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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

DOE Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”

Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies...more

One belt one road - China's new outbound trade initiative

China’s 'One belt one road' initiative was first introduced by President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. With the dawn of 2016, it is appropriate time to take stock...more

Dubai Embraces PPP … Again

THE BACKGROUND - PPPs in the UAE or the wider GCC are not new. They have historically been undertaken under project-specific legislation or approvals. Mubadala Development Company initiated PPPs in the UAE with UAE...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume 1 – The Structure of the Deal and Government Consent - With today’s posting, we begin a ten-part series on unique issues that arise in connection with the acquisition or disposition of a company that performs...more

Infrastructure Investors: Is Your State Aiding You?

Investment in the infrastructure that keeps Europe running smoothly continues to be a big theme in European private equity. In every sector, from energy to sport, from transport to broadband, governments are increasingly...more

Revised Pay-to-Play Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a revised proposal recently filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to establish “pay-to-play” and related rules regulating the activities of FINRA...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

A School Facilities Bond For 2016: Good News For Everyone

Over the last 15 years, California’s population has grown by approximately 5 million people—the same number filling the entire state of Colorado. This influx has created a housing shortage that the California market has...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

Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 29 October 2015, the RK Entrepreneurial Code was passed. It will be effective (except for some provisions) as of 1 January 2016....more

Top Public Finance Attorneys Urge Regulatory Changes to Foster More P3’s

We all know how hard it is to change federal statutes these days—you need an Act of Congress and the President to sign the bill. Last week, a group of the top public finance lawyers in the US offered an approach relating to...more

Comments on the Proposed Rule Regarding Credit for Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued October 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 60,300, to amend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) regulations pertaining...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

Mortgage Company Resolves DOJ Allegations of False Claims Act Violations

On December 2, a Tennessee mortgage company agreed to pay the United States $70 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the company, acting as a direct endorsement lender,...more

Water Infrastructure Funding

New water infrastructure projects have limited options for federal funding. Under the U.S. House of Representatives earmark ban, Title XVI funding is limited to currently authorized projects and is subject to yearly...more

When Government Walks in Industry’s Shoes, FCA May Not Apply (and Vice Versa)

In November, an Illinois federal judge blocked a former bank employee from collecting his claimed relator’s share of a potential settlement between the FDIC (acting as the bank’s receiver) and the bank’s former directors. In...more

Canada considers new requirements for monitoring politically exposed persons

The previous federal government introduced amendments to money laundering regulations this past summer to implement a program of financial surveillance of senior public officeholders, their family members and their close...more

Public-Private Partnerships and Pay-to-Play in New Jersey: “P3s and P2P in the Garden State”

Public-Private Partnerships (commonly known as “P3s”) are very popular across the country, including the recently announced renovations at LaGuardia Airport as one example. P3s are also gaining significant attention here in...more

Devo Deals - Sheffield, North East and Tees Valley Signed - Northern Powerhouse Series

We are beginning to see Devo Deals take shape - all subject to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review, and the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (CLGD) through Parliament. Sheffield City Region's...more

Executive Orders Subject Banks to New Requirements as Federal Contractors

President Obama has recently issued a number of executive orders imposing new requirements on federal contractors in the area of labor and employment. Some of these executive orders, which are regulated and enforced by the...more

Three Signs that the U.S. is Growing More Comfortable with Innovative Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

Some recent events, taken together, provide evidence that policy-makers in the United States are growing more comfortable with public-private partnerships as a vehicle for project delivery, in particular with respect to the...more

Arizona Department of Transportation Receives Three Proposals for South Mountain Freeway P3 Project

A crucial highway improvement for the growing Phoenix region reached an important milestone November 2 when the Arizona Department of Transportation received proposals from all three short-listed teams vying to develop the...more

Social Impact Bond Success

Governments spend billions of dollars annually trying to address social problems. Most of these funds are not spent on prevention of such problems, and when they are spent on prevention, it can be challenging to find...more

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