Completion Guaranties in Construction Lending: Key Provisions for Lenders and Guarantors

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will examine key provisions found in a construction completion guaranty and selected points that may be subject to negotiation. The panel will discuss how the nature of the project, the track record of the borrower and other aspects of the transaction may figure into the final form of the completion guaranty.


In a construction loan, a principal concern for the lender is that the borrower will fail to complete the project, leaving the lender to oversee construction of a partially finished building. Under a completion guaranty, the sponsor or other qualified third party agrees to complete the project per approved plans, on schedule, within budget, free of lien claims and otherwise by the loan documents.

Because they impose personal liability, completion guaranty provisions are of particular importance to the guarantor. Terms may vary depending on the size and scope of the deal, the credit and track record of the sponsor, or the existence of a performance bond, insurance or other risk mitigation measure.

Counsel must negotiate specific terms of the guaranty agreement to limit their clients' exposure: the obligation to complete construction should be conditioned on the lender fully funding the loan; the completion guaranty should only cover "hard" construction costs and not interest and other carrying costs on the loan; damages should be limited to the lender's deficiency after disposition of collateral; the construction completion guaranty should terminate upon a foreclosure or other sale; and more.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines various aspects of completion guaranties and provisions of particular concern to lenders and guarantors. The panel will also discuss provisions that can limit a guarantor's obligations under the guaranty and factors that might affect the ability of counsel to negotiate those provisions.



  1. Purpose of completion guaranties
    1. Defining guarantor's construction obligations
    2. Damages for failure to complete
  2. Factors affecting the scope of guaranty
  3. Loan funding and other conditions to completion obligation
  4. Limitations on liability
    1. Liquidated damages
    2. Limitation of costs--hard costs vs. costs to carry the loan
    3. Termination upon foreclosure or bankruptcy sale


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the factors to consider when drafting a liquidated damages clause?
  • Why should the guaranty obligation be limited to hard costs?
  • What events should be deemed to terminate the guaranty obligation?


Hanahan, Thomas
Thomas M. Hanahan

Wooden McLaughlin

Mr. Hanahan's practice focuses on a wide range of practice areas including finance, real estate,general business...  |  Read More

Lubinski, Joseph
Joey E. Lubinski

Husch Blackwell

Mr. Lubinski is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Development and Construction team. His varied transactional...  |  Read More

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