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

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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This CLE course will examine key provisions found in a construction completion guaranty and selected points that are subject to negotiation.


A principal concern for the construction lender is that the borrower will fail to complete the project on budget, leaving the lender to oversee the construction and to fund cost overruns. Under a completion guaranty, the sponsor or other qualified third party agrees to complete the project and is responsible for the payment of cost overruns. Construction lenders will typically include a carry component to the completion guaranty, and/or a separate carry guaranty, which requires the guarantor to pay debt service and other carry costs until the project is completed or reaches stabilization or until the loan is repaid.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines various aspects of completion guaranties and provisions that are high priority concerns for 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 impacting 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:

  • The extent of the guarantor's exposure to fund construction costs
  • The guarantor's ability to access unfunded construction loan proceeds and reserves held by the lender
  • The construction lender's remedies, including liquidated damages provisions


Boland, Brian
Brian P. Boland

Moritt Hock & Hamroff

Mr. Boland concentrates his practice in all aspects of complex commercial real estate and asset-based lending. He...  |  Read More

Hanahan, Thomas
Thomas M. Hanahan

Frost Brown Todd

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

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