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Baskets and Escrow in Business Transactions

May 8, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Identifying and hedging the risk of the unknown is one of the biggest risks in business documentation.  If unknown liabilities arise – or known liabilities are greater than anticipated –parties want recourse to address the economic loss.  “Caps” and “baskets” are used to address this problem.  Caps are the the total amount for which one party may be liable to the other party post-closing. “Baskets” are the amount of loss one party must incur, if any, before seeking recourse to the other party. The variations and interplay between caps and baskets can be highly complex. This program will provide you with a practical guide to the uses, types, and drafting traps of caps and baskets in business transactions.

Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hour


  • Types of “baskets” – “tipping baskets” v. “true deductibles” v. hybrids
  • Negotiating “caps” – aggregates limits, specific carve-outs for fraud and other bad acts
  • Intricate relationship between baskets and caps
  • Drafting to reduce risk of dispute and enhance collectability of claims
  • Use of escrow to ensure payment of indemnification claim


Steven O. Weise, Proskauer Rose, LLP – Los Angeles, California