April 15, 2020Articles

Don’t Just Do Something—Stand There! A Modest Proposal for a Model Standstill/Tolling Agreement

Business Law Today, American Bar Association's Business Law Section

As we write, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound, and profoundly unpredictable, effect on the economy**.  We profess no knowledge as to what lies ahead, or the timetable on which it will unfold. Indeed, this unknowing is precisely what led us to produce the model standstill and tolling agreement...



**Jonathan C. Lipson is the Harold E. Kohn Professor of Law at, Temple University-Beasley School of Law, where he teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, Corporations, Commercial Law, Lawyering for Entrepreneurship, International Business Transactions, and a variety of other business law courses.  Professor Lipson is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and is active with the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association where he is currently a member of its Council and, from 2011 to 2017, he was Section Content Officer.

Norman M. Powell is a partner in the Delaware law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where his practice includes formation of and service as Delaware counsel to corporations, limited liability companies, and statutory trusts, and the delivery of legal opinions relating to such entities, security interests, and other matters of Delaware law. Mr. Powell is a member of the American Law Institute, the immediate past-president of the America College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a member of the Permanent Editorial Board on the Uniform Commercial Code, and is active with the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, for which he currently serves as Section Content Officer.