Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Program

On April 30th, the Federal Reserve Board announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending Program to help small and medium-sized businesses. The expansion adds additional loan options for businesses and increases the maximum size of businesses eligible for support under the program.  Although no start date for the expanded program has been announced yet, highlights of the expansion are:

  • Creating a new loan option, with increased risk sharing for borrowers with greater leverage;
  • Lowering certain loan minimums to $500,000; and
  • Expanding the pool of eligible businesses.

The Federal Reserve Board has published FAQs related to the program and you can read and download a copy at Main Street Lending Program – Frequently Asked Questions.

The US Chamber of Commerce has also published a guide to the program and you can read and download a copy at USCC Guide to Main Street Lending Program.

Once these expanded options are launched, there will be a total of three loan options—referred to as new, priority, and expanded and you can read more information about each of these loan options here:

Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF)

Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF)

Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF)

While there are different criteria and parameters for each of these loan options, lenders will be able to apply industry-specific expertise and underwriting standards to measure a borrower’s income and under the new program,  businesses with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in annual revenue are now eligible.

As always, if you want more information or need assistance feel free to contact me Joe Rosenbaum, or any of the Rimon Law lawyers with whom you regularly work.  Stay well. Stay safe!

 

 

OFAC Targets Sports & Entertainment Figures

Jill Williamson, Partner, Rimon, P.C.

On August 9, 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Treasury Department, issued a Press  Release and identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, also known as the Kingpin Act. OFAC also designated a large number of individuals and 42 entities for involvement with, and acting as fronts for, Raul Flores Hernandez.

Many of these individual and entities are in the sports and entertainment industries, including  professional soccer player, Rafael Marquez Alvarez (Rafa Marquez), Mexican singer Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo (Julion Alvarez), Mexican Soccer Club Club Deportivo Morumbi and the Grand Casino Guadalajara.

As of the issuance date of these designations, no U.S. persons, companies, nor any individuals in the US, are allowed to conduct transactions with these individuals or entities.  Penalties under the Kingpin Act can run as high as $10MM per violation, with individual violators subject to imprisonment for up to 30 years.  Even civil penalties for inadvertent violations can run over $1M per violation.  It is worth noting that OFAC violations are based on strict liability.

If you would like more information, a better understanding or need guidance regarding compliance with these regulations, contact Jill M. Williamson, a Rimon Law Partner based in Washington, DC. Of course you can always contact me, Joe Rosenbaum, or any of the lawyers at Rimon with whom you regularly work.