UCC Article 9 Update on Searching and Filing: Best Practices for Secured Lenders Under the Amended Rules

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Conducted on Thursday, June 27, 2019

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This CLE webinar will update commercial finance attorneys on the 2010 UCC Article 9 amendments and outline best practices for secured lenders regarding filing and searching methods under the amended rules. The program will also address recent case law developments since the changes became effective.


The amendments to the UCC Article 9 secured lending rules, which were adopted in all states and the District of Columbia and have been in effect for six years, made significant changes to filing procedures and searching methods. Courts are now interpreting the changes.

Key changes include clarification of the debtor's name to be provided on a financing statement (especially for an individual), an expanded definition of "registered organization," clarification of filing rules for trusts, greater protection for after-acquired assets if the debtor changes location or merges, and modification of the national form of financing statement.

In light of these amendments and recent case law developments, UCC practitioners must be aware of the potential pitfalls arising from the revised procedures and exercise due diligence to ensure that security interests are properly perfected and priority protected.

Listen as our authoritative panel of attorneys discusses the key provisions of the UCC Article 9 secured lending rules, focusing on changes in filing procedures, searching methods and due diligence practices, as well as recent court decisions. The panel will discuss recent case law developments and outline best practices for lenders operating under the amended rules.



  1. Key changes in the 2010 Article 9 amendments
    1. Filing procedures
    2. Filing rules for trusts
    3. Searching methods
    4. Debtor's name
    5. Change in debtor's location or merger
    6. National forms
  2. New York non-uniform provisions
  3. Recent case law developments
  4. Pitfalls and traps for the unwary
  5. Due diligence practices for secured lenders


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What were the key changes in the UCC Article 9 amended rules related to searching and filing?
  • What are some of the lessons learned from operating under the amended rules and what issues have been the subject of litigation?
  • How are UCC practitioners managing their search, filing and monitoring responsibilities after the amendments and what we are learning from recent court decisions?


Smith, Edwin
Edwin E. Smith

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Mr. Smith concentrates his practice in commercial law, debt financings, structured financings, workouts, bankruptcies,...  |  Read More

Weise, Steven
Steven O. Weise

Proskauer Rose

Mr. Weise practices in all areas of commercial law and has extensive experience in financing, especially in those...  |  Read More

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