Don’t Underestimate The Scope Of A Bad Boy Guaranty

November 27, 2012Law360

In the bygone days of pure nonrecourse financing, if a borrower was unable or failed to perform its obligations under the mortgage loan documents, lenders would look solely to the underlying collateral for the recovery of the debt. In that scenario, lenders were essentially out of luck if the value of the collateral fell to a level below the outstanding balance of the mortgage debt. To add insult to injury, many lenders quickly learned that this lack of personal liability enabled, and in some instances encouraged, distressed borrowers to covertly siphon cash out of the property in the months leading up to a default. Enter the bad boy guaranty.