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Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

Despite bipartisan efforts, the future is uncertain for the by all accounts highly successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Authorization for the current...more

SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule

This week, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the SEC approved FINRA Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) as they had been proposed by FINRA. The Proposed Rules would impose pay-to-play restrictions and recordkeeping...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

What is the potential impact of Brexit on the European System of Accounts (ESA10)?

One of the key benefits of PPP has always been the 'additionality' of investment that off-balance sheet treatment can offer. However, the emergence of the European System of Accounts (ESA10) heralded a shift away from...more

"FINRA Extends Deadline for SEC to Act on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule"

On June 21, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority extended the time for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to act on Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) to August 26, 2016. The Proposed...more

P3s and Political Risk: Why Miami-Dade’s P3s Can Weather Political Climates

In an election year, investors pay careful attention to the political environments of jurisdictions that are seeking to develop public private partnerships (“P3” or “PPP”). Investment in pursuing a public infrastructure...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...more

TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule "

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an order instituting proceedings (the Order) intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Update: HB 15-1348 Technical Corrections Bill Introduced

Last year’s HB 15-1348 created consternation among the lending community—and thus, in the private sector developer community—due to the uncertainty of whether and how the legislation could affect urban renewal plans and...more

A “FAIR” Chance for Infrastructure P3s in Obama Administration’s Final Budget Request - President Unveils Financing America’s...

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged that “because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low.” However, the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget...more

"MSRB Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rule Will Take Effect in August 2016"

On February 17, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced in Regulatory Notice 2016-06 that its draft amendments to Rule G-37 on political contributions, and related amendments to Rules G-8 and G-9 on...more

Significant Changes to U.S. and E.U. Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the United States and the European Union lifted or substantially amended many nuclear proliferation-related sanctions against Iran. This date constitutes Implementation Day as specified in the Joint...more

Pay-to-Play: FINRA Requests SEC Approval of Proposal to Regulate Political Contributions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published for comments rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) to regulate...more

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

"FINRA and MSRB Submit Pay-to-Play Rules to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) submitted their respective pay-to-play rules to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for...more

Aset Shyngyssov on How Kazakhstan's Economy Is Diversifying Beyond Energy [Video]

Aset Shyngyssov, managing partner of the firm's Almaty and Astana offices, explains how new investments and trading partners are positioning the Kazakh economy to expand beyond its reliance on the energy industry....more

“Pay to Play” Developments

Based on recent announcements from the SEC and its Staff, changes may be forthcoming for advisers’ use of third-party solicitors for government entity clients....more

"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds 44-Year-Old Ban: The answer is still “no” for individual federal contractors wishing to contribute to federal...

On July 7, 2015, in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ban on individual federal contractor contributions to federal candidates and political...more

Pay-to-Play Implications of Governor Chris Christie’s Presidential Run

After today’s announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a long list of 2016 presidential candidates, from both parties. But Christie’s position as a sitting governor means that he is subject to different...more

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market

As opportunities grow for public-private partnership procurement, political risk is the main threat to P3 projects. To sustain and grow the P3 market, the benefits will have to be communicated to elected officials and the...more

Campaign Coordination: Warning to Political Candidates and Related Super PACs

Tyler Harber’s prosecution, and the two year federal prison sentence he recently received, are clearly warning shots across the bow of federal political campaigns around the country. And the blatant and unsympathetic nature...more

"Department of Justice Secures Sentence in First Super PAC Coordination Case"

The Department of Justice recently concluded its first criminal prosecution of coordination between an independent-expenditure-only committee (super PAC) and a campaign committee. On June 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for...more

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