New COVID-19 UK Government Financing Options Available

The UK government recently announced a package of measures to provide liquidity to UK businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two schemes are particularly useful for financing needs: the HM Treasury and the Bank of England COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility and the British Business Bank Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which  provides summaries of the financing schemes, eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit the firm website.

Maryland Provides Economic Relief from COVID-19 for Businesses and Tax Payers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state and local governments are ushering in an array of programs and tax relief measures to help mitigate the adverse economic impact of COVID-19 on business and nonprofit entities.

In addition to the economic incentive provisions and programs that are available through the new federal CARES Act, including the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Maryland has offered a number of new economic assistance programs, tax relief measures and deadline extensions to help businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

CARES Act Impacts Banking and Finance Industry

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes wide-ranging provisions that will have direct and indirect impacts on the banking and finance industry.

The unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package includes, among other things, provisions for the removal of the cap on the FDIC’s guarantee of insured deposits; waiver by the OCC of single-borrower lending limits for national banks; reduction of the minimum leverage ratio for community banks; favorable accounting treatment for loan modifications; and authority for a guarantee program for the U.S. money market mutual fund industry.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

COVID-19 CARES Act and Notice 2020-18: Tax Effects on Private Equity Firms and Portfolio Companies

As the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague the United States, on March 27, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the previously approved U.S. Senate version of the much anticipated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), providing a needed $2 trillion in relief to the U.S. economy that is teetering on the border of a recession. The CARES Act is the largest of its kind in U.S. history and will provide $500 billion to distressed companies, $350 billion in small business loans and $250 billion in direct payments to individuals and families.

This Alert serves as a brief overview of a few of the important provisions of the CARES Act and IRS Notice 2020-18 that will have a significant impact on private equity funds and their portfolio companies moving forward.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

CARES Act Offers Small Businesses Relief Through Paycheck Protection Program

On the evening of March 25, 2020, the Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act legislation (CARES Act), providing over $2 trillion of relief designed to ease some of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. This legislation still requires approval from both the House and president, which is expected over the next few days. The relief package is the largest in history and includes relief for businesses and individuals.

This Alert highlights the small-business section of the CARES Act and the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides cash flow and liquidity through loan opportunities for small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors across various industries. Additional detail will be provided as the Small Business Administration drafts implementing regulations, which is required to occur within 15 days once the CARES Act becomes effective.

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Update – Small Business Administration Simplifies Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Note: This is an update to our previous Alert on this subject.

The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program continues to evolve rapidly. The SBA website now shows a simplified EIDL application process with a reduced number of forms that initially need to be submitted.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

Small Business Administration Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest, long-term loans to small businesses in states and territories of up to $2 million each to provide assistance to businesses located in a declared disaster area as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These loans are called  “Economic Injury Disaster Loans” or EIDLs. These loans are intended to provide relief from substantial economic injury caused directly by the disaster to fund working capital needs and help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which reviews key “nuts and bolts” aspects of the application process for these loans, please visit the firm website.

Amidst Coronavirus Chaos, Federal Student Loan Borrowers Catch a Break

As the coronavirus continues to impact jobs and financial stability across the nation, President Trump announced Friday that he will allow federal student loan borrowers to take a break from making their monthly payments without penalty for at least the next two months. The Education Department also announced that it would set the interest rates on all federally held student loans to zero until at least May 12.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Tanvi Shah, please visit the Duane Morris UpdatED Blog.

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