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Commercial Lending Today
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Why You Should Attend

Get current on the latest developments in the turbulent field of commercial lending. In this annual, advanced course of study, we will cover:

Proposed revisions to the UCC

Recommended and necessary modifications to commercial loan documents

Workout strategies, and

A look into the future of bankruptcy and insolvency practice


In addition, the ever-popular Commercial Law Developments portion of this course will enable you to understand how various recent court decisions will affect your clients.

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What You Will Learn

This accredited CLE course from ALI CLE, composed of more than 12 hours of instruction, including one full hour of CLE ethics, continues the consolidated presentation of two former highly regarded annual ALI CLE programs, Commercial Lending and Banking Law and The UCC and Beyond.


This course offers the best of both of those programs. Featuring an outstanding national faculty with a strong practical background, you will benefit from their unparalleled experience in developing and drafting the new laws and in guiding major banks and other lenders through some of the most significant transactions and controversies in the industry.


This course provides valuable tools for practitioners needing to keep current with the substantive developments in secured lending as affected by the UCC and other applicable commercial law and key issues in insolvency law.


Get up-to-date on:

Amendments to UCC Article 9; Transition Issues; and Practice/Tips for Modifying Documents in Response to Amendments

Commercial Law Developments-Case Law Review

Refreshing your Loan Documents

Tips for Drafting Collateral Descriptions, Searching, and Filing

Security Interests and Control Issues in Investment Property and Deposit Accounts

Proceeds of Collateral Issues

Intersection of UCC and LLC Law

Recent Developments in Opinion Letter Practice

Ethical Issues in Commercial Lending (one hour)

Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers

Workout Strategies for Secured Creditors and Investors in Chapter 11 and Other Insolvency Proceedings

Bankruptcy & Insolvency: A Look into the Future


The faculty includes Reporters and members of the Drafting Committees for various recent revisions and amendments of the UCC, Uniform Law Commissioners, as well as others who have contributed significantly to the drafting process. The faculty also includes speakers with special expertise in newly developing issues and problems.


At the same time that legislative action (including Dodd-Frank) is changing the face of commercial law, courts continue to change the rules as well. One session is devoted to a look into the future of various bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Another session will offer specific tips for modifying commercial loan documents in the context of recent changes in the law and the interpretation thereof.


Course materials are tied closely to the realities of practice in this ever-changing area of the law. Registrant participation in the discussions following each presentation is encouraged, and time is reserved for questions and answers.

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys and other legal professionals who need to stay current with the latest developments in commercial law and commercial lending should attend this accredited continuing legal education program from ALI CLE.

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Planning Chairs

(also on faculty)

Patrick A. Guida, Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd., Providence, Rhode Island

Harry C. Sigman, Law Office of Harry C. Sigman, Los Angeles

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Peter J. Benvenutti, Jones Day, San Francisco

Henry S. Bryans, Aon Risk Management Services, Radnor, Pennsylvania

Peter H. Carson, Bingham McCutchen LLP, San Francisco

Neil B. Cohen, Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn; Research Director, Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code

Jeffrey H. Davidson, Stutman Treister & Glatt, Los Angeles

Teresa Wilton Harmon, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago

Steven L. Harris, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago

Kenneth N. Klee, Professor of Law. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles; Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, Los Angeles

Daniel S. Kleinberger, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Pamela J. Martinson, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto and Los Angeles, California

Sandra M. Rocks, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York

Edwin E. Smith, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston and New York

Peter S. Szurley, Chapman and Cutler, San Francisco

Steven O. Weise, Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles


ALI CLE Program Attorney: Kevin O’Connor (

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Program Schedule

Thursday, May 2, 2013

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55 a.m. Administrative Remarks – ALI CLE Staff


9:00 a.m. Course Overview – Messrs. Guida and Sigman

9:15 a.m. Amendments to UCC Article 9: Transition Issues; Tips for Modifying Documents and Practice in Response to the Amendments – Professors Cohen and Harris and Messrs. Sigman and Smith

10:30 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. Commercial Law Developments – Ms. Harmon and Mr. Weise

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break


1:45 p.m. Refresh Your Loan Documents for 2013: Tips for Updating your Documents - Messrs. Carson and Szurley and Ms. Martinson

2:45 p.m. Tips for Drafting Collateral Descriptions, Searching and Filing - Professor Cohen and Mr. Sigman

3:15 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. Current Issues regarding Security Interests/Control Issues in Investment Property/Deposit Accounts – Ms. Rocks and Mr. Smith

4:30 p.m. Intersection of UCC and LLC Law – Professors Cohen and Kleinberger and Messrs. Smith and Weise

5:15 p.m. Adjournment for the Day; Networking Reception for Registrants and Faculty


Friday, May 3, 2013

8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast


8:45 a.m. Recent Developments in Opinion Letters – Messrs. Guida and Weise and Mss. Harmon and Rocks

9:45 a.m. Ethical Issues in Commercial Lending Transactions – Messrs. Bryans and Smith and Ms. Rocks

10:45 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. Proceeds Issues – Mss. Harmon and Martinson and Mr. Weise

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break


1:45 p.m. Hot Topics in Avoidance Powers – Professor Klee and Messrs. Davidson, Smith, and Weise

2:45 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. Workout Strategies for Secured Creditors and Investors in Chapter 11 and Other Insolvency Proceedings – Professor Klee and Messrs. Benvenutti and Davidson

4:10 p.m. A Look into the Future: Ideas for Change in Chapter 11; Orderly Liquidation Authority in Title II of Dodd-Frank; Chapter 14; the Hoover Alternative; the ABI (American Bankruptcy Institute) Initiative – Professor Klee and Mr. Smith

5:00 p.m. Adjournment


Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 12.5, including one hour of ethics and professional responsibility issues

15 CPE credit hours in Business (live group and group internet based program)

Suggested Prerequisite: Substantial experience in legal practice in subject matter

Educational Objective: Maintenance of professional competence as a practitioner; Provision of information on recent legal developments; Development of proficiency in performance of intricate and complex legal tasks within a narrow area

Level of Instruction: Advanced

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:
The speakers were very knowledgeable and insightful. Excellent course!  - 2013 course registrant

 “Really liked the intersection of bankruptcy and commercial law – they are intrinsic to one another!”

“This course of study should be required for any attorney involved in the area of commercial lending.”

”The intercreditor discussion was probably the best primer on intercreditor issues that I’ve ever came across.”

“Speakers were all excellent. There was a good mix of national attorneys giving a good view of the topic.”

“Great course material and presentations. “

”The course materials are very good and the presenters were all well prepared and extremely knowledgeable about their specific topics.”

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