Theano Manolopoulou

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In this second and last part of this series (click here for Part 1) we discuss the changes to Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code of the State of New York (the “NYUCC”), as recently amended by Chapter 505 of the New York Assembly Session Laws of 2014 (the “Act”) and the pitfalls to beware of given differences between the NYUCC, as amended, and those recommended amendments by the National Commissioners…
New York is the jurisdiction of choice for a majority of international and interstate financial transactions. Thus, lending lawyers and their clients should pay special attention to Chapter 505 of the New York Assembly Session Laws of 2014 (the “Act”), which amends the Uniform Commercial Code of the State of New York (the “NYUCC”). Over the past decade, various scholars and practicing attorneys had expressed concerns that the NYUCC was outdated. In response to such…
Banks play an important business role in the physical commodities sector by providing the much needed access to capital and related risk management, including through: • extension of credit; • project finance; • market making and liquidity; • risk management and hedging; and • fostering competition. These services are especially important to small and medium-sized companies that do not have the in-house cash flows, expertise or risk management capabilities of their larger competitors.…
“Never blindly rely on forms and boilerplate terms – negotiating contracts is much more than just defending forms, even if you’re dealing with a “repeat” transaction“. In my few months as a secondee with Reed Smith’s Houston office, this is some of the best advise I’ve received from the partners with whom I work. The issue of deficiency offset waivers in connection with foreclosure proceedings, as demonstrated by Moayedi v. Interstate 35 / Chisam Road…
It’s been a busy Christmas and New Year’s season for US regulators. After three years of work, the Federal Reserve Board announced in mid-December that five federal agencies have issued final rules to implement section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Volcker Rule”), which is intended to limit proprietary trading by banks. But their job was hardly done. US regulators came back to work after the holiday to find…
They say that the early bird catches the worm and it seems that courts in the US definitely agree. A recent decision by a court of appeals in Philadelphia could serve as a wakeup call for any noteholders or issuers and servicers that might have claims to bring in relation to, respectively, the disclosure of risks in offering materials or the valuation of underlying assets that they need to be diligent with regard to their…
Last week’s new Debussy DTC/Toys’R’Us CMBS transaction , which we were happily involved in, has sparked media attention as a sign of recovery of investors’ faith in the European securitisation markets. It also demonstrated investor demands to address some of the structural issues that had arisen in the original Vanwall securitisation as well as other legacy CMBS transactions. This new CMBS incorporates many of the features based on a set of guidelines drawn up by…
It’s been a year since I joined the structured finance team. I can’t believe it went by so fast. A year of learning and moving forward. Downgrades, liquidity drawings and agent replacements in the summer, noteholder meetings in autumn, covered bonds and refinancing of old CMBS deals in the new year. Inevitably, this one year mark makes me think how much I’ve changed, and how much I’ve learned in the process. It also makes me…
On 28 January the competent authority for supervising securities in Greece, the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC), made use of its powers of intervention in exceptional circumstances and decided to introduce yet another emergency measure under Article 20 of Regulation No 236/2012, also known as the EU Short Selling Regulation. As defined in the Regulation, short selling consists in the sale of securities that the seller does not own, with the intention of buying back…
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision announced yesterday that it had finalised the rules for the Liquidity Coverage Ratio or LCR i.e. the main mechanic for regulating liquidity in the Basel III package of reforms. The LCR requires that a bank hold a sufficient stock of “High Quality Liquid Assets” to meet its net cash outflows in a hypothetical stress scenario. The rules set out the parameters for the stress scenario, the calculation of the…