Drafting Escrow Agreements in Business & Commercial Transactions



  • Available Until 5/21/2022
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 05212019
  • MCLE Credits 1 + hours

Course Price: $65.00


Every escrow agreement has a degree of intrinsic uncertainty.  Whether the agreement is for the release of money, property title, software code, or something else, the escrow agent has to determine whether certain conditions have been met before releasing the property held in escrow.  Making those determinations always involves a degree of judgement; and that judgment is always subject to dispute.  In this sense, escrow agreements, which are intended to limit risk and enhance the certainty of a transaction, actually introduce another layer of risk, at least when they are not very carefully drafted to capture all the material details of the underlying transaction in as basic, clear and explicit terms as possible.  When the escrow agreement does not achieve this degree of clarity, the escrow agent may be caught in substantial dispute with one or several counter-parties, threatening the underlying transaction.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting escrow agreements in transactions.

  • Defining conditions for release of property in basic, clear, explicit terms to reduce risk
  • Drafting release instructions to tightly synchronize with the underlying transaction
  • Inherent risks involved with escrow agent determinations
  • Co-mingled and held in trust funds v. segregated funds
  • Timing – how drafting too early might miss key terms in the underlying agreement
  • Choosing the right escrow agent depending on the nature of the transaction
  • Reducing escrow agent through E&O or other insurance


Steven O. Weise is a partner in the Los Angeles office Proskauer Rose, LLP, where his practice encompasses all areas of commercial law. He has extensive experience in financings, particularly those secured by personal property.  He also handles matters involving real property anti-deficiency laws, workouts, guarantees, sales of goods, letters of credit, commercial paper and checks, and investment securities.  Mr. Weise formerly served as chair of the ABA Business Law Section. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC and as an Advisor to the UCC Code Article 9 Drafting Committee.  Mr. Weise received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.