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MSRB on Direct Purchases – Transparency Trumps Tower?

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) issued a concept release last month suggesting that market transparency trumps the direct Congressional prohibition against federal regulations requiring filing of...more

European Commission Issues Call for Advice on Own Fund Requirements for Market Risk

On April 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority published a call for advice it had received from the European Commission regarding revisions to the own fund requirement for market risk as part of the CRR review. The...more

Opinion White Paper: Relating to Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act

The purpose of this White Paper is to provide guidance to practitioners in their consideration of the application of recent judicial opinions relating to Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (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

New Proposed Regulations Increase Scrutiny on Related-Party Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently issued proposed regulations (the “New Proposed Regulations”) governing the federal income tax treatment of debt between certain related...more

Keeping Your (Top) Hat On

“Top hat” plans are plans employers maintain for a “select group of management or highly compensated employees.” These plans are exempt from many of ERISA’s protections, including eligibility, vesting, fiduciary...more

Corporate Trustees and Cash Managers: can historic miscalculations and underpayments be an Event of Default? The English High...

We now have the English High Court’s first judgment concerning the position of Class X Notes in a CMBS structure. The rights of the Class X Notes in the Windermere VII CMBS were considered by the Court in Hayfin Opal Luxco 3...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Direct Lending by French Funds - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French financial markets regulator, the “AMF”) has published on 1 April 2016 the results from the public consultation organized at the end of last...more

What Constitutes “Reasonable Efforts” to Inform Plan Participants of Plan Amendments, Which Include a Forum Selection Clause?

You know that many Plans have forum selection clauses. Are they enforceable? YES When a Plan participant claims they “did not know of a plan amendment,” how do you prove the Participant received notice of the...more

HALOS Act Passes Vote in U.S. House of Representatives

After a floor debate during which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle traded dueling press releases, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 325-89 in favor of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, on April 27,...more

Seventh Circuit Holds No Agreement Entered Into With Respect To On-Line Contract

This case arises from an appeal from an Illinois federal district court, which ruled that TransUnion, a credit reporting agency, did not give a putative class of its website users proper notice of an arbitration agreement,...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

Deposit Account Control Agreements. Who Needs Em?

You just got your committee approvals for a new relation. It is a borrower you have been after for some time. Approvals are fairly standard and call for a secured credit facility with a priority all business asset lien....more

Obligation to Perform Work and Incur Costs Under Construction Contract is a Section 752 Liability

In a recently issued Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201608001), the IRS determined that a taxpayer-partnership’s obligation to perform work and incur costs under a long-term construction contract constituted a partnership...more

New PTEs Impact Broker’s and Advisor’s Relationship with Retirement Plans and IRAs and Also Impact Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries

While only the plan service providers, like brokers, are required to comply with the requirements of the revised and new prohibited transaction class exemptions contained in the package with the definition of...more

A transatlantic consideration of recent developments in corporate self-reporting

More carrot, less stick? On 5 April 2016, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an Enforcement Plan and Guidance (the DOJ Guidance), setting out the steps that it is taking to...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: April 2016

Finance - PACA Liens Could Impact Financing Terms - The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law enacted in 1930 with the goal of protecting suppliers and sellers of agricultural goods from...more

The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market

At the start of 2016, global sponsors and their advisers are the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market. Healthy investor appetite over the last several years means attractive terms...more

NJ Tax Court Denies Interest Addback Exception - Does Your Company Still Qualify?

In a decision published April 26, 2016, the New Jersey Tax Court in Kraft Foods Global Inc. v. Director, Div. of Taxation ruled that a taxpayer couldn’t deduct interest paid to its corporate parent. The taxpayer’s...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

Loan agreements: when can terms be challenged as unfair or unreasonable?

English law contains no general principle that contractual terms must be fair or reasonable: parties must live with the bargain they have made. This is one of the ways in which English law is "lender-friendly": it enables...more

The Blockchain Revolution, Smart Contracts and Financial Transactions

Originally developed as the technology underpinning bitcoin, blockchain has been heralded as an innovative technology with wide-ranging application beyond digital currency (or cryptocurrency), including as a platform for...more

IRS Reverses Position on “Bad Boy” Guarantees

Earlier this year, the IRS issued Chief Counsel Advice 201606027 (February 5, 2016) concluding that, for purposes of the basis and at-risk limitations, an LLC member’s guarantee of entity-level nonrecourse debt conditioned...more

Securing the deposition of a Massachusetts resident for use in a Connecticut action

Imagine this scenario: A Bank issues a loan to two co-borrowers. One co-borrower relocates to Massachusetts. The co-borrowers default on the loan and the Bank commences suit against the two co-borrowers. During...more

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