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Blog: Republicans To SEC Chair: Delay Pay Ratio Rules. Is A Repeal Attempt In The Offing?

The WSJ reports that three Republican congressman — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Reps. Scott Garrett and Bill Huizenga — have written to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging that the SEC stop...more

NY DFS Takes Action Against Foreign Bank Regarding Transactions with Sanctioned Countries

On November 18, the New York DFS announced a consent order with a foreign bank for allegedly misleading regulators regarding its transactions with sanctioned countries, most notably Iran, Sudan, and Myanmar. According to the...more

FOFA reforms rejected by the Senate

The Abbott Government’s Future of Financial Advice policy has been rejected by the Senate after support for the reforms were withdrawn by Senators Jacqui Lambie and Rick Muir. ...more

Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Over the past several days, the second open enrollment period through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges began; Republican lawmakers, now with majorities in both the House and the Senate, explored...more

Investment Banker Nominated For Treasury Under Secretary Post

On November 12, the Obama administration nominated Antonio Weiss as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Department of Treasury. If confirmed as Under Secretary, Weiss would be responsible for coordinating policies on...more

Senate holds nomination hearing for HUD Assistant Secretary

Last Thursday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs conducted a nomination hearing to interview San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Lourdes Castro Ramírez for the position of HUD Assistant...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Proxy research and advice entities Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines each service will use to inform their voting recommendations for...more

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Announces Small Business Awards

On November 12, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press conference to announce the recipients of the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. In her comments, Administrator McCarthy stated that "a...more

What The Us Mid-Terms Mean For The Insurance Sector

Last week the Republican party surprised many observers by securing substantial gains in the 2014 mid-term elections at multiple levels of government. Republicans won control of the US Senate and increased their majority in...more

A Challenge to the New Congress: Pass Housing Finance Reform

Over six years ago, when the federal government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, experts from public, private, and academic worlds concurred: housing finance in the United States was mortally flawed....more

Election Results and Analysis

Going into the November 4 midterm elections, Democrats held a 55-45 (two Independents caucus with the Democrats) seat advantage in the Senate while Republicans held a 234-201 advantage in the House. With several races still...more

Year-End Tax Planning 2014

Year-end tax planning is especially challenging this year because Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. Some of these tax breaks may be retroactively reinstated and extended, but...more

Why Commissioner Gallagher Is Not Mistaken On Political Spending Disclosure

In this post published on October 30, I observed: According to Enver Fitch and Limor Bernstock at ISS ESG Proxy Research, shareholders associated with the Center for Political Accountability submitted 47 proposals this...more

The Lame Duck Has Arrived: What To Expect

In the great tradition of American democracy dating back to the election of the First Congress in 1778, voters cast their ballots last week, giving the Republican Party control of the upcoming 114th Congress. In a...more

Governor Brown Signs into Law AB 229 and SB 628, Giving New Life to Tax Increment Financing

In late September, Governor Brown signed into law AB 229 and SB 628, which are intended to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance previously financed by redevelopment...more

Regulated Campaign Spending, and Can Companies and Charities Unknowingly be in Breach of the UK Lobbying Act?

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the “Act”) began to bite for the first time on 19 September 2014 (at least those parts relating to election campaigning). The...more

"Arkansas Bans Corporate Contributions to Candidates and Prohibits Gifts From Lobbyists"

On November 4, 2014, Arkansas voters passed a constitutional amendment extending term limits for state legislators and tightening ethics laws. The amendment prohibits candidates from accepting corporate contributions,...more

Navigating Russia Sanctions: US, EU, and Japan Update

US, EU and Japanese sanctions targeting Russia are becoming increasingly aligned as a result of each jurisdiction’s continued tailoring of sanctions targeting Russia. In each jurisdiction there are now laws which block funds...more

SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

"Post-Election Issues (Inaugurations, Transitions and Special Elections)"

Now that the 2014 mid-term elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions to federal, state, or local inaugural or transition committees, paying for inaugural events and...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Executive Branch Submits to Senate Bill Aimed at Amending Article 5 of the Renewable Energy Incentive and...

The Executive Branch has submitted to the Senate a bill (Bill) introducing amendments to Article 5 of the Renewable Energy Incentive and Special Regimes Law, promulgated on May 7, 2007 (Law 57-07). The main purposes of such...more

Africa Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

CFPB’s constitutionality again before D.C. Circuit in Morgan Drexen appeal

The CFPB’s constitutionality is again before the D.C. Circuit, with the D.C Circuit now being asked to consider the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NLRB v. Canning on actions taken by the CFPB while Director...more

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