Using Electronic Contracts and E-Signatures for Remote Transactions
Recent Developments Including Remote Notarization, PPP Lending E-Notes, and Possible UCC Revisions for Emerging Technologies
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will examine recent legal trends and developments regarding e-signatures and electronic contracts, with the panel focusing in part on the use of e-signatures and electronic contracts during COVID-19 business interruptions, governors’ remote notarization executive orders, a status update on the ambitious efforts of the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute to reconfigure the UCC for emerging digital technologies, and recent case law on e-signatures.
The panel will review and discuss the nuts and bolts of the typical, yet evolving, legal and practical issues, including the authentication of e-signatures; the admissibility of electronic contracts and e-signatures in litigation; and the implications of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), and UCC for parties contracting via electronic means.
- Electronic contracts and e-signatures: what are they?
- Implications of ESIGN, UETA, UCC for electronic contracts (including potential revisions to the UCC for emerging technologies)
- COVID-19 business interruption developments resulting in emergency remote notarization governors’ orders and closing PPP loans electronically
- Provisions and practices to ensure the validity of electronic contracts and e-signatures
- Enforceability, authentication, and admissibility challenges with electronic contracts and e-signatures
- Relevant case law and regulatory developments
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the most recent legal issues surrounding electronic contracts and e-signatures?
- What is the interplay between ESIGN, UETA, and the UCC, and how does this impact electronic contracts?
- What enforceability, authentication, and admissibility challenges do counsel face in litigation involving e-signatures and electronic contracts?
Patrick J. Hatfield
Mr. Hatfield's practice focuses on financial services, and IP and technology. He co-authored the 6-Point... | Read More
Mr. Hatfield's practice focuses on financial services, and IP and technology. He co-authored the 6-Point Framework for assessing risk in electronic signature and e-contracting processes. He has handled a wide range of IT, outsourcing, acquisition and joint venture arrangements in the global financial services industry. Mr. Hatfield has helped many clients design and implement effective electronic signature and electronic delivery processes in compliance with ESIGN, UETA and admissibility standards under various rules of evidence.Close
Elizabeth B. Shirley
Burr & Forman
Ms. Shirley's practice includes commercial litigation, franchise litigation, intellectual property, governmental... | Read More
Ms. Shirley's practice includes commercial litigation, franchise litigation, intellectual property, governmental investigations and enforcement; civil rights and family law. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad array of business and personal disputes. Ms. Shirley has represented companies, including healthcare entities, private equity firms, automotive dealerships and manufacturers, investment banking firms, municipalities, lending institutions, accounting firms, and start-up companies.Close
Burr & Forman
Mr. Snow practices in the firm's Lending practice group. He represents banks, finance companies, funds and... | Read More
Mr. Snow practices in the firm's Lending practice group. He represents banks, finance companies, funds and borrowers in the middle and large corporate markets. He has extensive experience with a wide array of lending/borrowing transactions, including accounts receivable and inventory finance; cash flow finance; mezzanine finance; health care finance; equipment finance; joint venture finance; leveraged acquisition finance; unsecured finance; letters of credit finance; asset securitizations; media, high tech and telecommunications finance; real estate finance; loan syndications and participations; workouts, restructurings and forbearance arrangements; secured party sales; debtor-in-possession finance; and loan purchases and sales. He frequently writes and speaks on lending and other legal topics.Close