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Marc L. Hamroff, Robert S. Cohen & Julia Gavrilov Featured Speakers At ELFA 2021 Virtual Legal Forum LIVE!

Marc L. Hamroff, Robert S. Cohen, and Julia Gavrilov, all members of MH&H’s Secured Finance and Equipment Leasing (SL&EF) practice area, will be participating as moderators or panelists for sessions at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Legal Forum LIVE! on May 4-5, 2021.

Marc Hamroff will be serving both as moderator and a presenter for a panel discussion entitled “What Are the Courts Doing during the Pandemic?  A Look at Creditors Rights, Bankruptcy, and Workouts during These Challenging Times.” His panel will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed—and is changing—the commercial finance landscape, with a particular focus on the challenges lenders and lessors are facing with a “boots on the ground” approach.  The session will also look at how the recent Subchapter V of the Bankruptcy code impacts small business debtors; provide an overview of new statutes, executive orders, and moratoriums arising from the pandemic, with examples of each from prominent states; describe the implications of the enforcement of remedies, including the exercise of UCC Article 9 foreclosure cases; outline and discuss new legal defenses, including force majeure; and provide an overview of the pandemic’s effect on access to courts, especially with regard to jury trials.  The session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Robert Cohen’s session, entitled “California and New York Federal Licensing and Disclosure,” will explore how equipment leasing and finance companies continue to face a barrage of new state and federal laws applicable to various commercial transactions, including the introduction of consumer-style financing disclosures, expansion of state regulatory enforcement authority, and new licensing requirements, among others. This session provides an overview of recent and pending changes being considered in Washington, D.C., California, and New York, as well as some noteworthy enforcement activity. Cohen will also discuss the proposed commercial financing disclosure law (CFDL) recently signed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is set to take effect January 1, 2022. This New York State CFDL imposes interest rate and other consumer-style disclosure requirements for a variety of commercial financing transactions of $500,000 or less, including loans, equipment finance agreements, sales-based financing, and factoring transactions, and is expected to have far-reaching implications for commercial finance. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

Julia Gavrilov’s presentation, “Does Your Contract Work across State Lines?,” will explore the implication of state law and jurisdiction related to pandemic legal issues. According to Gavrilov, parties to a contract commonly agree to the application of a certain jurisdiction and/or state’s law, without recognizing circumstances where such a governing law provision may be deemed unenforceable by a court. Her session will discuss and analyze the exceptions that can override a choice of law provision or forum selection clause and result in ramifications for which any lender or lessor may never have bargained. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

ELFA is the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers in the $650 billion U.S. equipment finance sector.

For additional information about the Conference, or to register visit: ELFA Legal Forum LIVE!

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