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The most recent installment of this Workouts 101 series discussed lenders’ business review of loans when they are considering workouts, and gave an overview of early stage moves frequently used by lenders.  This post provides an overview of the negotiations and documentation of a workout agreement from the lender’s side.Negotiating the workout. Based on its business and legal reviews concerning the loan, and any additional information provided by the borrower, the lender and its counsel will negotiate a workout.  Typically, the parties work off one or more expressly non-enforceable terms sheets which set out the basic terms and conditions.  Usually the basic framework of the workout deal is based on ideas proposed by the borrower.  Many lenders are concerned that if they make the first offer of workout terms, but ultimately are not able to agree on all terms for a loan modification or workout with the borrower, the borrower may later claim that the project failed because the lender overstepped its appropriate boundaries by telling the borrower what to do. Regardless of who makes the first offer, however, many issues need to be addressed, including the following:

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