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Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...more

New Accounting Rules Regarding AUPs Taking Effect May 1, 2017:  More Fun for a Battered Industry

The Auditing Standards Board (the “ASB”) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants recently released new standards as part of the “Attestation Clarity Project” with the goal of redrafting all its standards “in...more

Deal Agent: A Structural Enhancement to Private Label RMBS

The U.S. Treasury Department (the “Treasury”) views a healthy private label residential mortgage-backed securities (“PLS”) market as “an important component of a reformed, safe, and sustainable housing finance system that...more

Three Things You Should Know about Negative Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve announced last Wednesday that it is leaving the federal funds rate where it is, for now. While the United States is pondering interest rate hikes, other parts of the world are plunging further into...more

Potential Relief for CMBS Risk Retention Sent to the U.S. House of Representatives

The “Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act of 2016” (the “Act”), sponsored by Representative French Hill (R-AR), was reported favorably to the House of Representatives on March 2, 2016 by the House Committee on Financial...more

RMBS Risk Retention is Here

It's official. Risk retention became effective for residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) on December 24, 2015. Since the final rules (the “Rules”) were issued, there has been a lot of talk throughout the broader...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Overvalued Properties in Bankruptcy

An overvalued property may now have a bigger impact on a secured creditor’s bottom-line during bankruptcy. Splitting with the Seventh Circuit, the Fifth Circuit in Southwest Securities, FSB v. Segner (In the Matter of...more

Three Important Structured Finance Court Decisions of 2015

The courts have been busy this year, handing down several key decisions which have affected the structured finance landscape.  Among them are Omnicare, Ace Securities and Madden.  In the grand tradition of the Golden Turkey...more

MERS: Better Than a Faster Horse

MERSCORP, Inc. (“MERS”) has been under fire for years. We wrote about it a while back when residential mortgage borrowers challenged the ability of MERS to foreclose on mortgages it held on the theory that MERS, as a mere...more

Three Top Considerations After Omnicare

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U. S. ____ (2015), the Supreme Court clarified issuer liability under §11 of the Securities Act. Section 11 provides that issuers are...more

PACE Yourself

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans allow property owners to finance clean energy improvements to their properties generally secured by property liens senior to mortgages through tax assessments. Moody’s recently...more

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