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Independent Manager Series – Part Two

I need an Independent Manager, now what?

Independent, ManagerIn the first part of the series I outline what the Independent Manager is, and what role they play with the LLC.  In this part of the series, I outline how a typical engagement proceeds.  Working with Incserv as an Independent Manager is easy.

      1.)  Initial Reach Out

Establishing an Independent Manager relationship is easy! – But it is an iterative process.  Before the engagement starts, we will need a copy of the Operating Agreement so we can learn what your needs and expectations are for the Independent Manager.  Clarifying questions or follow ups may fall out of this document.

      2.)  Complete an Engagement Contract

Once it is determined that we can assist with your needs, we will send an Engagement Contract.  This is a separate agreement that outlines each party’s role with respect to the relationship.

      3.)  Sign the Necessary Documentsindependent, Manager

Once the Engagement Contract and Operating Agreement are agreed upon, all parties sign the documents!  We will require a set of signed documents for our records, and we are complete.

We can move QUICKLY!  It is important to make us aware of any deadlines so we can make sure your expectations are met.  While engagements can usually be processed in hours, if the operating agreement is complex or if you need multiple managers, we may need additional time for document review.  It’s always best to reach out as soon as you are aware you will need a manager so we can begin the iterative process!

If you would like to learn more about the process, or are ready to hire an Independent Manager, you can reach out to us info@incserv.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Josh Twilley, President

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Independent Manager Series – Part One

Independent, ManagerIs an Independent Manager right for you?

With real estate markets heating up, there has been a growing number of requests for Independent Manager services.  This post outlines what this service is, and the next post in the series outlines how a typical Independent Manager engagement works.

An Independent Manager is one type of “Independent Representation” engagement that we offer – the others being Independent Director (in the case of a Corporate entity type), Springing Member (which is a dormant member/manager/director who is called into action if certain conditions are met), and Special Member (a broad term for an independent member whose role is defined in the operating agreement).  The Independent Manager refers specifically to a manager for an LLC.

What is an Independent Manager?

An Independent Manager is a manager of an LLC who is independent of the owner/operators of the LLC, and has no financial relationship with the LLC.  The operating agreement typically outlines the roles and responsibilities of the independent manager, which is usually very narrow in scope.  The independent manager is NOT an active manager of the entity, but generally sits in the background until needed.

Why would an entity require an Independent Manager?

The Independent Manager is generally a lender driven request – a bank or financier would require an Independent Manager to sit on the board and operate in the interest of the lender.  This interest is outlined in the operating agreement, but generally it is to prevent the LLC from going insolvent or declaring bankruptcy.  This is an added protection for the lender to make sure their investment is secure.

Are there other uses for an Independent Manager?

From time to time we receive requests for Independent Managers to be the sole manager of the entity – generally to keep the true owner hidden.  There are many risks associated with this type of engagement, and we will NOT contract for these purposes.

If you have any questions about the Independent Manager, feel free to email us at info@incserv.com!

Josh Twilley, President

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Independent Manager – Why?

In our blog “What is an Independent Manager?” we briefly touched on why an LLC would appoint an Independent Manager.independent manager - why? Before we dig a little deeper into the why of Independent Representation – did you know there are other names this special role goes by, dependent upon the type of entity? Independent Director, Springing Member, and Special Member are some of the other terms you will hear when referring to this special type of representation within a company’s board. An Independent Director and a Springing Member are both types of Special Members. A Springing Member is a member that sits dormant until an event triggers the need to bring the Member into action. This could then cause them to be an Independent Manager. For the sake of this blog, we’ll stick to discussing an Independent Manager on an LLC’s board of managers.

So, why appoint someone to this special role? There are various reasons for appointing this position, but a common motive for appointment is to protect the lender.    As an independent party with no financial relationship with the LLC, an Independent Manager simply fulfills their obligation as indicated in the operating agreement. This section of the operating agreement is drafted with consent by the lending party, so this independent party acts as a representative for the financial institution.

As long as there is a debt held by the lender or financial institution, the Independent Manager would remain active and required to vote in the interest of the lender or financial institution, including voting against bankruptcy, thus safeguarding the lender.

While the situations and names may vary, the role is rather consistent. If you have any questions about or need to appoint Independent Representation, just give us a call or email us.