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CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and...more

Shipping finance: recent French law legal updates

by White & Case LLP on

There have recently been significant developments in French maritime law, which will be of interest to all professionals involved in the maritime sector, and which aim to make the French maritime flag more attractive....more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...more

US Dramatically Increases Sanctions on North Korea

On September 21, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13810, which broadly expanded U.S. sanctions against North Korea. E.O. 13810 targets, among others, individuals and entities that are part of certain...more

Trump Administration Significantly Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On September 21, 2017, the White House announced additional sanctions against North Korea, following a new round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations on September 11 and an escalation of U.S. sanctions previously...more

US Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea; Non-US Persons Face Significantly Increased Risk

by Dentons on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump, in response to North Korea's nuclear activities, issued an Executive Order "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea” (EO). The EO provides for expansive designation...more

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Creates Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

In a time of shifting opinions on the benefits of globalization, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) offers an unexpected bright spot for multinational companies able and willing to participate in this...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

While the Journal considers the ever-growing list of headaches for Khosrowshahi, including a new federal bribery probe over potential Uber FCPA violations....more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

The “As-Is, Where-Is” Disclaimer – How Strong Is It?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A bank is planning to sell equipment collateral – either repossessed equipment taken after a borrower’s default or leased equipment that has been returned by a lessee at the end of the lease term. [In this article, the term...more

Sub-Prime Auto Loan Delinquencies Continue to Rise, but Experts Provide Divergent Views of Impact

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Nearly one year ago, we wrote about auto loan delinquencies’ potential impact on the automotive industry. Now, car sales are falling and auto loan delinquencies are making headlines again, with a growing number of subprime...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe? Part 2: North Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This article is a follow up to Bruce Wallace’s April 13, 2017 update, "Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?" regarding how insurance policies may not protect the credit union’s lien. Specifically, Mr. Wallace’s update dealt with...more

The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...more

Federal Court Rules That the Ship Mortgage Act Preempts State Law Protecting Permits From Becoming Security Interest

by Lane Powell PC on

Last month, in Bank of the Pacific v. F/V ZOEA, 2017 WL 823298, Case No. 3:15-cv-05758-RSL, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the federal Ship Mortgage Act, 46 U.S.C. §§ 31321...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Insurance policies may not protect the credit union's lien - Today’s insurance world is a complicated scene. Insureds have more choice than ever for insurance coverage. If a federal credit union has a lien on a motor...more

Forum on China Africa Cooperation

by Dentons on

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is an official forum between the People’s Republic of China and the states in Africa. FOCAC holds a Ministerial conference every three years and holds a Summit every nine years....more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: Six steps to non-core infrastructure success

by White & Case LLP on

Infrastructure funds are increasing their capital allocations to non-core sectors, although in doing so they will need to take on increased risk and operate outside an established regulatory environment. There are six steps...more

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to Settle SEC Disclosure Law Violations - Agrees to Admit Wrongdoing and Pay Penalty for...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Jan. 10, 2017, that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay a $400,000 penalty in connection with...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Federal regulators unveiled a proposal yesterday that would push the country’s biggest banks and other “critical financial companies” to shore up cybersecurity protocols, to prevent hacks, and to have a recovery plan at the...more

Monarch - A royal reprieve or a stay of execution?

by DLA Piper on

On Wednesday 12 October it was reported that Monarch secured an extension to its ATOL licence following in-depth negotiations with the CAA and a £165 million injection of capital from its major shareholder, Greybull Capital....more

Could Rise in Auto Loan Delinquencies Signal Cooldown in Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The summer yielded mixed economic signals for the auto industry. On the plus side, U.S. unemployment rates and interest rates remain low. However, auto sales at several auto manufacturers, including Ford and GM, slipped in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief - 9.2.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Turns out that the Anbang Insurance Group—the powerful Chinese insurer that’s made plenty of Brief appearances for its massive bids on US hotels, among others—really does live up to its air of mystery, with many of its...more

Brexit: Three key points for the infrastructure sector

by Dentons on

With recent falls in the value of sterling causing price rises for some imported materials, the UK's infrastructure market is already seeing the impact of one generic issue that affects most domestic businesses. Depending on...more

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