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DOL Fiduciary Rule Re-Makes Retail IRA Advice

Congress voted this week to de-rail the Department of Labor’s sweeping fiduciary-duty suite of rule-making, but doesn’t have the votes to override the President’s threatened veto....more

New Economic Development Opportunities Possible Thanks to Improved Marketability of Philadelphia Tax Increment Finance...

The tools available to the City of Philadelphia to finance community and economic development projects have been enhanced under a new law that authorizes the imposition of special assessments to support tax increment finance...more

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

When the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session was adjourned sine die at midnight on Sunday, May 22, legislators had sent a $259 million Omnibus Tax Bill and a $182 million Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Governor Mark...more

Revised Puerto Rico Bill (PROMESA) Introduced: Reflects an Agreement between House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House (HR 5278)...

Puerto Rico is in crisis, faced with more than US$100 billion in debts of governmental and related entities. On May 19, 2016, with the support of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), House Speaker...more

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing District Activity to Proceed

Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB 16-211, which protects the most common tool for financing and constructing improvements necessary to serve new and existing development – districts formed under...more

"US Further Eases Burma Sanctions"

In response to Burma’s peaceful and competitive elections in November 2015, on May 18, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased U.S. sanctions against Burma (Myanmar). These...more

New Economic Opportunities with Cuba Present Financial Rewards Along with Associated Compliance Challenges

The opening of Cuba to greater commercial and financial activity offers many possibilities for U.S. financial institutions but, with those possibilities, comes a responsibility to meet the complex compliance challenges that...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #12

FCA publishes draft margin exemption form - FCA has published a draft application form relating to the exemption from the requirement to exchange margin for intragroup transactions under the European Market...more

First of Two Constitutional Conventions on Millionaire Surtax Was a Doozy

It was one of the more fascinating events to occur at the State House in a long time, this joint session on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, of the House of Representatives and Senate, or constitutional convention as it’s called...more

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the...more

Alert - City Increases Park/Quimby Fees for ALL Future Residential Buildings

As some of you are aware, the City Planning Department along with Parks and Recs have been pushing to increase the Quimby fees (Parks fees for new condo/for sale units) as well as to create new Park Fees for newly constructed...more

Tax Law Blog: Sports and Fitness Bill Would Provide Tax Advantages for Gym Memberships and Sports Equipment

As the summer months approach, and many of us begin crawling back out into the sun, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (“PHIT”) remains in Congressional hibernation. Introduced in the House on March 3, 2015, the PHIT...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

Congressman Luetkemeyer Proposes Bill to Eliminate “Abusive” in CFPB’s UDAAP Authority

Recently, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) introduced H.R. 5112, the Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act, to make the authority of the CFPB and FTC more consistent and similar, and to encourage...more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Germany - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in Germany think about the UK’s EU referendum? There are close economic ties between the UK and Germany – around 2500 German companies have a UK branch, employing 370,000 people. From a...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #9

Chancellor responds on tax deductibility of regulatory fines - The Chancellor has responded to a letter from Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to confirm that payments made by banks to regulators are...more

U.S. States Expand Efforts to Collect Taxes from Out-of-State Businesses

Twenty-four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), that in order for a U.S. state to require an out-of-state business to collect and remit sales and use taxes on its sales...more

Potential tax consequences of Brexit from a German perspective

On 23 June, the UK is holding a referendum to decide whether it should leave or remain in the European Union. A vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) would not only have repercussions from a tax perspective for the UK....more

New Kansas Act Allows Relief for Purchase of Contaminated Property

On May 9, 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act (the “Act”). The goal of this Act is to allow purchasers in Kansas to acquire real property with pre-existing...more

DOJ Proposes Legislation Intended to Advance Anti-Corruption Efforts

On May 5, the DOJ announced that it plans to submit to Congress proposals for legislative amendments that would provide the DOJ with additional tools to advance anti-corruption work in the areas of pursuing illegal proceeds...more

House to hold May 18 hearing on CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule

On May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public...more

Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Authorized to Enact Money Transmission Regulations

On April 26, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 811, an Act to amend Title 7 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, which includes banking and finance provisions. Notably, the Act authorizes the Georgia...more

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