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Food the Next Frontier in the CFIUS Battles?

A few weeks ago we told you about the Congressional efforts underway to combat China’s increased investment in the United States. Well, those aren’t the only efforts to revamp the authority of the Committee on Foreign...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustments The Small Business Administration has issued an interim final rule amending its regulations to adjust for inflation the amount of certain...more

CFIUS: Recent Developments and Trends

by White & Case LLP on

The past year has ushered in significant transformations in the cross-border M&A and US political landscapes, including a number of emerging developments and trends that have affected the review process of the Committee on...more

President Trump’s Inauguration Signals a Potential Increase in Infrastructure Projects

When then-candidate Donald J. Trump first began making public statements about what would become his infrastructure plan back in August of 2016, observers were uncertain as to what exactly they could expect. Just before that...more

CFTC Issues Interpretation on Federal Transition and Inaugural Contributions

On December 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff interpretation saying that, in its view, contributions by swap dealers and their...more

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...more

Water Act a “WIIN” for Infrastructure

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (“WIIN” or the “Act”). President Obama signed...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

Minister of Finance Commits to Establish a Canadian Infrastructure Bank

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In his fall economic statement on November 1, Mr. Morneau, the federal Minister of Finance, committed the federal government to deliver an additional $81 billion between 2017 and 2027 to fund public infrastructure with an...more

"FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule Effective August 20, 2017"

On October 24, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced in Regulatory Notice 16-40 that its pay-to-play and related recordkeeping rules, FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, will take effect on August 20,...more

Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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)?

by DLA Piper on

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

by Polsinelli on

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

by Burr & Forman on

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...

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

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