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Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Contributions by Government Contractors and Other Disclosure Requirements in Hawaii

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a number of Hawaii’s contribution and disclosure requirements, thus cementing the legacy of Citizens United’s defense of transparency in campaign...more

"Virginia Enacts Stricter Gift Provisions, Expands Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Laws"

On May 1, 2015, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill No. 1424 (the Bill). The Bill tightens restrictions on gifts, expands Virginia’s lobby law to cover attempts to obtain public contracts and adds a new...more

Buying Someone Else's Headache – Top Five Supply Chain Pitfalls to Consider When Expanding Through Acquisition

As the economic recovery continues to pick up steam, manufacturers are looking to grow their capacity and expand their markets. Many manufacturers choose to expand their horizons by acquiring smaller companies or merging with...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - NIST Issues Draft Requirements, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations - The National Institute of Standards and Technology...more

SBIC Investment: A Potential Source of Capital for Government Contractors

Owners of privately-held businesses generally finance their businesses with their own capital, augmented with bank loans. An additional source of funding for government contractors is available from Small Business Investment...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a...more

East End Crossing Wins Bond Buyer Deal of the Year

Recognizing the innovative P3 approach to project delivery and financial structure for a major US infrastructure project, the Bond Buyer awarded the Indiana Finance Authority's private activity bonds for the East End Crossing...more

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion by Frank L. Brunetti on October 7, 2013 Ty Warner, founder of the iconic Beanie Baby empire, has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges. His...more

Trends In Social Infrastructure

FEDERAL, state and local budgets are in disarray in the United States. Funding at all levels is challenged, if not essentially unavailable, further exacerbated with political polarization in full swing. At the same time, in...more

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases by Frank L. Brunetti on September 24, 2013 Since 2008, the U.S. economy has struggled and employers faced with the...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: PF2 and its relevance to PPPs in the GCC

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was a public-private partnership (PPP) model introduced by the United Kingdom government back in 1992 as a tool to engage the private sector to design, construct, finance and operate...more

Public-Private Partnerships in California - Part I

Current funding levels for public infrastructure in the United States are inadequate. Existing infrastructure is crumbling due to long-deferred maintenance and new infrastructure needed by the public is not being built. ...more

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool?

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool? by Joseph M. Donegan on August 19, 2013 Bitcoins, a controversial but highly popular global digital currency, is being used by more consumers to make several types of...more

Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships Launched

Before departing Washington, DC for the traditional August Congressional recess, Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-AL-3) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) announced that they are forming the Congressional Caucus on Public-Private...more

Public-Private Partnerships In Unlikely Places

P3s Help Expedite Infrastructure Projects - We have recently written about P3s being used in South Florida to construct large-scale public facilities on an expedited basis and at a reduced cost to the public. ...more

Indiana Finance Authority Shortlists 4 Proposers for its I-69 Section 5 Project

On July 31, 2013, the Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”), in coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”), shortlisted four teams for its I-69 Section 5 Project (the “Project”) located between...more

It's All About Timing: PPP Payments

During the afterglow of the closings for the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road projects, transportation officials across the country viewed public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a panacea for the challenges caused by...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New Public-Private Partnerships Resolution

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution establishing a Public Private Partnership Program for the County....more

Virginia Releases Draft P3 Pipeline for 2013 for Industry Comment

After achieving several P3 project milestones and awards in 2012, Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3) on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia released a draft document entitled “2013...more

Global Recognition of US Infrastructure Projects and Transportation Agencies Continues at Partnerships Awards

As we previously reported in April, organizations that annually recognize top projects and industry organizations worldwide have proven that they are no longer focusing solely on mega-projects that are part of major...more

New Disclosure Requirements for Massachusetts Pension Investments

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has started implementing pension reform legislation enacted in 2011 that imposes demanding contracting and disclosure requirements on state and local pension fund boards. The new pension fund...more

Case Study: A Landmark in the History of U.S. Public-Private Partnerships

“The $2.6 billion deal to lease San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to a private consortium is being watched by bankers and industry officials keen to import a business model that is widely used in Europe and...more

Maryland Transit Administration Issues RFI on New Purple Line and Red Line

This week the Maryland Transit Administration (“MTA”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) requesting private sector involvement to collect best practices for delivery and financing of the planned Maryland National...more

"Show me the money" - a guide to non-bank funding in Scotland

A guide to raising capital in Scotland outwith traditional bank sources. The article looks at funding available from Government Agencies and alternative commercial lenders. It is particularly useful for companies entering a...more

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