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EU Adopts a Parent-Subsidiary Directive Amendment on Hybrid Loans

On July 8th 2014, the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) adopted an amendment to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD). This amendment is targeted at cross-border hybrid loans and aims to...more

Guarantors Remain Liable for “Carve-out” Obligations, Despite Non-recourse Loan

Believe it or not, guaranty contracts mean what they say. If a guarantor agrees to reimburse a lender for misappropriated security deposits, unpaid taxes, and the cost of enforcement, then – not surprisingly – courts will...more

Cœur Défense: the Chronicle of a Foretold Reform of the French Safeguard Proceedings

The end of a legal saga - On April 7, 2014, the Commercial Court of Paris put an end to the Coeur Défense’s legal saga by acknowledging the implementation of the two safeguard plans adopted for Heart La Défense (HoLD),...more

New Jersey Prepayment Law Does Not Apply to Individual Guarantors of a Commercial Loan

The New Jersey Superior Court, in Lopresti v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., determined that the New Jersey Prepayment Law, N.J.S.A. § 46:10B-1, does not apply to individual guarantors who had guaranteed a commercial loan. There,...more

IRS Chief Counsel Shrugs Off Taxpayer’s Section 956 Gambit

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (the “Memorandum”), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (International) addressed an interesting and somewhat creative internal financing structure deployed by a taxpayer...more

"Legendary" Case Confirms Guarantor's Independent Liability

In a published and precedent establishing case, the California Court of Appeal recently confirmed a guarantor’s separate and independent liability to a lender even if the borrower’s own liability has been discharged or...more

Bill Aims To Exempt Venture Capital Company Equity Security Investments From Lenders Law

California requires persons who are engaged in the business of making loans to be licensed under the Finance Lenders Law. Cal. Fin. Code § 22000 et seq. This had been an issue for venture capital funds that extended bridge...more

NY Court Rejects Recourse Triggers Accepted in Cherryland and Gratiot

In a prior post (“Emerging Statutory Threats to Recourse Triggers”), we tackled Michigan and Ohio statutes that invalidated non-recourse triggers sprung by certain types of insolvency events. As noted there, the statutes were...more

How Can a Business Access EB-5 Financing?

Businesses looking to obtain capital and financing for projects in the United States often think of bank loans or securities offerings, but the EB-5 investor program is a little-known investment vehicle that is a viable...more

Usury Savings Clauses No Longer Save Lenders

Commercial lenders in Rhode Island may no longer rely upon a Usury Savings Clause in loan documents. Most commercial loan documents contain such a clause, which usually states that any payments made by a borrower in excess...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Several recent legal developments will likely impact acquisition finance. A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York examines who is an “Eligible Assignee” entitled to acquire...more

Expanded Commercial Loan Exemption Under California Finance Lenders Law

As a result of the passage of Assembly Bill No. 1091 (“AB 1091”), persons1 that make only occasional commercial loans in California may be able to take advantage of an expanded licensing exemption under the California Finance...more

Changes in the California Legal Environment for Commercial Lenders and the Dangers of “Extending and Pretending” in Dealing with...

I have recently reviewed several articles about the recent trial court decision of Zigner v. Pacific Mercantile Bank, Orange County Case No. 30-2010-00337433 (filed in January 2010). Our firm did not represent any party in...more

Supreme Court of Rhode Island Declares Usury Savings Clauses Void

For public policy reasons, the Rhode Island Supreme Court recently held that usury savings clauses are void and unenforceable. In NV One, LLC v. Potomac Home Capital, LLC, borrowers who had defaulted on their note filed a...more

E.D.N.C. Bankruptcy Court Rules that Borrower Can Raise Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Claims Against Lender Based on...

Does a lender have a duty to act in good faith when negotiating with a borrower during a commercial loan modification? In an order issued recently by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North...more

Loan Guarantors Fail To Establish Sham Guaranty Defense to Avoid Commercial Loan Obligations

A California appellate court recently found that despite the unity of ownership between a defendant's entities used for purposes of borrowing money in a commercial loan transaction, the debtor could not rely on the "sham...more

Cognovit Provisions in Commercial Loan Documents: Enforceability Limited?

A recent Ohio Court of Appeals decision sheds some light on the enforcement of confession of judgment (“cognovit”) provisions in commercial loan documents. These provisions remain enforceable in a few states, including Ohio....more

Addressing Sale Proceeds In The Face Of Guaranty "Carve-Out" Provisions

Commercial loans to closely held business entities, such as an LLC or partnership, typically include guaranties by the entity’s principal. Sometimes, the guarantor demands a “carve-out” to expressly exempt one or more of the...more

Rogers Towers: The Shell Game: Bankrupt Debtor’s Concealment of Pre-Petition Claims

In commercial lending, as in law, no single practice area exists independently of another. Bankruptcy law often intersects with contract law and even personal injury law when debtors find themselves as the plaintiff or...more

Agencies Re-Propose Rule Implementing Risk Retention Requirements of Dodd-Frank Act

On August 28, 2013, the FDIC, OCC, FRB, SEC, Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Department of Housing and Urban Development (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “revised...more

Stronger NJ Business Loan Program – Helping New Jersey Small Businesses Rebuild and Recover Post-Superstorm Sandy

New Jersey small businesses devastated by Superstorm Sandy now have a new source of economic assistance. Approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on June 11 2013, the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program went...more

A Familiar Shadow: Anticipating CFPB’s Impact On Commercial Lending

The July 2013 issue of the “Mortgage Banking” magazine focuses on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or “CFPB”). The coverline is this: “CFPB – A Powerful New Overseer.”...more

Second Circuit Rules That Payments Made To Purchase Notes Are Exempt from Avoidance Under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held, on June 10, 2013, that payments made by a company to purchase notes issued by an affiliate were transfers made in connection with a “securities contract,” and...more

The Shadow Banking Market: The Shadow Knows

There’s a lot of talk these days about the growth of a shadow banking market. Shadow is right! The growth of the commercial lending market outside of the universe of insured depository institutions and life insurance...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Scott Baena

Scott L. Baena is a senior partner with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami and chairman of the firm's restructuring and bankruptcy group. His practice focuses on creditor's rights, workouts, bankruptcy and...more

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