COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SECURITY MOUNTING A POST-CRISIS COMEBACK IN U.S.
A Wall Street financial instrument that amplified losses during the U.S. property-bubble collapse is seeing a revival, Bloomberg News reported today. A specialty finance lender backed by private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital on Friday sold $209 million of commercial mortgage bonds tied to 31 properties. Underwriter Deutsche Bank AG called it a "middle market intermediate-term commercial real estate" deal. Moody's Investors Service used a title more familiar to Wall Street: a commercial real estate collateralized loan obligation (CRE CLO). These instruments, which flourished under a similar name before the financial crisis, are making a comeback as specialty lenders look for new ways to fund a real estate market that's facing $1 trillion of maturing debt over the next three years. The underlying collateral is less risky than the kind backing securities that collapsed amid a wave of mortgage defaults in the credit crisis, according to analysts. Morgan Stanley says that around $5 billion of CRE CLOs could be sold this year through 15 transactions, compared with eight such deals in 2013. "While the envelope is getting pushed a bit, levels and structure remain healthy -- significantly better than pre-crisis levels," said Ed Shugrue, chief executive officer of Talmage LLC, which manages $1.2 billion mainly in commercial real estate. Read more.
CORINTHIAN COLLAPSE RENEWS CALLS FOR LOAN FORGIVENESS
Student advocates and lawmakers are renewing calls for loan forgiveness after Corinthian Colleges’ announcement Sunday that it will close its remaining 28 campuses enrolling 16,000 students, Collections & Credit Risk reported today. Lawmakers including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in the wake of the closings, asked the Department of Education and major federal loan servicers to ensure that Corinthian students know their options for financial relief. The closings mark a quick end to what had been a steady dismantling of one of the country's largest for-profit schools. Corinthian's network of for-profit schools once included 100 campuses across the U.S., with about 74,000 students enrolled. But last summer the Education Department intervened in the company’s operations, cutting off Corinthian's access to federal student loans, without which it could not survive. It was an unprecedented move that followed allegations that Corinthian falsified graduation statistics, inflated job numbers and abused the student lending process. Since then the school has been winding down its operations. The government previously struck a deal with ECMC Group, allowing the student debt guarantor to acquire some of Corinthian's campuses. ECMC then agreed to wipe out $480 million in debt to avoid any liability for Corinthian's alleged illegal activity. Read more.
HOUSE HEARING TOMORROW EXAMINES THE "FAIRNESS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ACT OF 2015"
The House Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET to examine H.R. 1927, the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015." The bill would reform class action rules so that classes are made up of members with the same type and extent of injury. Those with less injury could still join class actions, but must do so separately from parties who suffered greater harm. Witnesses will include John H. Beisner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Mark A. Behrens of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Prof. Alexandra D. Lahav of the University of Connecticut School of Law and Andrew J. Trask of McQuire Woods. For prepared witness testimony, please click here.
THURSDAY: BLOOMBERG AND ABI’S "EYE ON BANKRUPTCY" WEBINAR EXAMINES LEADING BANKRUPTCY OPINIONS FROM JANUARY TO MARCH
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NEW CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: RIVERA V. BANK OF AMERICA (5TH CIR.)
Summarized by Aaron Kaufman of Dykema Cox Smith
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment in favor of the mortgage lender. The four-year statute of limitations to foreclose on a residential real property after first accelerating the note did not bar the foreclosure in this case. The lender's foreclosure action in 2013, despite an initial notice of acceleration in 2004, was not time-barred under Texas law because the lender accepted payment from the borrower in 2006. Thus, the 2004 notice of acceleration was abandoned by the lender, and the lender's right to foreclose at a later time was restored for purposes of its subsequent notice of default and acceleration in 2010.
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NEW ON ABI'S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT REJECTS THE "PONZI SCHEME PRESUMPTION" IN CONNECTION WITH THE UNIFORM FRADULENT TRANSFER ACT
Rejecting the reasoning of a number of opinions by federal courts, a recent blog post reported that the Minnesota Supreme Court has held in a recent case that the "Ponzi Scheme Presumption" does not apply to claims brought under the Minnesota Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (MUFTA).
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