UCC Foreclosures: Overcoming Obstacles to the Sale, Evaluating Receivership and Bankruptcy Alternatives

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

This CLE webinar will provide bankruptcy attorneys with a review of the circumstances under which an Article 9 foreclosure is preferred to maximize value for the secured creditor. The panel will discuss the Article 9 foreclosure process and outline best practices to address obstacles in Article 9 foreclosures. The panel will also discuss alternatives to Article 9 foreclosures in transfers of distressed assets.


Secured creditors face challenges protecting their interests if a loan defaults. Practitioners must evaluate loan workouts and other pre-bankruptcy solutions to determine whether they are adequate to protect the lender’s interests.

While bankruptcy may often be preferred by secured creditors, a foreclosure under UCC Article 9 is better in certain situations. When appropriate, foreclosure under Article 9 is quicker, less expensive and more predictable than a §363 sale.

The Article 9 foreclosure process contains pitfalls and obstacles for creditors, but with careful planning, counsel can overcome these issues and minimize the risks.

Listen as our authoritative panel of bankruptcy specialists offers its perspective on foreclosure under UCC Article 9, including how to avoid unexpected difficulties that arise with such sales. They will also compare UCC sales to other alternatives, including assignments for the benefit of creditors and bankruptcies.


  1. Comparing UCC Article 9 foreclosure to other options
    1. Loan workouts, assignment for benefit of creditors and receivership
    2. Section 363 bankruptcy sale
  2. Effectuating a UCC Article 9 sale
    1. Evaluating default
    2. Adequate lien search
    3. Strict foreclosure
    4. Public vs. private sale
  3. Obstacles to Article 9 proceeding
    1. Notice
    2. Commercial reasonableness
    3. Successor liability
    4. Clear title


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What key factors determine whether a UCC foreclosure is a better choice than loan workouts and other pre-bankruptcy and bankruptcy alternatives?
  • How can counsel decide which type of Article 9 foreclosure sale will maximize value for the secured creditor?
  • How can counsel guide clients to avoid the pitfalls presented by Article 9 foreclosure sales?


James Cochran, Partner
O'Connor Cochran, Los Angeles

Mr. Cochran has extensive experience advising clients in workouts and restructurings involving complex collateral packages and multiple jurisdictions. He represents lenders in mezzanine loan transactions and other sophisticated commercial real estate financings, and has acted for lenders and other stakeholders in various bankruptcy matters, including DIP financings, section 363(f) sales and claims transfers.

Steven O. Weise, Partner
Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles

Mr. Weise practices in all areas of commercial law and has extensive experience in financing, especially in those secured by personal property, including structured financing. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Article 9 of the UCC. He is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the UCC and a member of the American Law Institute’s UCC Article 9 Drafting Committee. Mr. Weise is also the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Legal Opinions Committee.

James D. Prendergast, SVP, Legal Counsel-UCC Division
First American Title Insurance Company, Santa Ana, Calif.

Mr. Prendergast is General Counsel of the Uniform Commercial Code Division of First American Title Insurance Company. Prior to joining First American in 2001, he was in private practice in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years concentrating his practice primarily in the areas of commercial and corporate finance. He is Co-Chair of the ABA Joint Task Force on Filing Office Operations and Search Logic.

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Mark N. Berman

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Northeastern University

Michael E. Foreman



Matthew Gensburg


Greenberg Traurig

Brian E. Greer



Douglas Lipke


Vedder Price

Victor Milione


Nixon Peabody

Steven B. Smith

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