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● Methods for securing repayment.
● Economic analysis of security interests.
● Fixed and floating charges.
● Financial collateral arrangements.
Methods for securing repayment
● Recall the Net Present Value ("NPV") rule:
○ NPV = F0 + E(F)/(1 + E(ri)).
○ E(F) = n∑j=1pjFj
This is the weighted average of the all the possible payoffs that will be made by the borrower on the loan.
● How does the introduction of security affect our calculation?
○ The lender has recourse to the secured assets if the borrower is unable to meet its obligations in full.
■ But the lender can only access the secured assets to the extent that is necessary to satisfy the borrower's obligations; it is not entitled to any excess in the proceeds above the amount is owed by the borrower.
○ This leads to an increase in E(F), and therefore a decrease in both variance and standard deviation.
● Personal security (by way of a personal guarantee):

○ The guarantee can be made either by the borrower's shareholders, or the borrower's subsidiaries.
○ The former is more commonly used in SMEs and family-run companies, whilst the latter is more commonly used in substantial public companies (because the cash flow generating assets are mostly held by the operating subsidiaries and no the parent itself).
● Proprietary security:

○ It is not based on a guarantor's personal liability for the obligations of a third party.
○ Here, we are concerned with the possibility of dedicating the assets of the borrower (or of third parties, such as the borrower's subsidiaries) to the repayment of the outstanding loan.
○ Security interests proper:
■ Certain formalities required for creation and enforcement.
■ Mandatory risk-and-reward structured.
■ Can be in the form of a pledge, a contractual lien, a mortgage, or an equitable charge.
○ Title-based finance:
■ This is based on a transfer of title rather than the registration any formal security interests. The secured party is accordingly entitled to exercise all the rights associated with ownership.
■ No formalities other than the transfer of title.
■ No mandatory enforcement rules.
■ Risk-and-reward structure subject to the parties' autonomy.
■ Enormous flexibility.
■ All these advantages of title-based financing means that it may be more attractive to a lender than. But note the problem of recharacterisation (into a security interest proper): the court may hold that they parties have actually created a registrable charge (which must be registered within a certain time limit), and, because the parties have not done so, the security interest is therefore ineffective.
● Types of property:
○ Immovable property (i.e. real property or realty).
■ This includes chattels reals and leasehold interests.
○ Movable property (i.e. personal property). These may be:
■ Tangible (e.g. chattels, choses in possession, goods);
■ Intangible (e.g. choses in action);
■ Pure intangibles (e.g. receivables, intellectual property); or
■ Documentary intangibles (e.g. documents of title, negotiable instruments, investment securities).
Economics of security interests
● The intersection between law and economics:
○ This is the predominant approach in the US; most of the teaching looks at law and economics together instead of black-letter law alone.
● How else can a lender reduce risk if not by taking security?
○ By monitoring the borrower and the other lenders.
■ Why the borrower? So as to understand its financial situation.
■ Why other lenders? So as to ascertain if they are moving towards enforcement, and to secure for himself the "first mover advantage".
■ The consequences: High monitoring costs + Enforcement by any single lender leads to a wave of enforcement by all other lenders that forces the borrower into insolvency.
○ By having collective insolvency proceedings.
○ By premature liquidation.
○ By not lending at all.
● The consequences of having security:
○ The situation without security:
■ No security = High monitoring costs, because risk-averse lenders must continuously monitor the borrower's financial situation = High cost of credit = Reduced availability (and affordability) of credit.
○ How does the secured lending change this?
■ Reduction of monitoring costs by securing credit;
■ Reduced risk of default;
■ Reduced costs of borrowing;
■ Increased availability and affordability of credit;
■ More borrowing to finance public infrastructure projects; and
■ Society as a whole is thus better off.
● Consider: Are there any arguments against this? How can the use of secured credit

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