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"Disclosure of Political Contributions in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island"

The following describes the reporting requirements under Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island laws, which require certain corporate entities to file reports regarding their business relationships with state...more

Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more

Treasury and Commerce loosen Cuba embargo

In implementation of the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31...more

The Obama Administration Revises the Cuba Sanctions Regulations to Expand Trade Opportunities While Certain Law Makers Question...

On January 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) released important updates to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”). The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry...more

House Financial Services Committee approves oversight plan; Committee chair gets new subpoena authority

The House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously today to approve the Committee’s oversight plan for the 114th Congress. The plan provides that the Committee intends to continue its close examination of the...more

First Salvo by New Congress To Roll Back Dodd-Frank

The House of Representatives recently passed, by a vote of 271-154, legislation that includes a delay in the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019. The proposed change would add two years to the maximum extension...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Obama Administration Announces Regulatory Amendments to U.S. Cuba Sanctions

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (“CACR”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration...more

Four Key Voices in Washington’s Housing Finance Reform Debate

The 113th Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, 2014. Among its legislative shortcomings, including the last-minute failure to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (‘‘TRIA’’), was the inability to produce any meaningful reform to...more

Partial Relaxation of Cuban Sanctions: New Regulations Issued

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released new regulations that loosen restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba....more

Easing the Cuban Embargo: Automotive Industry Unlikely to Realize Any Immediate Benefit

The president’s recent announcement of plans to ease the 54-year old embargo of Cuba engendered great excitement and anticipation on the part of U.S. companies eager to do business in Cuba. However, although these proposed...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Changes in Cuba Policy"

Since the 1960s, the United States has maintained an embargo on Cuba that in many respects is the most comprehensive set of economic and trade restrictions on any country. On January 16, 2015, amendments to regulations issued...more

House Takes Action to Delay Volcker Rule

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would further delay the full implementation of the Volcker Rule – a highly controversial rule introduced under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

What Will the "New Chapter" in U.S.-Cuba Relations Entail?

On January 15, both the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published final rules implementing President Obama's initial reforms....more

Havana Hold Your Hand: Reaching Out to Cuban Entrepreneurs

New regulations on Cuba enter into force today, only 29 days after President Obama promised them. The liberalized provisions focus on support for private sector actors in Cuba. As we described here, the President announced on...more

House Passes Bill Implementing JOBS Act Changes (and Volcker Rule changes)

Today, the House voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, titled “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” Among other things, the bill includes a number of measures that correct issues arising in the JOBS...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

CalPERS Continues To Take Shots At The Press

I continue to be shocked at CalPERS’ vitriolic approach towards the press. In the last 12 months, CalPERS has taken on The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, several California metropolitan newspapers, several local newspapers,...more

FPPC Has Record Year for Enforcement Actions

Is compliance with state ethics laws, the Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090, declining? Or, is the FPPC getting better at ferreting out violations and violators? These questions arise in the wake of the...more

Democrats Fend Off Changes to Volker Rule and Derivative Matters

The political gamesmanship has begun. According to Maxine Walters “Republicans attempted to move a package of 11 bills that contained controversial changes to provisions relating to derivatives and Volcker rule. The...more

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S./Cuban Policy Changes

President Obama recently announced steps to ease the 54-year old embargo on Cuba and begin to restore diplomatic relations. The following frequently asked questions examine key issues from a policy and business...more

Life Insurers Gain Ground in Legislative Fix

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to pass legislation (H.R. 5461) intended to clarify capital standards for insurance companies under the supervision of the Federal Reserve Board. The bill, sponsored by...more

FPPC Amends Conflict of Interest Regulations

As part of a larger project, the Fair Political Practices Commission adopted language amending the set of regulations that identify the standards for determining what constitutes a material financial effect of a public...more

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