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House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) to be exempt from Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

On 3 February the Scottish Government published their response to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The report contains the following...more

Following US and EU Lead, Canada Lifts Sanctions Against Iran

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, announced on January 26, 2016 that Canada will be lifting some of its economic sanctions against Iran. This announcement comes shortly after the United States and the...more

UK-Iran Trade – A New Chapter

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office recently hosted a panel discussion with UK business leaders to clarify UK trade policy on Iran following the lifting of sanctions. The principal points of note for those interested in...more

House Passes SEC Small Business Advocate Act and Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act

On February 1, 2016, the House passed H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, and H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #14

Treasury Committee publishes banking IT failure correspondence - The Treasury Committee has published correspondence between Andrew Tyrie, PRA, FCA and between him and RBS, HSBC and Barclays, relating to IT failures at...more

Washington Insight - January 2016

President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address - In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Obama focused on his views of and hopes for the future beyond his last year in office. Rather than...more

Recent Changes to the Tax Matters Partner Designation May Prove Costly to the Unwary

One choice all joint venture devotees face in negotiating each new venture is who to designate as the tax matters partner. Recent changes to the law make this decision much more important and may prove costly to those who are...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - January 2016

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015—the Year-End Legislation f/k/a Extenders - Just in time for Christmas, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, and the President signed, the “Protecting Americans from...more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

Iran Sanctions Relief and Further EU Regulatory Developments in 2016

On 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”), the majority of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic/financial sanctions against Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that Iran is abiding...more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Nominates Maria Vullo as NYDFS’s Superintendent

On January 21, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Maria Vullo to serve as the NYDFS’s superintendent. If approved by the New York State Senate, Vullo would replace former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, who left the...more

Could 2016 Be the Year When Congress Finally Addresses Tax Reform?

Like Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, Washington has been waiting for Congress to tackle tax reform. The reason for the lack of action is a fundamental disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what reform...more

House Republicans Level Another Blow at CFPB’s Auto-Lending Policies

Scrutiny of the CFPB’s auto-lending supervision and enforcement practices was renewed last week when Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services issued another scathing report criticizing...more

House Financial Services Committee: CFPB Removed Safeguards to Achieve Political Goals

On January 20, Republicans on the House Committee on Financial Services issued a report alleging that the CFPB removed a number of safeguards from the claims process after it secured its first settlement with an auto finance...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

“Implementation Day” Marks Lifting of Certain Nuclear-Related “Secondary” Sanctions on Iran by the United States in Accordance...

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) had satisfied its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), which was entered...more

Financial Services Legislation: 2015 in Review and What to Expect in 2016

To the surprise of many, Congress passed a number of financial services bills in 2015, including six that amended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....more

NJ Senators Hold Press Conference on Combined Reporting

New Jersey Senators Lesniak (D), Greenstein (D), and Sarlo (D) held a press conference today concerning combined-reporting legislation that they are sponsoring....more

Congress Eliminates Annual Privacy Notice Requirement for Certain Financial Institutions

President Obama signed into law on December 4, 2015 a bill that amended Section 503 in Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (G-L-B Act), with the result that financial institutions – including investment companies and...more

Senator Warren to address student loan activists

Senator Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to be the keynote speaker today for “National Student Debt Day,” an event in Washington, D.C. for “student loan activists from around the country.” The event is sponsored by Young...more

How prepared is industry for the possibility of a Brexit?

The next structural issue facing the European Union - White & Case commissioned independent research to capture views on how senior in-house legal decision makers and senior managers viewed the possibility of a Brexit...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

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