TSL Feature Articles

  • Smith_Brian_HollandKnight150x150 Isn’t That What it Says? --Potential Perils of Incorporation by Reference in Finance Transactions

    The author discusses the potential perils of improper use of “incorporation by reference” in commercial lending transactions, as well as potential strategies for reducing potential incorporation by reference hazards.

  • Maria Dikeos Syndicated ABL Volume up in 2019, Deal Count Down

    Refinitiv’s director of analytics shares with readers the latest data surrounding the syndicated market.

  • Myra Thomas SFNet Education Focus 20/20 Dynamic Educational Content is Key for Members
    As the Secured Finance Network celebrates its 75th anniversary, its commitment to the education of its membership remains tantamount to the organization. Part of that commitment is making sure that secured lenders of all stripes are provided with the essential tools, training, and best practices to ensure their professional success.
  • Hamid Namazie Interview with McGuire Woods’ Hamid Namazie

    Hamid Namazie is managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Los Angeles - Downtown office. He concentrates his practice on representing a wide range of clients, including banks, institutional lenders and commercial finance companies, providing asset-based loans.

  • Ken Wengrod, FTC Founded for Entrepreneurs By an Entrepreneur

    FTC Commercial Corporation was launched in 2002 with a strong focus on small and medium-size enterprise. Co-founder Ken Wengrod tapped into his experience, having worked in factoring and retail to create a company that understands the entire trade cycle of manufacturing and importing.

  • Dave Kucera, Capital One Lenders Think About Recession Readiness
    The head of Capital One’s Financial Institutions Group reviews the trends that lenders should be watching as we shift into 2020.
  • Thoughts on the Third Quarter 2019 Asset-Based Lending Index

    Q3 2019 results generally demonstrate the continuation of trends observed throughout 2019.  Year to date, we continue to have growth in the industry as a whole and credit quality remains solid.  There are a few notable deviations from trends observed throughout the year as we will see.

    General economic conditions continue to be top of mind for the secured finance community, but it is interesting to note that we continue to see a divergence between Bank and Non-Bank Lenders with respect to the SFNet Confidence Index. As a reminder, starting in 2019, we have chosen to divide the ABL lender universe along Bank and Non-Bank lines, as opposed to our previous methodology of splitting up the ABL lender universe by portfolio size.

  • Joseph Nemia, TD Bank Review and Forecast with Joseph Nemia, Executive Vice President - Head of Asset Based Lending at TD Bank

    Joseph Nemia looks back at 2019 and discusses what the secured finance industry can expect to see in 2020.

     

  • HuntingfordArt Trade Finance Insights: Financing Trade Receivables Beyond ABL or Factoring

    A Demica senior director explains how trade receivable securitization programs can be used as a valuable alternative to other funding solutions, especially in cross-border or challenging credit environments.

     

  • TSL1119_DrinkDailyGreens Putting Capital to Work - Far West Capital Customer: Drink Daily Greens
    Jan 6, 2020
    Meet an entrepreneur trying to make the world a “greener” place.  


    At 33 years old, Shauna was diagnosed with breast cancer - a head-spinning diagnosis for anyone, but especially a new mother at 33 who considered herself fairly healthy. Then came the draining, life-sapping chemo that would save her life, but leave her feeling weak and malnourished

  • JeffreyWurst UCC Insights - Looking For A Better Mouse Trap? Article 9 Sales Spring To Action.

    The time and cost of liquidating collateral can often be prohibitive and is always a nuisance. Of course, this problem is exacerbated when the asset value is less than the balance owed to the secured creditor(s), leaving no value for unsecured creditors. Lenders often step up and carve out an amount to be distributed to unsecured creditors to enable a Chapter 11 to proceed to effect a sale of the debtor’s assets free and clear of liens. Some consider this to be a price to be paid by secured creditors for the privilege of utilizing the bankruptcy court to sell their collateral. Thus, the cost of a bankruptcy can be very expensive not only to the debtor, but also to the secured lender. As a result, small and middle-market companies and their lenders have grown receptive to non-bankruptcy vehicles for the disposition of assets.

