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Supreme Court Decision Fails to Provide Clarity on ECOA Claims

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first 4-4 decision following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, thereby affirming the 8th Circuit in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. The Court’s per curiam opinion...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Pay now, litigate later: Relief for Lenders upheld in Palaniappan v Westpac Banking Corporation

Several Australian cases have considered the ability of a guarantor to challenge its payment obligations under a guarantee. Lenders typically rely on provisions which restrict a guarantor from avoiding payment under the...more

The Devils Dictionary

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

First Impressions and Prohibited Mortgage Modifications in Bankruptcy

Section 1322(b)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code enables a debtor to “modify the rights of holders of secured claims, other than a claim secured only by a security interest in real property that is the debtor’s principal...more

Best Practices Issued for Small Business Alternative Finance Industry

The Small Business Finance Association (SBFA) has issued "Small Business Finance Principles" that represent best practices for providers of merchant cash advances (MCA) and other companies in the alternative finance industry...more

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Nullifies Lender's Right To Block Debtor's Bankruptcy Filing

Often, as part of a forbearance agreement, a lender will obtain a provision requiring its consent to any subsequently filed bankruptcy; the theory being that if the business debtor subsequently defaults under its restructured...more

Of ECOA and the FDCPA – A Tie in the Supreme Court and A Fourth Circuit Win for Debt Collection

It was a busy week in the fabled halls of justice last week as judges undoubtedly worked to get out a few more opinions before Easter break. Two opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

Supreme Court's Four-to-Four Decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore Leaves Open Question About Application of Equal...

In its first evenly split vote since the death of Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court last week affirmed an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore that spouses who guarantee...more

FASB’s Current Expected Credit Loss Proposal - Capital Recapture Considerations for Loan Documents

This eUpdate addresses a concern regarding the impact on bank capital of the FASB’s “Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15)” (the “Proposal”), should it be adopted. ...more

Supreme Court Affirmation of Hawkins Case Raises More Questions Than It Answers

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an order in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. An evenly divided Court affirmed the Eighth Circuit decision without issuing an opinion, thereby resolving...more

Divided Supreme Court Results in Non-Uniform Application of Reg B

In what goes for kicking the can down the road at the Supreme Court, the Court has evenly split on an appeal arising from the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, 761 F3d 937 (CA8...more

SUPREME COURT DECISION COMPLICATES SPOUSAL GUARANTY RULES EVEN FURTHER

The U.S. Supreme Court recently split 4-4 in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, leaving unsettled the question of the enforceability of the “spousal guaranty” rule under federal Regulation B, and for now letting the...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in four cases on March 22, 2016: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146: Respondents, employees at a pork processing plant of petitioner Tyson Foods, filed a...more

Guarantor Standing Under Reg. B Unresolved After Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore

“The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.” With that one sentence, the Supreme Court case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, Case No. 14-520 came to an end. The first 4-4 decision from the Court since the...more

A Guaranty Is Only As Good As The Person Who Signs It: Enforcing Commercial Lending Guaranties In Massachusetts

Guaranties are common practice in the commercial lending industry. Typically, the borrower is a small corporation, limited liability company, or similar entity that is thinly capitalized with few (likely encumbered) assets....more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of The Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: You have just received word that your customer has filed Chapter 11. You had followed my advice (see article Reducing a Customer’s Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency), and put the customer on a...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

Co-debtors’ Obligations May be Treated Differently in Bankruptcy

Imagine the following common scenario: A lender makes a commercial loan and the note is signed by two borrower entities, each of whom provides separate real property collateral as security for the loan. The borrowers...more

HVCRE: Surrender Is Not An Option

The way the new Basel III High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Lending Rule (HVCRE) was crafted, and is being enforced, is insane. We’ve written about this before. This is one of the purest examples of the regulatory...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

New EU Securitisation Regulation: Moving in the Right Direction

The European Commission published a draft regulation on a European framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation on 30 September 2015 (the “Draft Regulation”). The Draft Regulation aims to achieve a better...more

Secured Lenders – Stay on Top of the Law or Proceed at Your Own Risk

For years, the typical post-default strategy of secured lenders has been to foreclose the collateral through the power-of-sale contained in the deed of trust, credit the foreclosure proceeds to the outstanding loan balance,...more

Seattle Considers Development of Sharia-Compliant Financing

As the United States continues to become increasingly diverse with residents from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths, financial institutions are working to find ways to provide both consumer and commercial...more

SBA Lending May Be Critical to Future Community Banking

Headlines should read, “Congress and President Do Something Right!” On July 28, 2015, only one day after Congress passed the matter, the President signed into law an increase in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) lending,...more

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