on the banking & financial services industry, representing clients ranging from local credit unions to national banking institutions. She has appeared in both state and federal court and has experience in bankruptcy matters, residential and commercial mortgage foreclosure cases, title claims, breach of contract actions, consumer compliance, and replevin/detinue matters.

In addition to Sarah’s experience in general creditor’s rights, she focuses her practice on SBA related transactional and compliance issues. Having experience in both the liquidation and transactional side of SBA Lending, Sarah has a unique perspective on both the preparation and defense of loan documentation terms. Having worked with some of the largest SBA lenders for over a decade, as well as, SBA district counsels throughout the United States, Sarah brings a vast amount of SBA experience and knowledge to SBA Loan Documentation Services, LLC. Sarah has written many articles regarding SBA related compliance and regulatory issues and is a regular at the annual NAGGL conferences.

Prior to forming her own law practice, Sarah was a partner in the Banking practice group of a Midwest-based law firm where she managed their New York Office, as well as, a team of attorneys in their Chicago office.


Naydine Varela

Naydine is the Director of Loan Documentation at SBA Loan Documentation Services, LLC (SLDS).  In her role as Director, Naydine helps coordinate a seamless SBA loan closing experience on behalf of Closing Managers and their teams at both financial institutions and Lender Service Providers (LSPs).  This includes anticipating any issues or concerns they may face as part of the loan closing process, as well as accurately preparing loan documents for SBA 7(a) loans.  Naydine’s team of former Bank Closers and packagers follow all state-specific and Federal regulations and nuances while adhering to each lender’s unique policies and procedures to ensure that loan documents are compliant with the SBA’s SOPs, as well as any jurisdictional requirements.  Naydine has dedicated two decades to the customer experience, 15 of those specializing in Government Guaranteed Lending as a seasoned SBA Closer at a variety of financial institutions, some of which include top-performing SBA lenders.  She has also spent meaningful time doing loan servicing, portfolio management, work-out and liquidations.  Naydine is passionate about training and mentoring members of her team, equipping these individuals with the skills and qualities to meet the specific needs of each client on a consistent basis.  Naydine provides an intimate boutique client experience with “service” at the forefront of everything she does, distinguishing the SLDS team from other firms and documentation providers in the SBA space.