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Special Counsel | Fund Finance
By Chris van Heerden
Finance Practice Group Director

The initiative to draft a code that would unify commercial transactions across U.S. states came about in 1942. The drafters went to work in a remarkable setting that, aside from a global war, was marked by clashes of ideologies growing out of the Great Depression and the New Deal era. The group spent most of the next decade completing a comprehensive published version of the Uniform Commercial Code (the “UCC”) for presentation to the states and then the initial process of enactment by the states continued through 1968. Given this backdrop, the origin and development of the UCC has spawned a seemingly endless supply of legal research material. We set all of that to the side here and boil things down to what we see as the must-know points on the UCC for fund finance bankers.  

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Special Counsel | Fund Finance

March was a big month for the LIBOR endgame. There were several big announcements, some important (but technical) developments, and new deadlines. Simply put, the March developments matter to the fund finance community because they provide certainty to market participants as to the date by which credit agreements that reference USD LIBOR will transition to an alternative reference rate and a date by which new credit agreements may not use USD LIBOR. Note that while there were other developments in March that impact a variety of financial products, this article will cover the developments that matter most to the fund finance market. Here we will break it down for you and put it in context to help you make sense of it all, and make sure you look great in front of your boss.  

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The Fund Finance Association hosted a virtual quarterly update mini-conference attended by over 380 people on Tuesday, headlined by a presentation from Rahmin Maali, the Associate Vice President of Private Capital at Preqin. The agenda also included two market update panels. Here are our key takeaways.

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The Fund Finance Association this week announced that long-time FFA contributor and fund finance lawyer Danielle Roman has been appointed to the FFA Board. Based in Hong Kong, Danielle has led or co-led many of the FFA’s initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including co-chairing the FFA’s flagship Asia-Pacific conferences since their inception in 2017.

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Women in Fund Finance this week hosted “Trends in Venture Capital,” a virtual event that looked at the highly creative, high-demand, and ever-evolving world of venture capital. The panel consisted of four distinguished industry leaders: Sarah Anderson, a Partner and founder at Vault Fund; Zack Ellison, Managing General Partner at Applied Real Intelligence; Veronica Juarez, Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners; and Tim Schigel, Managing Partner at Refinery Ventures. Laura Hope, Head of the Financial Institutions Group, The Americas at DBS Bank, moderated this lively discussion aimed at demystifying the VC world. 

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Luxembourg law firm Wildgen will host the 7th edition of its Fund Finance webinar series on April 22 with a focus on GP and Management Fee Facilities. Wildgen Partner Michael Mbayi will moderate, and panelists include Richard Fletcher of Macfarlanes, Brian Foster of Cadwalader, Amira Hajili of Natixis, William Lamain of Raiffeisen and Emily Rose of Silicon Valley Bank.  

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Women in Fund Finance will be hosting two panels in its upcoming series on SPACs: “What Is Going On in the SPAC Market?” on April 21 and “The Nuts and Bolts of SPACs” on April 22.

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A recent Private Equity International podcast featured PEI editors in a panel discussion about the development of environmental, social, and corporate governance ("ESG")-linked subscription credit lines where the sustainability performance of the assets in the fund is directly related to the facility's costs.

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Fund Finance Hiring

Societe Generale is hiring an associate for its subscription finance team. 

Bridge Bank is hiring for a Senior Vice President in its Equity Fund Resources group for an origination role.  

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Following the Cadwalader Fund Finance Team’s recognition at The Drawdown's Private Equity Service Provider Awards earlier this year, the publication’s editors sat down to talk with partner Sam Hutchinson about the group’s London team.

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Graham Bippart, the Editor at Private Funds CFO, this week published a cover story for the April/May edition that provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the emergence of ESG-linked subscription facilities.

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