ELFA Unveils Agenda for 2022 Legal Forum

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association unveiled the agenda for its 2022 Legal Forum, which will be held May 1 to May 3 in Washington, D.C. The forum will provide attorneys serving the equipment finance industry with updates on legal issues, practical takeaways for their daily practices and discussions of key market segments.

“The Legal Forum is the go-to for current legal updates affecting our industry, as well as the gateway for introduction to the best and most cutting-edge ways of using the law to build equipment finance success stories,” Jeanette Dannenfelser, chair of the ELFA’s legal committee, which plans and hosts the forum, said. “It’s terrific because this year we are all back in person, which allows us to grow meaningful connections between fellow lawyers and clients and really understand on a visceral level the needs and heartbeat of the industry. I look forward to greeting everyone at the forum!”

Breakout and roundtable sessions at the Legal Forum will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Avoid e-Problems: How to Go Digital, Electronically Sign and Navigate Common Industry Mistakes
  • Current Trends and Issues in Syndications
  • Emerging Technology
  • ESG with a Focus on E-Financing Opportunities: Solar Energy, Windfarm and Electric Vehicles
  • Federal Regulation and State Disclosure
  • Soft Skills to Emerging Talent
  • Trends in Cross-Border Transactions
  • UCC Advanced
  • UCC: Are You Smarter Than a Law Student?
  • Valuation, Experts, Post-Fulton and Sanctions: Practical Bankruptcy Tips from Both Sides of the Bench
  • Who Wants to Be a Leasing Lawyer?
  • Air, Rail, Marine Roundtable
  • Crisis Management Roundtable
  • Government Finance: Municipal and Tribal Roundtable
  • Internal Counsel/Outside Counsel Partnership Roundtable
  • Motor Vehicles Roundtable
  • Legal “Ted Talks” on Hot Topics, including the LIBOR transition, master lease issues, supply chain issues and the growth of “embedded terms” in equipment finance

General Sessions will address:

  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: A Legal Perspective
  • Ethics Issues for Equipment Finance Lawyers
  • Legal Update on Recent Case Law and Statutory Developments
  • State of the Association and State of the Industry
  • The UCC: New! Improved!

The form will also host its first annual trivia competition, “It’s All Legal!” Attendees will compete for prizes in this legal-inspired trivia game. In addition, a variety of networking opportunities will be held, including a networking reception, an emerging talent and newcomers reception and a women in leasing reception.

The planning committee for the 2022 ELFA Legal Forum includes:

  • Jeanette Dannenfelser, Vice President and General Counsel, Summit Funding Group (Committee Chair)
  • Scott Adams, Director of Legal and Compliance, Global Senior Counsel, Volvo Financial Services
  • Vincent Borst, Shareholder, Robbins DiMonte
  • Eileen Brown, Partner, Thompson Coburn
  • Alexandra Dressman, Counsel and Senior/Assistant Vice President, Huntington Equipment Finance
  • Kristin Esche, Associate Chief Counsel, John Deere Financial
  • Arlene Gelman, Shareholder, Vedder Price.
  • Barbara Goodstein, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Marc Hamroff, Partner, Moritt Hock & Hamroff
  • Alexis Levine, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon
  • Dominic Liberatore, Deputy General Counsel, DLL (Subcommittee Chair)
  • David Miele, Chief Administrative Officer, Citizens Asset Finance, a division of Citizens Bank
  • Lisa Moore, Senior Counsel, PNC Equipment Finance (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Molly Simon, Senior Corporate Counsel, U.S. Bank
  • Richard Tannenbaum, Partner, Reed Smith

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