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ENotes and other electronic loan documentation are now routine in residential mortgage lending and have gained more acceptance in commercial real estate lending. The industry is gradually moving toward the digital transformation of the mortgage lifecycle: application, closing, documentation, notarization, recording, and securitization.
ESIGN and UETA establish the legality of electronic records and signatures. MERS provides a platform for filing and tracking transfers of "control" of real estate notes from one party to another. However, electronic documents must comply with the UCC and recording statutes (which might require a paper original of the mortgage) and other applicable state laws.
If litigation ensues surrounding electronic loan documents, counsel must understand and address enforceability, authentication, and admissibility issues of electronic communications and e-signatures.
Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the use of eNotes and electronic loan documentation in commercial and residential mortgage lending. The program will also examine legal and practical issues regarding transferability, UCC perfection, the authentication of electronic signatures, and the admissibility of electronic communications and e-signatures in litigation.
The information will review the current cyberrisks which all participants in construction, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects and vendors are exposed to, including such problems as ransom ware and theft of data. You will learn about which contract clauses can be used or modified to avoid or limit contractual risks due to cybercrime or cyberterrorism. You will also learn about the use of insurance to control risk. There will be a scenario discussed for which you can test how you can apply the lessons learned in this content.
When purchasing a hotel, counsel must advise clients that the due diligence must include analysis of the physical assets associated with the property (i.e., the hotel structures, parking, systems, equipment, and inventories), as well as the operating business conducted at the hotel facility and the relevant markets and environment.
When developing a proposed acquisition price, the buyer must make assumptions about future market conditions and the hotel's performance within that market. A discounted cash flow on stabilized operating projections will reflect these assumptions. Thus, a preliminary business plan must reflect assumptions as to physical facilities and condition, management, affiliation, and other factors to assess the potential acquisition realistically.
In today's market, the time allotted for due diligence, deposits going non-refundable, and closing has been significantly compressed. All sophisticated buyers know they must act quickly. Counsel should assist in coordinating the due diligence team and start the process as soon as possible. Counsel should also coordinate with clients to prioritize and push critical areas of due diligence to identify and evaluate potential deal-breakers early.
Many buyers do not focus enough on seller representations and warranties--even with significant disclaimers in the purchase agreement. Diligent preparation can flush out critical physical and operational hotel issues that only a seller or its management company would understand. Even if the seller is unwilling to make a specific representation and warranty on a particular condition, focusing on the issue upfront will help frame the buyer's post-signing due diligence.
Likewise, indemnification clauses are not a haven for buyers. The language is typically inadequate to protect a buyer from additional costs avoidable with proper due diligence. Indemnification generally applies only for breaches of representations and warranties, and if the seller limits or qualifies its representations and warranties, the indemnification provision may not be triggered.
Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the legal concerns in hotel acquisition and due diligence, conducting a proper investigation, and evaluating the data to provide the buyer with more alternatives, lower costs, and negotiating power to deal with the issues.