Stephen Lessard

Stephen Lessard

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Orrick's Derivatives in Review - June 2015

NYDFS Finalizes BitLicense Regulations - On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services released its final BitLicense regulations, which it described as "the first comprehensive framework for regulating...more

6/16/2015 - BitLicense CFTC Department of Financial Services Derivatives End-Users IRS Mandatory Clearing Requirements Payment Schedules SEC Securitization Security-Based Swaps SPVs Trade Options

IRS Scripts a New Tune with Final Whistleblowing Regulations

Section 7623 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), added in 1954, authorizes the Treasury Secretary to pay an award as he deems necessary for “(1) detecting underpayments of tax, or (2) detecting and bringing to trial...more

9/4/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions IRC IRS U.S. Treasury Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New...more

7/31/2014 - Corporate Taxes Digital Assets Franchise Taxes Popular State Taxes Tax Reform

IRS Issues Temporary Regulations on the Application of the Straddle Rules to Debt Instruments

On September 5, the IRS issued temporary regulations on the application of the straddle rules to debt instruments (the "Temporary Regulations"). The Temporary Regulations provide that a taxpayer's obligation under a debt...more

10/16/2013 - Debt Foreign Currency IRS

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