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WebCredenza 2024 Equipment leases: Drafting and UCC Article 2A issues

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study


Recording available after original program date, 4/18/2024    

Many companies lease rather than buy computers and servers, company cars and other capital equipment. These leases are governed by UCC Article 2A, an intricate set of provisions governing their validity, treatment, and enforcement. If the lease is not properly drafted to comply with the UCC, it risks being re-characterized as a sale or a security interest, which gives rise to substantially adverse financial and tax consequences. This program will also provide you with a practical guide to reviewing equipment leases, including spotting red flags and avoiding recharacterization.

  • Types of equipment leases – “true” leases, synthetic leases, “lease to own” arrangements, and more.
  • Spotting red flags of financeable leases – and how to ensure UCC 2A compliance.
  • Rights and obligations of the parties – manufacturer, lessor and lessee – and remedies for breach.
  • Circumstances leading to re-characterization of a “true lease” as a sale or financing.
  • Adverse financial, tax and practical ramifications of lease re-characterization.    

Opinions and positions stated by presenters of MoBarCLE programs are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. This program is intended as information for lawyers in Missouri, in conjunction with other research they deem necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment.
Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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