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Big Picture—What Could We See in 2016?

The other shoe finally dropped last month when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in seven years. Now in its 37th edition, "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016," the highly regarded annual report...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.3.16

In what would be the largest acquisition of a foreign corporation ever, state-owned ChemChina is nearing a deal to purchase Switzerland’s Syngenta (besting US-based Monsanto’s overtures to do the same). The deal could help...more

Changes To FIRPTA Affecting Real Estate Transactions

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") is applicable to all transactions involving interests in real property where the Seller is a "foreign person" (this includes entities). According to the IRS, FIRPTA...more

FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Affects Miami-Dade County Residential Purchases Exceeding $1 Million

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Jan. 13, 2016, issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO or the Order) requiring title insurance companies, subsidiaries and agents (each a...more

From Park Avenue to Ocean Drive, High End Residential Real Estate Transactions Under the Microscope

The U.S. government’s aggressive push to combat international money laundering is entering a new phase by focusing on real estate investments. On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership - On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a final rule establishing new requirements for...more

U.S. FinCEN Issues Geographical Targeting Orders Requiring Reporting of High-End Cash Purchases and Buyers of Residential Real...

On January 13, FinCEN issued two Geographical Targeting Orders (GTO) requiring certain U.S. title insurance companies to provide identification for certain “all-cash” buyers of high end real estate, and to report such...more

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

FinCEN Targets High-Value Real Estate Transactions in New York and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced that it had issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) which will temporarily require certain title insurance companies to report the...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Orders Requiring Identification of High-End Cash Buyers of Real Estate in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that will require, temporarily, certain title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

New PATH Act Modifies Tax Rules Applicable to Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate and Introduces a New Exemption for Certain...

On December 18, 2015, as part of the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes of 2015” (the “PATH Act”), President Obama signed into law provisions that make significant changes to the so-called FIRPTA rules that govern the U.S. ...more

European Ombudsman consults on trilogues transparency

The European Ombudsman has issued a consultation on the transparency of trilogue negotiations through which European authorities agree legislative proposals. As part of the investigation leading up to the consultation the...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act Makes Substantial Changes to Tax Law

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The PATH Act alters the regime for taxing foreign persons holding U.S....more

"New FIRPTA Reform: The Long-Awaited Game Changer for US Real Estate"

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) will...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.7.15

Yale’s Robert J. Shiller (he of the “Case-Shiller Home Price Indices”) offers the reminder that humans aren’t computers as an introduction for the idea that the Fed’s expected move on short-term interest rates doesn’t...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Performance and Accountability Report - On November 16. 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that analyzes its duties as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

Commission reports on covered bonds requirement

The Commission has reported to the EP and Council on the capital requirement for covered bonds under the CRR. The report assesses the appropriateness of preferential risk weights for covered bonds, aircraft loans and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Barclays and Wachovia Settle with NCUA - On October 19, 2015, Barclays PLC and Wachovia Capital Markets LLC agreed to pay $325 million and $53 million, respectively, to settle claims brought by the National Credit Union...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Relating to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults - On Oct. 15 FINRA published Regulatory Notice 15-37, requesting comment on proposed amendments to...more

EBA consults on MCD benchmark rate

EBA is consulting on the benchmark rate under the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD), which requires creditors to create two illustrative examples in the European Standardised Information Sheet for variable rate mortgages on the...more

EBA Consults on its Benchmark Rate Under the MCD

The Mortgage Credit Directive (2014/17/EU) (MCD) requires that creditors create two illustrative examples for variable rate mortgages on the basis of a benchmark rate specified by the EBA. Consequently, the EBA has developed...more

EBA publishes MLV opinion

EBA has published its opinion on mortgage lending value (MLV) in the context of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). While stressing the importance of pan-EU harmonisation of the MLV concept, EBA thinks the scope of...more

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