  • PaulSchuldiner_Headshot_150X150 Purchase Order Financing: Then, Now and What’s Ahead
    Purchase order financing has been around nearly as long as its close relatives (factoring) and distant ones (merchant banking), but has become much more prevalent in the last decade. With better technology and other innovations accelerating manufacturing and production timelines to meet demand from e-commerce and big box customers, the global supply chain has never been under more stress. We see this with the China tariffs, Brexit and other significant changes to trade policy. Purchase order financing has never been a more valuable option for companies buying and selling around the globe.
  • KarabusArt The Digital Transformation is Severely Disrupting Retail: The Time for Action is Now

    The transformation of retail is creating new and significant challenges for traditional retailers. Antony Karabus, CEO of HRC Advisory, explores those obstacles and offers solutions to help retailers survive – and even thrive — during these tumultuous times.

  • jdepledge2 Interview with Incoming SFNet President John DePledge
    John DePledge currently serves as the head of Asset Based Lending of Bank Leumi USA. With over 35 years of ABL experience, John has built portfolios in numerous new markets and has held senior leadership roles in originations, portfolio management, underwriting, asset recovery and field examination. Here, he outlines SFNet’s 2020 goals after its recent transformation.
  • SFNHoF copy SFNet Hall of Fame Inductees
    Oct 16, 2019
    When we set out to rebrand the Commercial Finance Association over a year ago, we knew we wanted to build on our proud heritage while looking to the future. That timeless adage “remember where you came from” was at the forefront of our minds as we discussed the new brand. There were many positive attributes that we wanted to preserve as we planned to reposition our value proposition to align with the priorities of our diverse network. 
  • sharkey The TSL Interview: Michael D. Sharkey: Celebrating 40 Years in ABL
    Sep 20, 2019

    Michael D. Sharkey is the president of Fifth Third Business Capital. He oversees a nationwide market with regional offices across the United States and Canada. Sharkey is past president and chairman of Secured Finance Network.  He is also past president of the American Brain Tumor Association. Sharkey is a graduate of Rutgers University and J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Here he discusses his long career, the outlook for the industry and Fifth Third’s acquisition of MB.

  • airfianance Lending to Business Aviation: Don’t Wing It

    As with any industry, lending to the business aviation sector comes with its own set of risks. Shelley Svoren of First Republic Bank gives readers the insider’s tips on this industry.

  • ecommerce Ecommerce and the Omnichannel Equation

    Tim Anderson of Hilco Valuation Services discusses Omnichannel appraisals, which are now more common than traditional brick-and-mortar appraisals.  

  • food19 Middle-Market Companies Find Opportunity in Food & Beverage Disruption

    Capital One executives discuss how innovation in the food & beverage sector are making it an industry lenders don’t want to ignore.

  • construction Construction: Cycles and Considerations in Lending

    A Conway MacKenzie executive provides an overview of the construction industry, including its unique cycles. Lending into the construction sector can prove to be a lucrative decision if extensive due diligence is conducted deep into a company’s financials. There are a wide range of factors and potential pitfalls to consider, understand and navigate properly.

Click on the link below to meet some of the “difference makers” in the secured finance community. This issue of The Secured Lender celebrates those who are having a profound impact on both their communities and their organizations. 

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Previous TSL Articles

  • Charlie Perer Innovation, Competition and Consolidation in the Non-Bank Small-Ticket ABL Space
    The sub-$10 million ABL facility space has long been a paradox.  Over the years, new capital providers havee entered only to chase too few loans, while incumbent asset-based lenders shift and migrate strategy.  This creates a shortfall of good assets, and the cycle continues.  But it’s not always that easy.  Right now, we sit in what should soon be the start of a brand new cycle thanks to Covid-19. The past few years have been brutally competitive for the sub-$10 million ABL industry given the new entrants, specialization and certain vintage firms migrating upmarket.  Top of the market, like the last few years, may seem like an auspicious time to raise capital to form a new ABL shop, but that is exactly what happened in expectation of a re-set. The difference now is that the bar is higher and the need for scale or a point of difference, whether it be industry focus, national scale or selling strategy, has never been greater. 
  • cronin, paul Interview with Paul Cronin of Santander Bank
    Coming up on almost one year as head of ABL at Santander Bank, Paul Cronin reflects back on his proudest accomplishments, goals and new challenges with COVID-19.
  • Part II: Confronting the Banking Dilemma for State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses in the United States

    This article analyzes the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, and its impact on the inability of state-legal marijuana businesses to obtain traditional and fundamental types of banking services from federally insured banks. This article is divided into three parts: (i) an explanation of the conflict of state and federal marijuana laws; (ii) the effect of the conflicting laws on the decision of banking institutions to provide services to state-licensed marijuana businesses; and (iii) congressional and judicial attempts to resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

    This is the second article in a three-part installment about the banking dilemma for state-licensed marijuana businesses in the United States.

