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The Impact of Tax Reform on Private Equity

If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that the future is hard to predict. One need only look at the ascendancy of Brexit, President Donald Trump, or even the New England Patriots in the second half of the Super...more

Quelles Consequences Sur Vos Contrats De Marche En Cas De Frexit ?

Avec une proportion non négligeable de candidats à la présidence de la France favorables à la sortie de l’Europe ou à la renégociation de certains traités, l’éventualité d’un Frexit au lendemain du Brexit n’a jamais été aussi...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

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On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

Revisiting the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act – Again

For the second time in two years, West Virginia’s legislature passes a bill to modify the state consumer protection law....more

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained some positive signs for Private Equity (PE) fund managers. These included potential lower corporate taxes, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

Securities Legislative Update – Elderly Investors 2017

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed rule aimed at preventing fraud and abuse of senior investors. On March 30, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-11, setting the effective date for the new rule as February 5, 2018. The...more

Will New Administration Speed VA Summary Prospectus?

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President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, could speed authorization of the variable annuity (VA) summary prospectus and related layered disclosure and shortened underlying fund report to shareholders. Doing so...more

Signs of an Active 2017 for Laws Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation

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The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)’s Model Legislation or Regulation to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation (Model Act) gained traction in 2016 and appears poised for even more...more

"DOL Finalizes Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule"

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule providing a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017, applicability date of its conflict of interest regulation (the so-called fiduciary rule) and related...more

“Path to Marijuana Reform” Legislation Introduced in Congress

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On March 30th, bipartisan U.S. lawmakers introduced a package of three marijuana reform bills collectively being called the “Path to Marijuana Reform” aimed to “pave the way for responsible federal regulation of the legal...more

Twin Peaks - Is it all uphill from here?

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The Financial Sector Regulation Bill - The Financial Sector Regulation Bill (the Bill), currently before parliament, is the first phase in implementing the Twin Peaks Retail Distribution Review (RDR) model, which...more

CFTC Initiates Project KISS

In remarks at a conference, CFTC Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced the CFTC’s intent to comply with an Executive Order which requires each agency to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer and establish a...more

BREXIT – IT’S REALLY HAPPENING – From Parliament in London

Barely thirty minutes after Prime Minister Theresa May commenced her address to Parliament at noon yesterday, Tim Barrow, the UK’s representative to the EU, hand delivered its Article 50 Notice to Donald Trusk, the President...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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A group of current and former Citizen Bank branch employees from five states has admitted to fabricating information about the results of the Bank’s much-touted “Citizens Checkup” program (in which real customers are invited...more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

New Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Trim The Fat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Trump’s executive order directs all federal agencies to point out where they can be trimmed down to meet his proposed budget. On Monday, March 13, President Trump signed Executive Order 13781...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Foreign Investment Under the Trump Administration

CFIUS has the power to unwind your M&A deal. That power will likely expand. That is the headline. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews acquisitions by foreign parties of “critical...more

Legislative Proposal Addresses Use of Blockchain Technology by Delaware Corporations

The Corporate Council of The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has prepared proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law to facilitate the use of block chain technology for...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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UK Supreme Court Rules UK Parliament Must Approve Brexit Notice to EU - Under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the process for the UK to leave the EU is commenced by service of a notice on the European Council, which starts...more

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: Changes in Store for SEC Enforcement under the Trump Administration

Even before President Trump’s nomination of Jay Clayton as the next Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), signs have been appearing that changes are afoot within the Division of...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained more than a few positive signs for Private Equity (PE) firms. Promises of a lower corporate tax environment, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

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