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Federal Reserve Takes Significant Steps to Expand the Main Street Lending Program

On June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve made significant additional changes to the terms of the Main Street Lending Program, aimed at making the program more attractive to small- and mid-sized businesses and to lenders. Changes include decreased minimum loan amounts, increased maximum loan sizes, extended loan terms and deferred principal repayments, among others.

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Federal Reserve Updates Main Street Lending Program Guidance and Publishes Form Loan Documents

On May 27, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released a further updated set of FAQs and published form documentation to assist with the documentation of each loan participation. The new guidance both modified and supplemented the previous guidance issued on the three facilities―the Main Street New Loan Facility, the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility and the Main Street Priority Loan Facility.

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Federal Reserve Updates Main Street Lending Program Guidance

The Federal Reserve Board issued initial guidance regarding its Main Street Lending Program on April 9, 2020, as authorized under the Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act (Title IV of the CARES Act). This original guidance established the broad brush parameters of the program, but was short on details, raising concerns among both borrowers and lenders about its eventual implementation. On April 30, in response to a flood of public comments, the Federal Reserve released updated guidance, containing substantially greater operational details. The new guidance both modified and supplemented the two previously announced facilities―the Main Street New Loan Facility and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility―and added a third facility, the Main Street Priority Loan Facility, expanding the overall scope of the program.

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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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Due to COVID-19 Threats, Financial Regulators Require Pandemic Policies

Federal and state financial regulatory agencies are requiring banks and other financial institutions to have policies in place in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 6, 2020, the federal bank regulatory agencies―including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)―issued an Interagency Statement on Pandemic Planning, which requires financial institutions to have an adequate business continuity plan (BCP) to address the potential adverse effects of COVID-19 and other pandemics.

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