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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.

 

July 26, 2019
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Raighne Delaney continues his series on Equity. In part two, he shares insights into the substance of equity - what equity can do.

July 18, 2019
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Raighne Delaney shares his insights into "What is Equity" - it's history, procedure within the law, and who it applies to.

Timing IS Everything When Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds

We have now received our second round of regulations interpreting Section 1400z-2, also known as the investment in Opportunity Zones section of the Internal Revenue Code. In our previous posts, we have provided background and tracked important developments with the program. Now and in future posts, we will highlight finer points that stakeholders should be aware of when considering the program.