Business and Corporate

The U.S. Supreme Court offered some good news to secured lenders last week, tempered with words of caution.  In Chicago v. Fulton, the Court held that a secured creditor does not violate Section 362(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code by merely continuing to hold property of its debtor after that debtor files a bankruptcy petition. 

On October 16, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law Senate Bill 33 amending the Louisiana Business Corporation Act (LBCA) in several areas.

Remote Shareholder Meetings (La. R.S. 12:1-709)

The new law, which became Act No. 3 of the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session, allows for meetings of shareholders to be held solely by means

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  On April 24, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act which provided additional funding. On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an update to its “Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers for the Paycheck Protection Program,” adding question #46 and the response, which is recited below.  For PPP loans of less than $2 million, the borrower will be “deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of

In addition to certain entities, independent contractors, sole proprietors and “eligible self-employed individuals” may be eligible to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan under the CARES Act.

What is an eligible self-employed individual? It is important to note that the statute did not refer to “self-employed individuals” which would have been very easy for

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor Edwards announced the availability of a new state-led loan program to provide loans to Louisiana small businesses in response to COVID-19. The Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program (“LPGP”) is a partnership of the Louisiana Economic Development (“LED”), the Louisiana Bankers Association (“LBA”) and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (“LPFA”).

On March 26, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards issued Emergency Proclamation 37 JBE 2020 (the “Proclamation”) providing certain measures intended to aid Louisiana businesses in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, including a temporary suspension of the statutory requirement that Louisiana corporations notice and hold annual and special shareholder meetings at a physical location.

Generally,

Keenly aware of the enormous impact COVID-19 is having on small businesses throughout the country, in response, the Congress approved and on March 27, 2020, the President signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the “CARES Act”).  The CARES Act is intended, in part, to provide small businesses some much needed