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California Conforms To Federal Income Tax Treatment Of PPP Loan Forgiveness

As reported in our earlier blog post The CARES ACT – Tax Relief, the federal CARES Act provides for forgiveness of indebtedness for eligible recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans in an amount equal to the sum of the recipient’s payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent obligations and utility payments (subject to certain … Continue Reading

The October 2, 2020 SBA Procedural Notice: Change of Ownership Transactions Involving PPP Borrowers

On October 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Procedural Notice providing guidance addressed to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders and SBA employees as to the circumstances under which prior SBA approval is required before a borrower of a PPP loan undergoes a change of ownership.[1]  In particular, the October 2, 2020 … Continue Reading

The Impact of COVID-19 on M&A Transactions — Part II: Deal Terms

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption, distress and uncertainty for companies across almost every industry. While this initially resulted in a substantial slow-down in the M&A market, transactional activity is expected to accelerate in certain areas as the economy begins to recover; for example, we expect to see more carveouts by companies that seek … Continue Reading

The Impact of COVID-19 on M&A Transactions — Part I: Due Diligence and Operational Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption, distress and uncertainty for companies across almost every industry. While this initially resulted in a substantial slow-down in the M&A market, transactional activity is expected to accelerate in certain areas as the economy begins to recover; for example, we expect to see more carveouts by companies that seek … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Clarifies that Distributions to Tribal Governments are Permitted Under the Main Street Lending Program

On July 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston issued new guidance expressly permitting tribal businesses that are borrowers under the Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”) to pay dividends to their tribal government owners.  In its amended Frequently Asked Questions (the “July 15th FAQs”), available here, the Federal Reserve announced that the Treasury Secretary … Continue Reading

SEC Issues New MD&A Guidance Regarding COVID-19

Public companies with a December 31 fiscal year end are now in the process of preparing their Form 10-Q reports for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. When preparing the MD&A section of the Form 10-Q, management should be mindful of the recently released SEC Division of Corporation Finance guidance, “Coronavirus (COVID-10 – Disclosure Considerations … Continue Reading

Some Strings Attached: Main Street Lending Program And Private Company M&A

The Main Street Lending Program, intended to provide credit support to small and medium sized businesses, became operational on July 6, 2020.[i] It includes many borrower-favorable economic terms, including a 5-year term, a low interest rate (capped at LIBOR + 3%), an interest payment deferral of 1 year and a principal payment deferral of 2 … Continue Reading

Interplay of Main Street Lending Program Documents (the Rights and Role of the Main Street SPV)

The $600 billion Main Street Loan program has been highly anticipated to provide financial support in the form of loans to small and medium-sized U.S. businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that is administering the Main Street Loan program has released term sheets and various other program documents for … Continue Reading

Main Street Loan Program – US Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies Can Apply

The US Federal Reserve has confirmed in its Main Street Loans frequently-asked-questions-faqs about the Main Street lending program (the “FAQ”) that US subsidiaries of foreign companies can be eligible borrowers under the various loans available under the program so long as they otherwise meet the other conditions to eligibility for the loans.… Continue Reading

[UPDATED] Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Major Changes to the PPP

[Update: This is an updated version of an article published to Sheppard Mullin’s Finance and Bankruptcy Blog on June 5, 2020] On June 5, 2020, the U.S. President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPP Flexibility Act or Act) to provide businesses with greater flexibility and more time to maximize forgiveness of … Continue Reading

Fed Provides Further Updates to Main Street Lending Program, Expanding Availability in Advance of Program Launch

On June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the administrator of the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program, released updated term sheets for the three types of loans, “New,” “Priority” and “Expanded,” that will be available under Main Street as well as an updated extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/mainstreetlending.htm). The Main Street … Continue Reading

FinCEN Director Addresses COVID-19 Related Virtual Currency Issues at Consensus Blockchain Conference

On May 13, 2020, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) Director Kenneth Blanco delivered remarks to the Consensus Blockchain Conference regarding the agency’s recent observations in connection with virtual currencies, including the current risks of criminal exploitation of virtual currency, significant issues FinCEN anticipates for virtual currencies in the future, and the industry’s compliance with the … Continue Reading

SEC Offers Limited Rule Relief to Spur Small Business Crowdfunding During Pandemic

On May 4, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a temporary final rule easing some restrictions on small businesses seeking to raise capital pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”).  The SEC made the move in response to feedback from its Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee and other outreach conducted by SEC staff … Continue Reading

SEC Co-Director of Enforcement Outlines Division’s Response to COVID-19

On May 12, 2020, speaking at the Securities Enforcement Forum West 2020, Steven Peikin, the co-Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division, provided an overview of the division’s activities over the last several months as it has responded to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Division is actively monitoring issuers and … Continue Reading

Fed Updates Main Street Loan Program

On April 30, 2020 the Federal Reserve released new term sheets for the Main Street Loan Program, which is a $600 billion loan program, that will include $75 billion capitalized by the Treasury Department under the $454 billion Congressional appropriation of Section 4003(b)(4) of Title IV of the CARES Act.   The loans will target small … Continue Reading

CARES Act Loans Available for National Security Businesses

The US Treasury Department is accepting CARES Act Title IV loan applications from national security businesses to provide liquidity to offset covered losses, which include losses incurred directly or indirectly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Department will review loan applications submitted by 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 1, 2020. The … Continue Reading

Distressed Acquisitions – Key Considerations

The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented negative impact on businesses around the globe in nearly every sector of the economy.  Both the US Government as well as Foreign Governments have and will continue to provide short- and long-term financial support to these businesses.  However, this financial assistance will not be available to every … Continue Reading

Exchange Relief: NYSE Provides Partial Waiver for Shareholder Approval of PIPE Transactions; Nasdaq Provides Relief Regarding Continued Listing Requirements

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) both took action this month to provide issuers with much needed relief in response to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect that these measures will provide needed flexibility to many issuers, especially smaller reporting companies who have recently … Continue Reading

IRS Issues FAQs Addressing Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) allows employers to defer the deposit and payment of their share of Social Security taxes (OASDI, but not Medicare) and self-employed individuals to defer a portion of their self-employment taxes. The IRS recently published FAQs addressing specific questions about deferral of these taxes.… Continue Reading

Primary And Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve issued a term sheet for each of the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“PMCCF”) and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (the “SMCCF”).  Under the PMCCF and the SMCCF, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“Reserve Bank”) will commit to lend to a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) … Continue Reading

Sheppard Submits Comments to Main Street Loan Program

On Thursday April 16, Sheppard Mullin submitted comments to the Federal Reserve about its terms sheets for the $600 Billion Main Street Loan Program. These comments raise and explore numerous important questions that the Fed and Treasury will necessarily need to grapple with to make the Main Street programs successful. We believe that these comments … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Related Expenses

Businesses, employees, and other taxpayers are incurring new and often significant expenses as they adapt and respond to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several tax provisions may help to mitigate the impact of those costs, including new provisions enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act as … Continue Reading
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