Lessons From the Wake of Economic Collapse: Avoiding Personal Liability in Loan Origination and Restructuring

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Although today’s lending economy continues to follow a fairly steady path toward stability, the recent economic downturn has given rise to an increasing number of lawsuits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) seeking to impose personal liability against directors and officers of failed financial institutions.

In 2009, the FDIC received authorization to pursue 11 lawsuits against directors and officers for personal liability, while in 2012, the FDIC received authorization to pursue 369 personal liability lawsuits against directors and officers. As of April 15, the FDIC was on pace to authorize more than 400 lawsuits against directors and officers of failed institutions this year.

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