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RPFSS: Local Counsel Opinions (LIVE)


RPFSS Brown Bag: 2017 Local Counsel Opinions

Attendance in Person is encouraged, but if you need to attend via LIVE WEBCAST, please click here.

Date and Time: Friday, January 19, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: HSBA Main Conference Room, 1100 Alakea Street, 10th Floor
Credit: This seminar qualifies for 1 CLE Credit

$10 RPFSS Section Members (LIVE) (1 CLE Credit)

Attorneys may join the RPFSS Section to attend live and take advantage of the RPFSS Section Member rate, membership is $30* or may attend via LIVE WEBCAST, please click here.

*If you would like to join the RPFSS Section, please submit separate checks made out to HSBA for RPFSS Section membership payment and download this CLE Registration Form.

Registration Deadline: Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Register Early! As always, space is limited. 

Cancellation/Refunds: Cancellation requests must be received (in writing to cle@hsba.org or mail) by Wednesday, January 12, 2018 for a full refund.  There will be no refunds for No-Shows. 


Hawaii real estate attorneys often provide third party legal opinions in connection with loan transactions. This practice continues to evolve. Today there are considerable written resources to assist the opinion giver in rendering these opinions. This real estate and financial services section has endeavored to provide assistance to Hawaii attorneys giving such opinions since 1986 and published the Hawaii 2000 Report which guides counsel in transactions involving local borrowers with local banks. 

This presentation will focus on mainland borrowers borrowing money from mainland banks where Hawaii real estate is involved. When Hawaii attorneys are asked to provide a local counsel opinion, there should be a clear division of labor between the opinions to be provided by lead counsel from the mainland and the Hawaii counsel acting as local counsel.

This presentation will provide an overview of this division of labor with a focus on providing opinions only on those loan documents (or parts thereof) that are subject to Hawaii law and recommendations on how to provide such local counsel opinions.   


Raymond S. Iwamoto, Schlack Ito

RAYMOND S. IWAMOTO practices as a transactional lawyer, handling complex real estate and business transactions.He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers and served a three year term on its Board of Governors. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Superlawyers, and the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers. He is listed in the 14th Edition of Who's Who Legal: Real Estate 2017 as one of the leading real estate practitioners in the United States.

He represents local, national and international developers, land owners, financial institutions and individuals engaging in diverse real estate and business acquisitions, development and real estate financing in Hawaii. He has been engaged as an expert witness in real estate litigation.

Mr. Iwamoto was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from McKinley High School. He is a former U.S. Army Captain, Medical Service Corps., a Vietnam war veteran and a former State Judge Advocate General for the Hawaii Army National Guard.

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ADA Accommodation:  If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact us at cle@hsba.org or call 537-1868 and ask for the HSBA CLE Department at least 2 business days before the seminar.

Video Recording Release: By registering for this HSBA CLE Seminar, I hereby consent to the videotaping of myself and the recording of my voice and the use of such for HSBA's commercial or other business purposes. I further understand that the recorded video of this seminar will be made available for purchase and viewing on the HSBA website for 2 years form the date of the seminar.

Questions? Please contact HSBA CLE Department at 537-1868 or CLE@hsba.org. 

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