The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion loan guaranty program established by the CARES Act to provide deferrable, forgivable loans up to $10 million to small business owners addressed in more detail in prior Mayer Brown posts regarding the statutory provisions and the SBA’s Interim Final Rule, launched April 3, 2020. In the initial days after the program launch, hundreds of thousands of applications were submitted, but borrowers and lenders alike continued to have questions about key aspects of the program.

On April 6, 2020, the SBA clarified certain issues in new
Continue Reading

As discussed in a previous post, Section 4003 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, authorizes $500 billion of liquidity to support businesses, states and municipalities “related to losses incurred as a result of coronavirus.”  It can be expected that a portion of the liquidity authorized by Section 4003

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule the evening of April 2 outlining key provisions of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the provisions of the CARES Act relating to loan forgiveness. The rule is effective immediately.

Some highlights of the rule include:

Increase in interest rate. The interest rate on any PPP loan will be
Continue Reading

In a development with potential relevance for leveraged borrowers and, by extension, the CLO market, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provides for liquidity support for both large and mid-size businesses that, unlike the Primary

On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act.  The PPP provides small business with funds to pay payroll costs, including employee benefits.  The funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.  The specific guidance issued included

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. Among other things, the CARES Act creates the “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP), which provides up to $349 billion to expand the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) existing 7(a) loan program to support new loan guarantees and subsidies. The terms of the PPP are described in more detail here.

The CARES Act allows the SBA and the Secretary of the Treasury to authorize additional lenders to make paycheck protection loans if they determine such additional lenders have the necessary qualifications to process, close, disburse and service loans made with the guaranty of the SBA. Details regarding the application process are expected to be provided in the next week. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin publicly stated in an interview with Fox News yesterday that he “expects to have a program up on Friday.”


Continue Reading

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law.

Among other things, the CARES Act creates the “Paycheck Protection Program,” which provides up to $349 billion to expand the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) existing 7(a) loan program to support new loan guarantees and subsidies. Highlights of the program include:
Continue Reading

On January 30, 2020, five federal financial regulatory agencies published the long awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”) to revise certain aspects of the Volcker Rule (Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act) with respect to the treatment of covered funds.  The NPR follows over 2 ½ years of the agencies’ consideration of changes to the Volcker Rule, which was originally prompted by the June 2017 Treasury Report that solicited changes to ease the compliance burden on banks.  The NPR includes several changes
Continue Reading

In this fall edition of our Structured Finance Bulletin, we discuss structuring and legal considerations for multi-jurisdiction trade receivables financing transactions as well as the latest innovations in CLO structures.

We also revisit the European Union securitization regulations and the application in the United Kingdom of the European Union securitization regulations following Brexit and describe the benefits of structuring lending arrangements as repurchase facilities.

Finally, we take a deep dive into the CFPB’s recent proposed debt collection rulemaking and discuss the Japanese risk retention rules and the SEC’s concept release regarding several exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933.


Continue Reading

Transactions in the collateralized loan obligation (“CLO”) market have generally included some form of LIBOR replacement provisions for over a year, stemming from the announcement in July 2017 by Andrew Bailey, the head of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), that the FCA intended to phase out LIBOR in its present form by the end