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“E-Problems” and New Challenges on ELFA Legal Forum Agenda, May 1-3

Posted 04/27/2022

ROCHESTER NY, APRIL 28, 2022—Today many equipment finance companies use e-signatures routinely in business transactions, but e-signing and e-leasing are not the same thing, and the the differences may lead to legal issues in court. A panel of experts at the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA) Legal Forum, on May 2 to be moderated by The Alta Group’s Paul Bent, will cover these differences and best practices when it comes to e-signatures, e-vaults and e-leasing.

The annual event to be held in Washington, D.C. May 1-3 begins with a legal update, then over the course of this three-day event discussion will delve into wide-ranging topics through break-out sessions, roundtables and some new interactive formats.

Bent, who heads Alta’s Legal Services and Business Assessment Practice, said that in the e-leasing panel he will pose challenging questions to his two fellow panelists—Dominic Liberatore, deputy general counsel of DLL, and Robert Cohen, a partner in Moritt Hock & Hamroff, who are seasoned veterans in the field. The session, “Avoid e-Problems: How to Go Digital, Electronically Sign and Navigate Common Industry Mistakes, “ could also be a primer for anyone new to e-leasing.

While legal topics may be perceived by non-legal executives as complex—even dry—some Legal Forum sessions will be introduced in a lively way. For example, there is a program titled “Are you Smarter than a Law Student?” And there is even a game show session on the agenda, “Who wants to be a Leasing Lawyer?”

Other topics include developments in the Uniform Commercial Code, cross-border transactions, state disclosure laws,  emerging technology, ESG (environmental, social, governance) and DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion). Roundtables on motor vehicles as well as on aircraft, rail and marine assets enable a specific focus on key markets.

This event –the first one in person since the pandemic—will also include a new session titled “It’s All Legal,” featuring a trivia competition.


About The Alta Group

The Alta Group is the leading global consultancy dedicated exclusively to the business of equipment leasing and asset finance. Since 1992, Alta has represented equipment leasing and finance companies, vendor/captive finance organizations, financial institutions, manufacturers, fintechs and service providers, offering counsel on strategy and competitive alignment, asset management, business quality assurance, digital business transformations, legal services, mergers and acquisitions, and professional development. For information on the group’s services in the United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, China and Asia Pacific, visit www.thealtagroup.com and follow us on Twitter @thealtagroupllc.

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