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    Legal Opinions: How to Stay Out of Trouble

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    When business lawyers are asked by a client to give a legal opinion to a non-client (for example at the closing of a debt or equity financing), the opinion giver is entering a different liability regime than in advising her client. The work done to give a third party legal opinion and the wording of typical opinion paragraphs matter a great deal, as do customary assumptions, exceptions and qualifications that accompany those opinion paragraphs.

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    This program will examine opinions commonly requested and given, and will discuss their customary meaning and the work customarily done to support them. The panel will also discuss resources available to guide opinion givers and counsel for opinion recipients.

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    Web

    Date

    Nov 26, 2019

    2019-11-26T13:00:00-05:00 2019-11-26T14:30:00-05:00 Legal Opinions: How to Stay Out of Trouble

    When business lawyers are asked by a client to give a legal opinion to a non-client (for example at the closing of a debt or equity financing), the opinion giver is entering a different liability regime than in advising her client. The work done to give a third party legal opinion and the wording of typical opinion paragraphs matter a great deal, as do customary assumptions, exceptions and qualifications that accompany those opinion paragraphs.

    Speakers

    Ettore Santucci

    Goodwin

    Steven Weise

    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Steven O. Weise, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles, CA

    Steven O. Weise is a partner in the corporate department and practices in all areas of commercial law. His experience in financing is extensive, especially in those secured by personal property, including structured financing. He also handles matters involving California real property anti-deficiency laws, workouts, guarantees, sales of goods, equipment leasing, commercial paper and checks, letters of credit and investment securities. His experience covers e-commerce, contract law (including "plain English" drafting), legal opinions and consumer credit law compliance matters. In addition, he lectures widely on commercial law topics and legal opinion letters and is the author of over 100 articles on these topics.

    Sylvia Chin

    White & Case LLP

    Sylvia Fung Chin

    Sylvia Chin is partner/of counsel in White & Case’s New York office.  Her practice involves corporate and commercial financing with an emphasis on asset-based financing transactions.

    In the areas of project financing and leveraged leases, she has represented lenders, lessees, lessors and equity investors in leases involving aircraft, oil-drilling equipment, satellites and other equipment and in projects involving cogeneration, waste-to-energy, alternative energy, hydroelectric and manufacturing facilities.

    She also has extensive experience in asset securitizations and has advised issuers, investors, placement agents, credit enhancers and fiduciaries in connection with the securitizations of aircraft, microfinance loans, project loans, credit cards, auto receivables, equipment and real estate leases and other assets.

    She handles a variety of other corporate matters including high yield bond deals, debt private placements, 144A offerings, letters of credit, corporate and partnership organizations, reorganizations and asset acquisitions and frequently lectures on legal opinion and UCC matters.

    Sylvia chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and is Vice Chair of the Section’s Project Finance and Development Committee.  In addition, she serves as Co-Chair of the First Judicial District of the New York Bar Foundation, President of the Asian American Law Fund of New York, vice-president of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a director of the NAPABA Law Foundation, a trustee of the Fordham Law Alumni Association and on the governing committee of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity.  She is a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA Legal Opinions Committee, the Tribar Opinions Committee, and the Association Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions.  She also served as President of the American College of Investment Counsel, President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, President of the NAPABA Law Foundation, Board Secretary of Women’s World Banking, Treasurer of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Director of the New York County Lawyers Association.  Sylvia founded and chairs the Firm’s Asian Affinity Group and has been instrumental in producing two videos entitled Kicking Glass from the Courtroom to the Boardroom and Kicking Glass Two Decades Later, dealing with perspectives of Asian American Women Attorneys.

    Sylvia is a cum laude graduate of Fordham University School of Law and teaches secured transactions and corporate drafting as an adjunct professor at Fordham.  Her awards include the CLEO Legacy Diversity Award, the Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award from Fordham Law Review, the NAPABA Northeast Region Trailblazers Award, the Fordham Law Women Distinguished Alumna Award and the Pace Law School AALSA Achievement Award.  She is listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers, Top Women Lawyers in the New York Metro Area and New York metro Super Lawyers.  She is married to another lawyer Edward Chin and is the proud mother of two sons Arthur and Benjamin.

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