Banking Misconduct Blog


Is Your Bank Unsafe? (Lender Liability Post)

Between 1990 and today, some 8500 banks have disappeared. (Since the banking crisis in 2008, 525 banks have closed by regulators according to problembanklist.com) In most instances, FDIC insurance will protect deposits. The real harm often comes to commercial borrowers.
 
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CMBS for Novice Investors

Understanding Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) can be a daunting task for the novice investor. As lender liability lawyers, we grapple with complex loan arrangements daily. We understand the jargon, the many different players in a CMBS transaction and how all the pieces fit together....

CMBS Delinquencies Increase – What Can Borrowers Do?

January 2017 was another bad month for CMBS delinquencies. The percentage of loans financed with commercial mortgage backed securities that are now considered delinquent once again creeped over 3.00%. According to the trade publication Mortgage Daily, the long term outlook is even...

Brace for More CMBS Loan Defaults

We have written many articles on this blog highlighting the myriad of problems facing borrowers with projects financed by Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) loans. Most of these loans were written in 2006 and 2007 and carried a 10 year loan term. That means they are coming due now or in...

Another CMBS Investor Deal Heads to Special Servicer LNR Partners

Back in 2006, investing in the Little Rock Regions Bank Building sounded like a great deal. That year, the real estate market nationwide was quite hot. Few knew that within two years, the bubble would burst. In September of that year, a company called NNN 400 Capitol Center and several dozen...

More Bad News for CMBS Real Estate Investors

The real estate industry is quite cyclical. Unfortunately, many investors who participated in the last round of shopping center construction are finding themselves in trouble. Worse, many are in deep trouble but don’t even know it. While institutional investors may be better prepared to...

Non Payment Defaults in the Energy Service Sector

With a record number of defaults in the oil and gas sector, banks and other lenders are pulling back on loans and credit lines. And not just to the oil and gas companies. The entire energy sector is feeling the pain including oil field service companies. Typically banks won’t call a loan...

Can a Lender Declare a Nonpayment Default Because of “Political Risk”?

If most business owners ever bothered to read the fine print in bank loan documents, they would be shocked. Unlike residential lending which has come under increased scrutiny since the 2008, commercial lending is still the Wild West of the banking world. And usually it is the bank that has far more...

Manipulating Collateral Value to Force Default

Here is a dirty trick sometimes used by banks; manipulate the value of collateral to force a default, obtain more collateral or both. In many commercial loans, lenders require a borrower to maintain a certain value of collateral to secure their loan. Sometimes an unscrupulous bank will artificially...

When Foreclosure Leads to Suicide- Wrongful Foreclosure Post

Foreclosure disrupts lives and families. Credit is ruined, families often split and years of hard work is lost with just one rap of a gavel. Beyond the dollars and cents, there is another cost of foreclosure, the loss of one’s physical and emotional health. Some folks rebound quickly while...