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Structuring Cross-Collateral/Cross-Default Real Estate Loans

Single vs. Multiple Mortgages; Partial Prepayment and Partial Release; Intercreditor Agreements for Senior-Junior Lien Positions

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

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Conducted on Thursday, September 24, 2020

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This CLE course will instruct counsel on proper structuring and documentation of cross-collateral/cross-default loans. The panel will discuss key provisions regarding prepayment/defeasance, partial release of collateral, reserves, and other complexities presented by crossed loans. The panel will also address structuring intercreditor agreements to minimize priority disputes.


Cross-collateralization is common in real estate finance transactions where the borrower owns multiple properties that it mortgages as collateral for a single loan. Affiliated borrowers may also agree to cross-default and cross-collateralize separate loans, consolidating separate loans into one transaction for the benefit of the lender.

Provisions regarding partial prepayment, defeasance, and releases of collateral can be intensively negotiated in crossed loan structures and must be drafted with care. Counsel must tailor reserve provisions to address potential expenditures at multiple properties. Complex intangible and recording tax calculations may be required where properties are mortgaged in multiple states.

Cross-collateralization expands the potential liability of each affiliated borrower and each guarantor to encompass an entire loan portfolio. It can also wreak havoc after a borrower's default or bankruptcy when there are also senior and second lien or mezzanine loans. Counsel for first and second or mezzanine lienholders must carefully evaluate their respective positions and delineate their respective rights concerning each borrower and each property.

Listen as our authoritative panel of finance practitioners guides you through the structuring and documentation of cross-collateral/cross-default real estate financing transactions, negotiating intercreditor agreements, and best practices for protecting liens post-default or bankruptcy.



  1. Structuring and documenting cross-collateralization and cross-default loans
    1. Cross-collateral provisions: single vs. multiple mortgages
    2. Cross-default provisions: single vs. multiple borrowers
    3. Prepayment, defeasance, partial releases of collateral
    4. Reserves
    5. Multistate transactions: tax concerns
  2. Key negotiating points for borrowers and lenders
  3. Intercreditor agreements in cross-collateralized deals
  4. Enforceability of cross-collateral provisions after default
  5. Enforceability of cross-collateral provisions in bankruptcy


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How senior lenders can maximize the effectiveness of a cross-collateral/cross-default provision in the senior loan
  • Prepayment, defeasance, partial release, and other concerns with crossed loans
  • Negotiating the intercreditor agreement to minimize lender priority disputes


Bordy, Michael
Michael J. Bordy

Michael J. Bordy, A.P.L.C.

Mr. Bordy is a transactional attorney who has 26 years of experience handling a variety of issues in business,...  |  Read More

Hayhurst, Ren
Ren R. Hayhurst

Ren RH Legal Consultants

Mr. Hayhurst’s professional life has focused for over 30 years on all aspects of lender and borrower...  |  Read More

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