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Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #21

EIOPA consults on infrastructure corporates - EIOPA is consulting on the Commission’s request for technical advice on the identification and calibration of “other infrastructure investment risk” categories. The...more

Class Certified in Unique Fixed Indexed Annuity Case

The creative theories of liability and damages on display in the recent certification of multiple classes suggest that the long run of annuity class actions is not over yet. Plaintiff in Abbit v. ING USA Annuity and Life...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #16

Payments UK launches Standards Collaboration Framework - Payments UK has launched a new Standards Collaboration Framework to help the industry better access and implement the standards it relies on. Payments UK also...more

Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Of Captive Reinsurance Dispute As Being Time-Barred

In early January, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment of a putative class action dispute regarding private mortgage insurance and captive reinsurance of the same by M&T. We previously blogged about...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #14

LCR corrigendum published in OJEU - A Corrigendum to amend implementing technical standards (ITS) under the capital requirements regime on the supervisory reporting of institutions of the liquidity coverage requirement...more

PHH v. CFPB: "What is a Kickback?"

On April 12, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in PHH Corporation’s (PHH) milestone legal battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau). During the argument,...more

Alabama Bill Expands Definition of Vehicle Service Contract

On April 4, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law HB 7, which amends Section 8-32-2 of the Code of Alabama. Specifically, the bill defines road hazard and expands the definition of a vehicle service contract to...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #12

Basel Committee reports on adoption of the Basel framework - The Basel Committee has published its tenth progress report on adoption of the Basel III regulatory framework as part of the Committee’s regulatory consistency...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #11

LSE updates AIM company rules to reflect EU MAR - LSE is consulting on an updated version of its Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rules for companies. These changes predominantly incorporate references to the incoming...more

44,000 FDIC customers’ data “inadvertently” taken by former employee

In a memo outlining a security incident as required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, the FDIC has admitted that the data of 44,000 FDIC customers was “inadvertently” taken by an employee as the...more

Joint Committee of ESAs Final RTS on Key Information Documents for PRIIPs

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on key information documents (KIDs) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #9

ESRB extends deadline for recommendations on funding credit institutions - ESRB has published a Recommendation which it adopted concerning changes to the set of recommendations on the funding of credit institutions. EBA...more

Pennsylvania Title Insurance Notice

Effective May 1, 2016, title insurance premiums and endorsement costs, as recommended by the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania, will increase by 12% across the board. This increase applies to both the sale and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

Office Of Financial Research Issues Brief Analyzing Disclosures By Insurers Of 2014 Data Related To Captive Transactions

On March 17, 2016, the Office of Financial Research, an agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 to analyze risk to the financial system, released a brief discussing “recent policy measures” by the NAIC “and the data that...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #7

PRA seeks views on equity release mortgages - PRA has issued a discussion paper seeking views on equity release mortgage valuation, capital treatment, risk management and associated matters. It is to consolidate views...more

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know About the New Fiduciary Regulation and Related PT Exemptions

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now - On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released a new definition of what constitutes a fiduciary to a retirement plan. While the new guidance clarified that certain...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

Blog: FCA Publishes 5 Case Studies, As Ban On Opt-Out Selling Comes Into Force

The FCA’s ban on opt-out selling across financial services, and its guidance on supporting informed decision making by add-on product buyers, came into force on 1 April 2016. The FCA has published 5 short case studies to...more

Regulatory and Litigation Trends Regarding Lender-Placed Insurance

In recent years, LPI has been the subject of significant New York state regulatory action resulting in consent decrees prohibiting certain practices that were alleged to raise insurance rates. Similar federal action on behalf...more

Life and Annuity Series: Cost-of-Insurance Charge Litigation

Plaintiffs' lawyers have been challenging cost-of-insurance (COI) charges for years, with mixed results. The following outline reviews the most recent flurry of cases. ...more

SPECIAL FEATURE — Buying or Selling Real Estate?

When you purchase real estate or obtain mortgage financing, you often have a choice of companies to perform required real estate title services. What is Title Insurance? Title insurance differs from other types of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #4

BoE speaks on international banks - Sarah Breeden spoke on “taming” international banks and how, in particular, the risks these banks pose can be managed in the absence of a single global banking regulator. She looked at...more

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