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Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On the heels of Deutsche Bank’s $7.2 billion deal, Credit Suisse has finalized the terms of its own MBS-related settlement. The Swiss bank will pay $5.3 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about the standards...more

New California Law Requires Increased Private Fund Fee and Expense Disclosure

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Recent state legislative developments in California will require disclosure of certain information by private investment fund managers, primarily in the area of fees and expenses incurred by state and local pension and...more

California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

by Nossaman LLP on

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension...more

"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of Sina.com on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from...more

SEC’s First Action Based On Dodd-Frank Muni Adviser Fraud Section

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC has been focusing on municipal bond offerings, filing a series of enforcement actions. An action brought this week is the first, however, based on the Dodd-Frank fraud section related to municipal advisers. The action...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds to Industry Concerns on Know Before You Owe Rule - On April 28, the CFPB issued a letter to banking and industry groups in response to an inquiry by the Mortgage Bankers...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

by PretiFlaherty on

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

Prepaid College Tuition Programs Deemed Eligible for QIB and Accredited Investor Status

On January 12, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) granted no-action relief to the College Savings Plan Network (“CSPN”), an affiliate of the National Association of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 215-Bill Waite on the Compliance Horizon Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Bill Waite, CEO of the Risk Advisory Group on their recent Compliance Horizon Report...more

FINRA Proposes New TRACE Data Set

by Burr & Forman on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced last week that it is seeking comment on a proposal to create a new academic Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) data set. While academic researchers...more

Keeping Marblegate in Perspective: Implications for Debt Restructurings, Indenture Amendments and New Bond Issues

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Involuntary debt restructurings that have the effect of impairing a bondholder’s right to receive payment may violate the Trust Indenture Act. This was recently held in the Marblegate/Education Management Corp. bondholder...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 23, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating operational risk of U.S. servicers of RMBS and small balance commercial securities. On April 23, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating operational risk of...more

Deadlines Applicable to Colleges and Universities Approaching for Participation in SEC’s Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a voluntary self-reporting program for issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds for reporting of inaccurate statements made in offering documents...more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

by Burr & Forman on

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

Are Misstatements In A Form 10-K Actionable By The California Attorney General?

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, the California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that she had filed a complaint for civil penalties, permanent injunction and other equitable relief against Corinthian Colleges and three of its school...more

In a First, SEC Charges Indiana School District and Municipal Bond Underwriter with Fraud

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 29, 2013 charged a school district in Indiana and its municipal bond underwriter with falsely stating to bond investors that the school district had been properly providing...more

West Clark Community Schools Cease and Desist Order— SEC Enforcement of Rule 15c2-12

by King & Spalding on

On July 29, 2013, the SEC entered a pair of Cease and Desist Orders against West Clark Community Schools (the “School District”) and Citi Securities, the underwriter of certain municipal bonds issued by the School District...more

SEC Fraud Charges Against School District Demonstrate Increased Focus on Disclosure Compliance by Municipal Issuers

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged an Indiana school district and its underwriter with securities fraud for falsely stating in a 2007 offering document that the issuer was...more

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