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Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements to Implement JOBS Act Mandates - The SEC announced that it is proposing rule amendments under the Securities Exchange Act of...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 9, No. 3

In This Issue: - Tax planning strategies to consider before the end of the year - The IRS announces inflation-adjusted amounts for 2015 - Case update: Taxpayer’s deduction for interest capitalized in loan...more

Currency Conversion Concerns: New York Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies

On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more

Takeover Monthly, 2014/10: Current public tender offers under the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act

Current offers in the sign of confrontation - ..The two current offers, the mandatory offer to the shareholders of C.A.T. oil AG and the takeover offer for shares of Hawesko Holding AG, are unsolicited offers. Takeover...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 5, Issue 9

In This Issue: - What to Expect in 2015 - EU Regulatory Agenda: Into 2015 - FINRA Issues Report Relating to its Communication Rules - Structured Product Offerings and RIAs - The SEC, Investment Funds and...more

Legal Alert: Change in U.S. Policy Towards Cuba

President Obama recently announced that the United States and Cuba would begin talks to reestablish diplomatic relations and partially lift the economic and travel sanctions that have existed between the two nations for over...more

Swap Push-Out Rule Narrowed

The so-called “Push-Out Rule” relating to swap activity conducted by banks has been significantly narrowed in scope by a provision in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Spending Bill), which was...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Recovery and Resolution - People...more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies,...more

CFTC Extends Relief from Certain Recordkeeping Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission expanded and extended the no-action relief previously granted to commodity...more

CFTC Approves Amended Order of Registration for LCH.Clearnet Ltd.

On December 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the application of LCH.Clearnet Ltd. for an Amended Order of Registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). Pursuant to the Amended Order, LCH is...more

Overview of ABI Commission Report and Recommendation on the Reform of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

The last major revision to U.S. business reorganization laws occurred in 1978. Since then, companies’ capital structures have become more complex and rely more heavily on leverage, including secured debt in particular; their...more

Coal in Your CLO Stocking: U.S. Risk Retention Effective Date

The federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing regulations under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act finalized rules for risk retention requirements in CLO transactions (the “Final...more

NFA Proposes Amended Interpretive Notice Regarding Loans to CPOs by Commodity Pools

On December 12, National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed amendments to the Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rule 2-45 (Prohibition of Loans by Commodity Pools to...more

CFTC Expands Existing Clearing Relief for Treasury Affiliates

On November 24, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) issued a no-action letter to expand previously issued relief, that is available to “treasury affiliates,” from the...more

FINRA Fines Financial Firms for Anti-Money Laundering Failures

On December 18, FINRA announced a joint $1.5 million penalty against two broker-dealers for anti-money laundering failures. According to anti-money laundering compliance program requirements, broker-dealers opening new...more

CFTC Extends Relief to Four Foreign Clearing Organizations

On December 18, the Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended the no-action relief previously granted to four foreign clearing organizations: ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited,...more

Marathon Oil Seeks To Head Off New York City’s Proxy Access Proposal

As previously noted, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, on behalf of the $160 billion New York City Pension Funds, has submitted proxy access shareowner proposals to 75 companies. The proposals request a bylaw to...more

U.S. Begins Easing Cuba Embargo: New Opportunities and Challenges - The Embargo Changes Will Most Likely Be Phased-In as Opposed...

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced the United States will re-establish normal diplomatic relations with Cuba and that certain economic sanctions will be eased. Notwithstanding the media frenzy implying that the...more

Summary of the Tax Extenders in the Tax Increase Prevention Act

On Friday, December 19th, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act (“TIPA”), H.R. 5771, into law. TIPA is commonly referred to as the “tax extenders” bill as it extends certain expiring provisions of the...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

White House to Ease Cuba Embargo: Historic Announcement May Open New Opportunities for U.S. and Multinational Corporations

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced steps to ease the 54-year old embargo on Cuba and begin to restore diplomatic relations. Although the full extent of easing has yet to be determined, this historic policy shift...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Madoff Trustee’s Six-Year Transfer and Preference Claims

With several billions of dollars ultimately at stake, the Second Circuit has affirmed that Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, a safe-harbor protecting certain securities-related payments from bankruptcy “claw backs,”...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Securities-Fraud Claims

The Ninth Circuit recently joined the debate on whether the heightened pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) or the more relaxed notice-pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) applies to pleading loss causation for a...more

New Law Limits the Swaps Pushout Requirement to Apply Only to Certain ABS Swaps

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama limited the scope of swaps and security-based swaps subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (“Dodd-Frank Act’s”) pushout requirement to certain...more

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