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Syndicated loans are regularly used to raise large amounts of capital to finance business ventures. Depending upon how the syndication is structured, there is risk that the facility could be viewed as a security offering thereby injecting a significantly greater level of regulatory oversight into the transaction. In an important recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reviewed a $1.7 billion syndicated loan and provided a helpful analytical framework for determining whether applicable securities laws were called into play. See, Kirschner v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 22327 (2d Cir. Aug. 24, 2023). In so doing, the court affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s decision that notes issued from the syndicated loan transaction were not securities under the application of the test set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reves v. Ernst & Young, 494 U.S. 56 (1990).
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