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President's Memorandum to the Secretary of Treasury Defers Payroll Tax Obligations for Four Months

On August 8, President Donald J. Trump, signed the memorandum (the President’s Memorandum) directing the Secretary of Treasury to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the 6.2 percent payroll tax during the period of September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 for wages less than $4,000 during any bi-weekly pay period (i.e., $104,000 annually) on a pre-tax basis. The Department of the Treasury is expected to provide additional guidance later in August.

Beyond PPP - Financing Options for the Restaurant Industry

The Small Business Administration administered Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll, will stop receiving new applications on August 8, 2020. Franchisees and independent restaurant operators would be well advised to now consider financing alternatives in light of the impending PPP application deadline.

COVID Impact on GovCon Deals in 2020

This year has been fraught with global health concerns for everyone and financial burdens on businesses and individuals. But, has the government contracting space been impacted as well or is it business as usual? According to data reported on mergr.com, the number of closed mergers and acquisitions deals in the government contracting industry in the first half 2020 was down 14%, compared to the first half 2019. The average reported deal value was $594 million, while the average reported enterprise value (EV) to revenue ratio was 4.9x.

4 Tips for Pursuing Principal Forgiveness of a PPP Loan

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) has been a highly popular relief program for small businesses passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPP allows small businesses to obtain government-backed loans from private lenders which, if spent properly on payroll, rent, utilities and/or mortgage interest, can be all or partially forgiven. Over the last month, small businesses have been hastily flocking to lenders to obtain loans from the limited pool of funding, and lenders have been diligently working to properly review, document, and fund the loan requests. Up to this point, there has been little instruction from the SBA regarding the mechanics of the loan forgiveness feature that is soon to become a critical phase at the “back end” of the program.

COVID-19 Economic Relief Investigations: They Will Expose Some Businesses to Civil Liability

The initial rounds of COVID-19 economic relief have largely been depleted. More rounds of relief are expected soon. Further out, there will be investigations and follow-on civil (and criminal) proceedings surrounding this largest-ever economic stimulus package in U.S. history, with almost $350 billion going to small businesses.

Online Board Meetings – What to Know When Social-Distancing Requires Your Meetings to Go Virtual

Many corporations and LLCs that have traditionally held in-person shareholder and board meetings are looking for alternatives during the social distancing required for COVID-19. Fortunately, corporate and LLC governance statutes in most states, including Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and DC allow for meetings to be held remotely, if some special considerations are followed.

Paycheck Protection Loans under the CARES Act: What Do Lenders Need to Know?

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) became law in the United States. Among other things, the CARES Act provides relief to certain businesses in the form of “paycheck protection loans” through what the Act calls the Paycheck Protection Program (the “Program”). These loans are to be administered under Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act through the network of Small Business Administration (“SBA”) qualified lending institutions. 

October 29, 2019
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Ownership Interests in an LLC - The Options are Endless!

Limited liability companies are entities chartered by the states, that are governed by a contract – typically called an Operating Agreement – among the owners. As a result, the owners/members of the LLC have great flexibility in creating the entity exactly like they want (purple unicorns!), but this can also result in important governance provisions to be forgotten.  

September 18, 2019
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Do You Really Need a Letter of Intent?

Letter of Intent, Term Sheet, Indication of Interest, and LOI – what do these all mean? These are actually different terms for fundamentally the same thing: a document that describes the terms of a future transaction. Each has a different style and has specific terms about the proposed transaction, and each can be helpful to document the future transaction.

August 5, 2019
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Raighne Delaney concludes his series on Equity. In part three, he shares insights into what equity will not do.