  • Confronting the Banking Dilemma for State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses in the United States

    This article analyzes the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, and its impact on the inability of state-legal marijuana businesses to obtain traditional and fundamental types of banking services from federally insured banks. This article is divided into three parts: (i) an explanation of the conflict of state and federal marijuana laws; (ii) the effect of the conflicting laws on the decision of banking institutions to provide services to state-licensed marijuana businesses; and (iii) congressional and judicial attempts to resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

    This is the first article in a three-part installment about the banking dilemma for state-licensed marijuana businesses in the United States.

  • Eileen Wubbe 150x150 Global Economic Disruption—Impact on International Secured Lending

    SFNet’s recent Virtual International Lending Conference offered insight on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis from geopolitical risk consultant, David Chmiel, co-founder/managing director, Global Torchlight; Marc Finer, director, Debt Advisory Group, KMPG LLP; Scott Fuller, director, Valuations, Gordon Brothers; Richard Hawkins, CEO, AtlanticRMS and Robert Horak, managing director, Lincoln International.  David Morse, partner, Otterbourg P.C. and Richard Kohn, principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd. served as conference moderators.

  • Lender Compliance Implications of the 60-Day PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Deadline

    Under Section 1106 of the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans can be forgiven, in whole or part, under certain conditions.  The SBA has continued to release guidance with respect to the lender review process for loan forgiveness applications, most recently in the form of an Interim Final Rule published May 22, 2020. 

    This new rule, the SBA Loan Review Procedures and Related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities (“Loan Review Process IFR”), provides important additional guidance with respect to a lender’s responsibilities for processing loan forgiveness applications in a timely and compliant manner.  The rule also describes the circumstances under which a lender may lose its processing fee, and potentially, the loan guaranty. 

    While further guidance is expected, the Loan Review IFR outlines the general process for submission and processing of the loan forgiveness applications.


  • SueDuckett A Factor’s Perspective on the Effects of Covid-19: Interview with Sue Duckett, Franklin Capital

    Franklin Capital’s Sue Duckett has seen a lot in her 25-plus-year career in the commercial finance industry. Her career has spanned several positions and two countries, but she has never seen anything such as the current crisis. It has been overwhelming at times, with constant changes and an unprecedented number of new inquiries relating to personal protection equipment (PPE). She pushed aside the mounting emails in her new home office to reflect on what she has seen over these past several weeks and where she thinks this might be going.

     
  • LynnTanner_WinstonStrawn Networking During Covid-19

    While we are all continually reminded how important networking is to our careers and business development, the reality is that the Covid-19 pandemic simply does not allow us to use traditional methods to network because activities such as attending in-person networking events and meeting face-to-face for coffees and dinners are on hold for now. 

    Does this mean that your networking efforts can be (or need to be) put “on hold”?  The answer is a resounding no. 

  • Kowalski Eileen -  WISF Headshot - PNC-150x150 Interview with Denise Albanese

    Denise Albanese of Cost Reduction Solutions discusses the origin of her firm that was started by her husband, Michael F. Albanese, CPA, as a sole practitioner field examiner. 

    Denise also discusses the new procedures implemented when the Covid-19 crisis began, what field exams in the future may look like and what makes a business successful. 

     

  • White Oak Commercial Finance Expands Asset-Based Lending and Lender Finance Team with New Hires
    White Oak Commercial Finance (“WOCF”), an affiliate of San Francisco-based alternative investment manager White Oak Global Advisors, LLC (“White Oak”), today announced Andy McGhee, Susan Hall and Neal Mulford have joined the firm to further expand its asset-based lending (ABL) and lender finance capabilities.