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Eleventh Circuit Holds Arbitration Clause Unenforceable Due to Unavailability of Arbitral Forum

The Eleventh Circuit recently held in Parm v. National Bank of California, that a payday lender’s arbitration clause was unenforceable because the forum selected was unavailable and no alternative forum was provided for.The...more

SEC Busts Apollo for Disclosure and Supervisory Failures

The SEC charged four private equity fund advisers affiliated with Apollo Global Management for misleading fund investors about fees and a loan agreement and failing to supervise a senior partner who charged personal expenses...more

Lender under no duty to advise borrower about onerous term in loan agreement

A lender did not owe a contractual or tortious duty to advise a borrower about a potentially onerous clause in a loan agreement. The clause in question made the borrower liable for the lender’s hedging break costs if the...more

Brexit: Brexit and loan agreements

Summary – the key things you need to know - - The Brexit vote is likely to have little immediate legal impact on most current finance agreements. It would be unlikely, for example, that a lender could call a typical...more

Increasing litigation in Spain regarding abusive clauses in mortgage loans

There is a growing tendency in recent years for borrowers in Spain to file claims alleging that certain provisions included in their mortgage loans are abusive or unfair. In addition, there is a very strong trend in Spanish...more

Default Interest -The Doctrine of Penalties Revisited

Recent developments in the law of penalties mean that lenders should carefully review how their default interest provisions operate and whether the amount claimed as default interest can be justified as a genuine pre-estimate...more

Real estate finance transactions and valuation uncertainty – an unhelpful trigger?

The outcome of the EU referendum has put valuers in an unenviable position. The RICS Red Book requires a valuer to identify a situation where a reduced level of certainty should be attached to their valuation (VPGA 9 –...more

Grant of Security May Be Avoided as a Transaction at an Undervalue?

The recent case of Encus International Pte Ltd v Tenacious Investment Pte Ltd & Ors [2016] SGHC 50 (Singapore, High Court, 31 March 2016) has implications for lenders which are especially pertinent in the face of the current...more

Vermont federal district court rules CFPA does not provide private right of action for alleged usurious loans; denies motion to...

A Vermont federal district court recently issued a decision ruling on the defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action involving allegations that an online tribal lending venture violated federal and state law because of...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Borrower’s TILA Claims Are Subject to Agreement’s Forum Selection Clause

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a borrower’s Truth-in-Lending-Act (“TILA”) claim fell within the scope of a loan agreement’s forum selection clause. Stiles v. Bankers Healthcare Grp., Inc., ___ Fed....more

First Department Finds Forum Selection Clause in Earlier Agreement Valid Despite Later Agreement Providing for Arbitration

In a 3-2 split decision, a New York appellate court determined that a forum selection clause providing for litigation in New York courts had not been explicitly terminated and thus trumped agreements to submit to arbitration...more

Class Actions and the Continued Significance of Arbitration Agreements

The recently released Carlton Fields 2016 Class Action Survey reports that class actions are up for the first time in four years. While data privacy class actions still make up a relatively small portion of class action...more

New Blocks on Enforcements of Share Mortgages

The new UK legislation introducing PSC registers has created the potential for a new block on enforcement of share mortgages. A UK company can now cause mischief by issuing a “restriction notice”. This has the effect of...more

Termination Of Credit Agreements — Not Always Straightforward

Whether a bank may validly terminate a credit agreement, even on the basis of a contractually agreed termination provision, is often not straightforward and depends on the type of borrower, the availability of alternative...more

New decision on bank’s duties re interest rate swaps

The 11th senate of the German Federal Supreme Court again had to deal with the duties of a bank recommending interest rate swap agreements. In this context, the German Federal Supreme Court re-affirmed on 22 March 2016 – XI...more

Ontario Court Addresses Debt Re-Characterization Argument in CCAA Proceeding

On February 29, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision in the ongoing insolvency proceeding of U. S. Steel Canada Inc. (USSC). Two principal issues were addressed by the Court. First, whether amounts...more

Supreme Court Clarifies that Loans are to be Considered Part of the Defendant’s Assets for the Purposes of a Standard Form...

Case: JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2015] UKSC 64 Introduction - A freezing order is an interim injunction that prevents a party to litigation from dealing with their assets until judgment (and on occasion, after...more

Financial information and set-off requirements under the FIDIC Red Book

The Privy Council’s recent judgment in NH International (Caribbean) Limited v National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago) provides a rare example of a common law court interpreting specific...more

A word of caution: does your prepayment indemnity clause work?

The High Court decision in K/S Preston Street v Santander [2012] EWHC 1633 and the more recent decision in Barnett Waddington v RBS [2015] EWHC 2435 highlight the importance of careful drafting of prepayment indemnity clauses...more

Report on Impact of IFRS 16 Leases on Financial Covenants in Loan Agreements

On December 9, 2015, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) published a feedback report relating to a public survey undertaken by EFRAG and others in July 2015 aiming to understand the effects of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Federal Housing Administration Announces New Loan Limits for 2016 - On December 9, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration ("FHA") announced its schedule of loan limits for the 2016 calendar year. The new schedule,...more

Borrowers Not Liable For Lender's Costs Of Unwinding An Internal Hedge Upon Pre-Payment Of Loan

A lender's internal interest rate swap was not a "funding transaction" under the terms of a loan agreement. This meant that the borrowers were not liable to pay the costs of unwinding the internal swap in the event they...more

An Individual Lender's Rights Under A Syndicated Loan

The traditional view of a syndicated loan has always been that an individual lender can take action to recover its share of the loan when due unless it is expressly prohibited from doing so. Unfortunately, a Hong Kong court...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

When a portfolio company underperforms, a sponsor may consider various options to address the perceived performance issues, including changes to a portfolio company’s management team, cost structure, capital structure or...more

CFPB Online Loan Suit Sent to California

In the most recent development in the CFPB’s two-year-old lawsuit alleging unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices by several online lenders, on September 23, 2015, Massachusetts U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, Jr.,...more

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