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TL;DR: The Feds on SVB and Deposit Insurance Reform
The Federal Reserve recently published a whopping 118-page review of the failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), and three days later the FDIC published a 75-page report outlining several ideas to reform our deposit insurance system. We know you are b...
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Paperclips and Staples: “Affixing” Allonges under the UCC
In the age of digital transactions and DocuSign, the importance of lenders storing and maintaining original loan documents has waned. But exceptions persist. In a recent decision, the Washington Court of Appeals (Division I) outlined one of the remai...
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Supreme Court Limits the Ability to Discharge Debts Obtained by Fraud
The discharge provided in bankruptcy is fundamental, allowing the “honest but unfortunate” debtor a fresh start. There are various exceptions to the discharge found in Sections 523 and 727 of the Bankruptcy Code—designed to prevent the discharge of d...
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FedNow—The Fed Announces Launch Timeline and Pricing
The Federal Reserve’s long-awaited new payment system, FedNow, will be here and available to financial institutions sooner than we expected. In fact, many organizations have already been participating in the FedNow Pilot Program, including a num...
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Sales under the Oregon Receivership Code as an Alternative to Foreclosure
Commercial loan documents typically include provisions granting a lender the right to obtain appointment of a receiver following a loan default. Historically, these provisions were most often used by lenders to put in place a receiver to collect rent...
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Federal Regulators Continue to Encourage Special Purpose Credit Programs
In a recent interagency statement, the federal banking regulators highlighted the availability of Special Purpose Credit Programs (SPCPs) as a tool for financial institutions to expand access to credit for underserved communities. The industry has al...
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