• Lindsey Emerson Raines

    Lindsey Emerson

    Key Bankruptcy Amendments in New COVID-19 Relief Package

    January 4, 2021
    Congress’s most recent COVID-19 relief bill was signed into law on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, as the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (CAA). Title X of the CAA provides additional bankruptcy relief for individual and corporate debtors, as well as creditors impacted by COVID-19. Most changes are temporary as noted below.
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  • Madeline O. McElhanon

    Main Street Lending Program To Provide $600 Billion in COVID Relief For Businesses

    November 23, 2020
    As a component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act, the Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to provide up to $600 billion in financing to businesses and nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Federal Reserve Makes Adjustments to Main Street Lending Program Terms

    November 2, 2020
    On October 30th, the Federal Reserve Board announced two adjustments to the terms of its Main Street Lending Program. These changes are designed to better provide support to smaller for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations.
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  • Robert Smith & Madeline McElhanon

    Arkansas Banks Take Advantage of Low Rates on Subordinated Debt

    October 27, 2020
    With interest rates remaining historically low, a number of Arkansas banks have taken steps to secure an additional capital cushion through a subordinated debt offering. As reported earlier this year by American Banker, the pandemic has incentivized institutions to shore up capital as a protection against credit losses, as well as preparing to take advantage of potential lending and M&A opportunities.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    SBA Releases New Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program

    August 28, 2020
    On August 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a new interim final rule regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new interim final rule provides additional guidance on the applicability of owner compensation rules and the eligibility of certain nonpayroll costs for forgiveness.
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    FFIEC Issues New Statement on Loan Accommodations Related to Covid-19

    August 12, 2020
    On August 3, 2020, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a joint statement addressing additional loan accommodations related to Covid-19. As borrowers near the end of initial loan accommodation periods, the FFIEC encourages financial institutions to consider loan arrangements that might mitigate adverse effects on borrowers. Specifically, the FFIEC promoted the following practices:
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    PPP - SBA Releases New Frequently Asked Questions on Loan Forgiveness

    August 10, 2020
    On August 4, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, issued additional guidance on the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the form of Frequently Asked Questions.
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