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Top Ten Steps to Fast Tracking Your Bank’s Political Activity Compliance Plan

In today’s political climate, smart banks take a proactive approach to educating officers, employees and board members about political activity compliance. Just as a bank’s code of conduct addresses sexual harassment, privacy...more

Germany's Draft Bill on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions: Potential Consequences for Businesses on Both the Legal...

On April 1, 2014, the German cabinet (Bundeskabinett) agreed upon a draft bill on combating late payment in commercial transactions in order to transform certain articles of the Directive 2011/7/EU1 into German law. The...more

Private Fund Update - April 14, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Bill to create CFPB small business advisory board introduced

A bill to require the CFPB to establish a small business advisory board was recently introduced by Republican Congressmen Robert Pittenger and Denny Heck....more

Ukraine-related sanctions – a month in: Key issues for financial institutions

What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia? Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have been almost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more

FEC Publishes Post-McCutcheon Revised Contribution Limits For 2013-2014

The Federal Election Commission's revised federal contribution limits for 2013-2014 removed any reference to the biennial aggregate limit which was recently stuck down by the Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. FEC. ...more

Last Week At The FEC: Agreement On Dormant Funds But Confrontation Over Enforcement

Last week the Federal Election Commission held an executive session on April 1 and an open meeting on April 3. It adopted a revised Advisory Opinion regarding the use of dormant funds by the Solano County Democratic Central...more

Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a...more

Private Fund Update - April 7, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Starving the Bear: The United States Restricts Exports to Russia

The pressure on Russia continues to build. As we previously reported here and here, throughout March, the United States and other Western powers implemented a series of sanctions against individuals and entities deemed to be...more

Ukraine Sanctions and Aid Bill Passes into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act supplements the three Executive Orders authorizing...more

U.S. and UK Take Modest Steps to Restrict Exports to Russia

The Obama Administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank. Additionally, with little fanfare, the...more

A Potential Fork in the Road: US and EU Sanctions Relating to the Ukrainian Crisis

Both the United States and the European Union have issued calibrated Ukraine-related sanctions as a direct response to the recent political upheaval in Ukraine. Although both US and EU sanctions target certain persons for...more

Certain Trade with Russia on Hold

The Obama administration announced this week that companies with pending license requests to export certain controlled dual-use goods or technology, defense articles or defense services to Russia will face an indefinite hold...more

Responding to the Ukraine Situation: A Time to Update All International Trade Policies and Agreements

Over the last several years, the United States and other countries have constantly changed international trade regulations in response to ongoing foreign events. Now, in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine,...more

Private Fund Update - March 31, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Turmoil In Ukraine (Part II): U.S. Halts Export Licenses For Dual-Use And Defense Items To Russia; Congress Acts To Codify And...

U.S. government agencies announced this week that they have suspended issuing export licenses to companies sending or releasing sensitive goods, services and technology to Russia. This development will prevent companies from...more

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia in Light of Crisis in Ukraine

In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision earlier this month to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders authorizing the...more

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill Part Five: Net Operating Losses and Tax Credits

This is the fifth installment of a series that takes an inside look at the corporate tax reform proposals in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014–15 New York Budget Bill. This proposed reform is sweeping and, if enacted, is likely to...more

Foreign Private Investment in Russia? “Nyet!” In Ukraine? “Da!”

The recent developments in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea are not only politically significant, but have a real potential to alter global trading relationships for years to come. As events continue to unfold in...more

Issuance of a new Ukraine-related Executive Order

As you know, sanctions have profound ripple effects and with the U.S. response to the continuing crisis in Crimea, it is imperative you ensure that these newly-ordered sanctions dont trickle down to doing business with your...more

Canadian Sanctions Target Former Ukrainian Government Officials

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued a notice dated March 5, 2014, directing banks, trust companies, insurers and other federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) to immediately...more

Proposed Carried Interest Legislation Takes A Different Approach

On February 26, 2014, U.S. Rep. David Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 (TRA 2014), which would provide for the most significant tax reform since the...more

Political Law Briefing - March 2014

In this issue: - The Return of Party Soft Money? - The FEC Increases the Lobbyist Bundling Threshold and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from The Return of Party...more

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