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Step Aside, Payday Loans: There’s an Old Kid in Town

by Reed Smith on

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of bills of sale, a somewhat antiquated form of security, in relation to individuals raising finance secured against a car they own: the logbook loan. This...more

The End of LIBOR: What’s Next for Lenders and Borrowers?

by Liskow & Lewis on

According to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, will be phased out and abandoned by the end of 2021. This phase out will put lenders and borrowers in a tricky situation as...more

Arrangement Fee Clauses in German Loan Agreements ruled invalid by German Federal Court

by Dechert LLP on

The German Federal Court issued a series of groundbreaking rulings on July 4, 2017. Arrangement fee clauses in German law loan agreements are invalid if they are included in general terms and conditions set by the lender....more

Double Trouble—Is Black Sky Capital Blue Skies for Lenders?

by Perkins Coie on

An annoying question for lenders is whether or not a lender can enforce two loans to the same borrower and secured by the same property. The nagging issue is usually raised when a lender makes (1) a first loan and an...more

Employee Loan Or Compensation?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone recognizes the importance of debt financing to a business. The business needs liquidity to purchase or improve assets, or to pay expenses. It borrows the necessary funds from an institutional lender that requires...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $1.5 Billion Malpractice Claim Filed by Lenders Against Borrower's Law Firm Because it Owed...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Oakland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Mayer Brown, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11522, ___ F.3d ___ (7th Cir. 2017) - Brief Summary - Plaintiffs filed a putative class action against the defendant, a law firm that represented a...more

Oil & Gas Rights and CMBS Servicing—Transfer Considerations

Question: The borrower pledged oil and gas rights related to the collateral property to the lender. The borrower has notified the servicer that it would like to sell these oil and gas rights. Can the lender approve the lease...more

The Current CMBS Experience – And a Path Forward

by Alston & Bird on

The CMBS industry is not attracting repeat borrowers in sufficient numbers and must improve the performing borrower experience if it’s to survive. Our Finance Group presents the results of our survey of players in the CMBS...more

Refinancing the Borrower through an Assignment and Assumption: When, Why, and How

by Blank Rome LLP on

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Jason I. Miller introduces the assignment and assumption structure and its benefits, discusses the factors a lender can use to determine whether it is ultimately a beneficial strategy to...more

Thinking outside the box: the basics of Unrestricted Subsidiaries

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 5 - We are often asked by clients whether an "Unrestricted Subsidiary" can be used to complete a transaction which may not otherwise be permitted by their high-yield notes...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Adopts "Substantial Competent Evidence" Requirement for Borrowers Asserting "True Value" Defense in...

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On Friday, May 5, 2017, in a major victory for lenders, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals’s decision in United Community Bank v. Wolfe. In July 2015, the Court of Appeals decided in...more

Setting the right agenda for TLBs

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 4 - As cov-lite/cov-loose TLB enjoys its time in the spotlight in 2017, sponsors, borrowers, banks and advisors continue to focus on the key areas to consider when planning...more

The ABCs of Fund Finance: Credit Facilities for Secondaries Funds and Funds of Funds

by Dechert LLP on

Private equity funds raised the second-highest level of capital for investments in secondary private equity interests in 2016. According to Preqin, 19 funds secured $23 billion in investor capital.1 This level was surpassed...more

Discharge In Bankruptcy Without Reaffirmation Is Not A Shield And A Sword

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Many borrowers use bankruptcy as a shield against a lender’s foreclosure action. Some also try to use bankruptcy as a sword to bring up defenses that stem from the mortgage contract to defeat a foreclosure. A recent second...more

Stored Materials: Finding Common Ground between Borrower and Lender

Stored materials present a potentially serious point of tension between lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of a construction loan agreement. In construction lending, the term “stored materials” refers to the materials...more

Are Too Many Eggs in One Basket?

by Ruder Ware on

In the last two weeks, 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers were notified by their dairy that it could not accept their milk. The dairy and its farmer suppliers are caught in a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered” milk....more

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court: Contractual Waivers of Civil Jury Trial Are Enforceable

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last year the Wisconsin Court of Appeals threw businesses a curveball when it held that a contractual waiver of the right to a jury trial was unenforceable. The holding of the case, Parsons v. Associated Banc-Corp., 2016...more

Contingencies in Construction Budgets: Lenders’ and Borrowers’ Perspectives

As any builder will tell you, it is impossible to know with certainty the exact amount a project is going to cost. Variables affecting the cost run the gamut from labor and material costs to delays for unforeseen conditions,...more

The Hague Securities Convention – I. Lending Against Securities in the U.S. After April 1, 2017

The Hague Securities Convention, which goes into effect in the United States on April 1, 2017, will have significant impact on the law applied to all transactions – past and future – collateralized by securities held by an...more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

South Carolina Consumer Finance Division Issues Guidance on Attorney/Insurance Agent Preference Requirements

by Alston & Bird on

On February 27, 2017, the South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions, Consumer Finance Division issued guidance on the attorney and insurance agent borrower preference requirements, which require a creditor to ascertain...more

2016-2017 Arizona Case Law and Legislative Developments Affecting Commercial Real Estate and Lending

Pending Arizona Legislation – GPLET Transactions - House Bill 2213, which recently passed the Arizona House by a 50-9 margin, would impose a number of restrictions on Arizona’s GPLET program. The GPLET statute was...more

Can a Lender’s Failure to Provide a Promised Refinancing be an Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practice?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

When a borrower asserts an alleged violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 against a lender, the claim often presents a familiar fact pattern. Frequently, the borrower alleges that the lender promised to refinance or modify the...more

Take It or Leave It

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently found that a “take or leave it offer” extended by a lender to a borrower experiencing financial difficulty was not duress. SK Food Corp., et al. v. FirstBank, No....more

Explanation of J. Crew “back-door” provision and proposal for how lenders might address this in their documentation.

by King & Spalding on

Recently, J. Crew used a “back-door” provision in its credit facility to transfer approximately $250 million worth of intellectual property (“IP”) to an unrestricted subsidiary with the aim of borrowing against the...more

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