Fed Provides Guidance on Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve on April 9, 2020,  released anxiously awaited guidance regarding the Main Street Lending Program that was authorized under the Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act (Title IV of the CARES Act). Two releases were provided: the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility, dealing with additional loan tranches under existing credit facilities; and the Main Street New Loan Facility, dealing with origination of new lending facilities. Each facility under the lending program, authorized under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, is intended to promote lending to small and medium-sized businesses, but has slightly different eligibility requirements. Though the Main Street Lending Program is backstopped by the Federal Reserve, the loans thereunder will be made directly by U.S. banks and savings and loan companies.

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