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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 16 & 23,2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Commercial Lease/Cotenancy Provisions: whether cotenancy provision in lease for retail space in shopping center, which requires other particular store(s) in shopping center to remain occupied by...more

Landmarks - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Crowdfunding — What It Is, What to Watch - Spotlight on Insurance: Know the Risks Involved with the Protective Safeguards Endorsement - Reinvestment In Leased Retail Space — Top 10 Legal...more

FIO Issues Report On Global Reinsurance Market And Its Importance To The U.S. Insurance Industry

On December 31, 2014, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) issued a report entitled “The Breadth and Scope of the Global Reinsurance Market and the Critical Role Such Market Plays in Supporting Insurance in the United States.” ...more

Dodd-Frank Act Changes Are Coming

For over four years after enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”), President Obama and the Democratic Senate successfully blocked any changes to that act. For example, in the 113th Congress, the House passed 26 bills...more

The Directed Trustee in the Post-Dudenhoeffer World

Overview - Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002. Since then, a large number of cases are in the ‘‘stock...more

Divorce and Beneficiary Designations—Florida Law Changes

Introduction - This article discusses a significant change in Florida law regarding the effect of dissolution or annulment of marriage on designations of one former spouse as beneficiary upon death of the insured other...more

World Economic Forum – Release of the Global Risks Report

Each year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held in January in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF has released its Global Risks Report. The report is prepared by the WEF with its strategic partners Marsh & McLennan Companies and...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

FDIC Releases FAQ on Brokered Deposits

Why it matters - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) started 2015 by releasing new FAQs for brokered deposits, which address issues such as the definition of a “deposit broker” and when the “primary...more

New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps

On January 13, President Obama signed legislation that aligns the rules relating to swap clearing and mandatory margin for uncleared swaps so that any entity that qualifies for an exemption from clearing its swaps also is...more

11th Circuit Addresses Coverage for Alleged Knowing FACTA Violations

In its recent decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of America v. Kansas City Landsmen, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 453 (11th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in a matter of first...more

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles

Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked securitization vehicles: CFTC...more

Proposal on Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme in Hong Kong

Since 2008, the Hong Kong government has conducted two public consultations on healthcare service reforms and possible supplementary healthcare financing options. On 15 December 2014, the Hong Kong government initiated a...more

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

Treasury Official Advocates for Cyber Insurance

Why it matters - Reflecting the continued regulatory focus on cyber risks, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Raskin has some advice for banks: buy cyber insurance. Speaking at the Texas Bankers’ Association...more

OFAC Sanctions Compliance Provisions in Various Agreements

Due to costly settlements secured by U.S. regulatory agencies, banks, insurers, and corporations are increasingly inserting rigorous OFAC sanctions compliance language into their credit agreements, insurance policies,...more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

Health protection scheme in Hong Kong

Background of Health Protection Scheme in Hong Kong - In 2008, the Hong Kong government conducted the first stage public consultation on healthcare service reforms and six possible supplementary healthcare financing...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- January 2015

Insured v. Insured Exclusion Ambiguous When Applied to FDIC, 11th Circuit Rules - Why it matters: In the continuing split among courts considering insured v. insured exclusions, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court...more

CFTC Staff Grants No-Action Relief to Entities Operating Insurance-Linked Securities Issuers

On December 18, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a letter granting relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration to certain entities...more

Unclaimed Property New Year Checklist

There is much to consider in 2015 with respect to unclaimed property. Here are some of the highlights and action items to focus on as you move into the new year...more

Consultation Paper On A Riskbased Capital Framework For The Insurance Industry In Hong Kong

On 16 September 2014, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance ("OCI") announced the publication by the Insurance Authority ("IA") of a "Consultation Paper on a Risk-based Capital Framework for the Insurance Industry in...more

Service Provider Not A Fiduciary In Negotiating Its Contract

A federal district court in Iowa dismissed a putative class action complaint brought by several 401(k) plan sponsors who alleged that Principal Life Insurance Company breached its fiduciary duties to the plans by charging...more

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