Local Counsel Opinions in Real Estate Finance Transactions
Strategies for Maximizing Efficiency and Reducing Risks for Opinion Givers
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide practitioners with tools for drafting local counsel opinions for real estate finance transactions, referencing recently published opinion reports. The panel will also discuss ethical considerations and liability risks associated with rendering local counsel opinions and best practices for reducing such risks.
- Defining the scope of the engagement of local counsel
- Document review and due diligence, including ethical considerations relating to recommended changes to the draft loan documents under the law of the opinion jurisdiction
- Substantive opinion issues:
- Opinion requests:
- Entity opinions
- Usury and enforceability opinions
- Choice of law opinions
- Non-contravention and no violation of applicable law opinions
- No litigation opinions
- Assumptions, qualifications, and exceptions
- Reliance wording
- Opinion requests:
- The relevance of "customary practice" and published opinion reports, in particular, the American Bar Association/American College of Real Estate Lawyers/American College of Mortgage Attorneys Real Estate Financing Opinion Report and Local Counsel Opinion Supplement
- Theories of opinion-giver: liability and best practices for minimizing liability risk
The panel will review these and other critical issues:
- What are the roles and responsibilities of the local and lead counsel in providing their respective opinions?
- What guidance do published opinion reports provide about local counsel opinions?
- What are the crucial due diligence steps for counsel preparing commercial real estate finance opinion letters to minimize risks and liabilities?
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