UCC Secured Transactions: Documenting and Perfecting Security Interests, Navigating Competing and Hidden Liens

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

Conducted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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This CLE webinar will discuss requirements for security documentation, UCC rules for perfecting the security interest, and the pitfalls encountered with competing liens and hidden liens that may trump the lender’s lien priority.


The UCC sets forth certain requirements for a security agreement to be enforceable against a debtor, including that the security agreement contain an adequate description of the collateral. Perfection rules vary according to the type of collateral.

In light of 2010 amendments to Article 9 filing procedures, UCC practitioners must know potential pitfalls and exercise due diligence to ensure security interests attach and are properly perfected and priority protected.

Lenders’ counsel should also identify, assess the risk of, and deal with situations where secret or competing liens on UCC collateral may arise, whether before or after the closing of a loan. Failing to properly address and deal with these risks can lead to a loss of the senior secured lender’s lien priority.

Listen as our authoritative panel of finance practitioners reviews requirements for UCC security documentation, rules for perfection, and pitfalls encountered with competing liens and hidden liens that may jeopardize the lender’s lien priority.



  1. Security documents
    1. Security agreement: Relevant language
    2. Description of the collateral
  2. Perfection of the security interest
    1. Perfection by filing
      1. UCC-1 financing statement, Article 9 requirements
      2. UCC 3 amendment or termination statement: Lessons from In re Motors Liquidation
      3. Rules for trusts
  3. Priority and other liens
    1. Competing liens: PMSIs and contractual subordination
    2. Hidden liens


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What were the key changes in the UCC Article 9 amended rules related to filing financing statements?
  • What are the rules for perfecting a security interest and what pitfalls can the lender encounter?
  • What lessons can be derived from the lender’s loss of priority regarding the UCC-3 termination statement in In re Motors Liquidation?
  • What due diligence can counsel for senior secured lenders conduct to help identify the presence of existing secret or competing liens?


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

Wurst, Jeffrey
Jeffrey A. Wurst

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek

Mr. Wurst is the chairman of the firm’s Financial Services, Banking, & Bankruptcy Department. He has...  |  Read More

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