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Commercial Lending Opinion Letters: Rights, Obligations and Expectations

Understand the proper role of the legal opinion and develop techniques to minimize or eliminate unnecessary and wasteful contention.

Commercial lenders routinely require a borrower's lawyer to deliver a legal opinion at the closing of the loan transaction. The borrower has to pay for this but rarely believes that the exercise provides any benefit to the borrower. If the legal opinion is not negotiated until the end of the transaction, or if the borrower's lawyer and the lender's lawyer cannot agree on some element of the opinion, it often becomes a sticking point at the last minute, exacerbating the borrower's frustration. How should a borrower's lawyer deal with the opinion requirement to ensure that the process is handled efficiently and (relatively) inexpensively? This topic will help lawyers who engage in financing transactions - both on the lenders' and borrowers' side - understand the proper role of the legal opinion and develop techniques to minimize or, hopefully, eliminate unnecessary and wasteful contention over the issues that can arise if the process is not handled intelligently.

Runtime: 91 minutes
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Agenda

Overview

  • Why Are Closing Opinions Requested?
  • What Issues Should Closing Opinions Address?
  • What Does the Lender Really Need?
  • What Can the Borrower's Lawyer Really Provide?

Issues Covered by Most Closing Opinions

  • Entity Issues
    • Formation, Legal Existence and Good Standing
    • Power of Entity to Engage in Transaction
    • Absence of Conflict With Organic Documents
    • Due Authorization, Execution and Deliver
    • Government Approvals Required by Borrower
    • Violations of Applicable Law Resulting From Financing Transaction
  • Validity, Binding Effect and Enforceability of Financing Documents
    • Standard CarveOuts for Bankruptcy and Other Creditors' Rights and Equitable Principles
    • Laundry Lists of Other CarveOuts
    • "Practical Realization" Opinions
  • Factual Opinions
    • Conflicts With Borrower's Other Legal Obligations
    • Violations of Court Decrees or Orders Binding on Borrower
    • Pending Proceedings Against Borrower
    • Threats of Legal Proceedings Against Borrower

Specific Issues Covered by Some Closing Opinions

  • Usury
  • Perfection of Uniform Commercial Code Security Interests
  • Effect of Real Estate Mortgages/Deeds of Trust and Assignment of Leases
  • Substantive Consolidation
  • True Sale
  • Investment Company Act
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This course was last revised on November 28, 2018.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Alan S. Dubin

Arent Fox LLP

  • Partner with Arent Fox, LLP, Washington, DC (since 1986)
  • Practice emphasizes financing transactions of all kinds, including cash-flow lending, real estate lending, asset based lending, equipment financing, and leveraged acquisition lending
  • Mr. Dubin regularly conducts seminars and workshops about financing transactions, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and closing opinions
  • Author of several articles on various commercial law issues
  • Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University Law School, teaching Secured Transactions
  • University of Rochester, BA (History and Political Science)
  • J.D. degree, Order of the Coif,George Washington University Law School
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 202-857-6042
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Product ID: 404478
Published 2018
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