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New House Bills Seek To Relax Some SEC Requirements And Help Reverse The Growth In Income Inequality

Hat tip to thecorporatecounsel.net blog for identifying these two new House bills. H.R. 5405, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, is intended to relax some additional requirements for Emerging...more

New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions

OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule - Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially...more

Sanctions on Russia Expanded Despite Tenuous Truce

On Friday , September 12th, while a tenuous truce between Ukraine and rebel forces showed signs of cracking and government officials continued to trade verbal jabs, the United States amped up pressure on Russia by expanding...more

U.S. Imposes Further Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On September 12, the United States implemented another round of economic sanctions against Russia in response to the continued crisis in eastern Ukraine. On September 11, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S....more

Only in New York, New York

Conventional wisdom holds that campaign finance reform is elusive. At both the federal level and in many states, the pace of enactment tends to be measured in decades....more

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

Russia Sanctions: Impact on Financial Institutions in the US, EU and Japan

New sanctions targeting Russia have been implemented in the US, EU and Japan. Although the consequences of breaching the sanctions are severe, navigating the rules is not straightforward. Transactions and business lines will...more

MSRB Proposal Extends Rule G-37 “Pay-to-Play” Prohibitions to Municipal Advisors

In its August 18 Regulatory Notice No. 2014-15, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) proposed amendments to Rule G-37 that would extend the long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibition’s reach to newly-registered...more

Permanent Injunction of Pennsylvania’s Prohibition against Establishment of Political Committees to Receive Contributions of...

On August 13, 2014, an order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the matter of General Majority PAC v. Carol Aichele permanently enjoining implementation and enforcement of...more

MSRB Seeks to Extend Pay-to-Play Rule to Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is requesting comment on draft amendments to Rule G-37, the MSRB’s pay-to-play rule for municipal securities dealers, that would extend the rule to municipal advisors....more

District Judge Permanently Enjoins PA Law that Prohibited Corporate Contributions to IE Committees

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Caldwell permanently enjoined enforcement of Pennsylvania’s prohibition on campaign expenditures by banks, corporations or unincorporated associations (such as labor unions) as...more

SANCTIONS UPDATE - New Treasury Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published revised guidance on the treatment of entities owned by persons whose property and interests in property are blocked under the Executive Orders and regulations...more

OFAC Issues Revised Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance with respect to the “50% Rule,” which established that an entity owned 50% or more, directly or indirectly, by a...more

The US sanctions against Russia – in an evolving context, key points for business

Starting in March of this year, the United States imposed economic sanctions in response to Russian-led actions in Ukraine. Since March, responding to the deteriorating situation, US sanctions have continued to escalate. ...more

"Massachusetts Revises Campaign Finance Law"

On August 1, 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed House Bill No. 4366 amending the state's campaign finance laws. The amendments, among other things, increase the contribution limit for individual contributors to...more

"State Parties File Legal Challenge Against SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 7, 2014, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties brought suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), challenging Rule 206(4)-5 (the rule). Specifically, the complaint seeks an...more

Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Advisory Proposition From Ballot

I’ve previously reported on SB 1272 which was rushed through the legislature and allowed to become “law” without Governor Brown’s signature. The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu, calls for an advisory vote on whether the...more

Further European Union Sanctions Target Russia, Whilst Russia Retaliates

The United States, European Union and Canada each took steps recently to expand sanctions against Russia, including the targeting of major defense companies and the addition of export controls. These designations and export...more

Reg A+ Challenged Again

Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more

The new EU sanctions against Russia – key points to know, key steps for companies with business interests in Russia

The European Union has adopted economic sanctions against Russia – the latest step relating to the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Earlier this year, the Council of the European Union had already adopted...more

Private Equity Fund Charged by SEC with Violation of the Pay-to-Play Rules for Investment Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it had charged TL Ventures, a Philadelphia-area private equity firm (the "Firm") with the first ever case involving a violation of the "pay-to-play...more

"MSRB Actions Regarding Municipal Advisors: Release of Revised Draft Rule G-42 for Comment, and Submission of Proposed Rule G-44...

This mailing is to inform you of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) releasing Revised Draft Rule G-42 (setting forth duties of non-solicitor municipal advisors) for public comment, and submitting Proposed Rule...more

EU And US Impose Coordinated Sanctions Against Russia

Following an intense week of diplomatic negotiations, on July 29, the European Union and United States jointly announced a new round of economic sanctions targeting certain sectors of the Russian economy. The development...more

EU imposes targeted Russia sanctions (banks, arms and oil sectors); imposes Crimea/Sevastopol trade/investment restrictions and...

The EU has adopted and published targeted sanctions against Russia covering banks, the oil sector and arms in response to the situation in Ukraine. The new sanctions include an EU ban on purchase or sale (and related...more

FDIC withdraws list of “risky” businesses alleged to be targeted in “Operation Choke Point”

In an unexpected move earlier this week, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter announcing that it was withdrawing the list of “risky” merchant categories that was included in prior guidance on account relationships...more

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