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Landlords Beware: Subordination Agreements

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the recent Arizona Court of Appeals case Earle Investments, LLC v. Southern Desert Medical Center Partners, 762 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 12 (2017), the Court of Appeals addressed the question of the scope of a subordination...more

SCOTUS to Hear Another Securities Case

by Burr & Forman on

On April 18, the SCOTUS heard oral argument in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, an action concerning whether the five year statute of limitations of 28 U.S.C Section 2462 applies to disgorgement. This was the...more

Withdrawal of IRS Tax Liens

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

When an individual or business owes federal taxes, a lien arises in favor of the IRS in all property of the delinquent taxpayer. The IRS will often file a notice of this tax lien – a Notice of Federal Tax Lien or “NFTL” – in...more

Frontier Markets – Smallest Markets Represent Promising but Overlooked Investment Opportunities

The general public may not be familiar with the term “frontier market,” but frontier markets represent the vast majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The term “frontier market” generally refers to the...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...more

The Limited Liability Company Agreement That Has No Name

by Allen Matkins on

Practitioners under California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act will be familiar with the concept of an “operating agreement” (Cal. Corp. Code § 17701.02(s)). Indeed, I expect that nearly every LLC formed...more

Pennsylvania Federal District Court: Insurer’s Reliance on “Reasonable” Interpretation of Law Does Not Automatically Bar Bad Faith

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, rejected the argument that an insurer does not act in bad faith if it relies on a reasonable interpretation of unsettled case law. The...more

Digital transformation in the aviation sector

by DLA Piper on

In the aviation sector today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. The role of digital technology has changed from being a source of marginal efficiency gains to becoming the foundation for...more

Japanese Variation Margin Requirements Take Effect

by Jones Day on

Following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions' March 18, 2015, release of revisions to the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific...more

Tax Court Rules that Extensions of Variable Prepaid Forward Contracts Do Not Result in Taxable Exchanges

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Last week, in McKelvey v. Commissioner¸ the U.S. Tax Court held that the extension of a typical variable prepaid forward contract (“VPFC”) did not give rise to a taxable exchange to the obligor because a VPFC is solely an...more

Even a Well-Crafted Non-Compete May Not Get You Injunctive Relief

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

No doubt, having a properly drafted agreement is critical if you wish to prevent a former employee from competing against you or soliciting your customers. But, simply having a clear and straight-forward agreement may not be...more

Privacy Shield certifications reach 2,000, still far short of Safe Harbor

Timothy Toohey was quoted in an article published by CQ Roll Call on April 24, 2017, about the number of Privacy Shield-certified companies under the new program allowing transfers of personal data from Europe to the United...more

The ABCs of Fund Finance: Credit Facilities for Secondaries Funds and Funds of Funds

by Dechert LLP on

Private equity funds raised the second-highest level of capital for investments in secondary private equity interests in 2016. According to Preqin, 19 funds secured $23 billion in investor capital.1 This level was surpassed...more

SEC Brings Post-MCDC Enforcement Actions Against Underwriter and Officials

On April 5, 2017 the SEC released two orders instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (consent decrees) which are the first post-MCDC cases finding securities law violations based on misstatements in official statements...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

Manufacturers: Avoid this Issue—Register Your Trademarks!

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

If you are a manufacturer and allow your distributors to use your unregistered trademarks without a contract, the Third Circuit just issued a decision that could help you retain ownership of those marks....more

Fifth Circuit: Discretionary Ban Does Not Mandate De Novo Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas’ ban on discretionary clauses in certain insurance policies did not require a de novo review of...more

Indecent Proposals: Tenants giving notice of intention to appoint administrators

by Hogan Lovells on

It has long been a bone of contention for landlords that tenants can simply file a notice of intention to appoint administrators in order to get an automatic moratorium against any enforcement action. This prevents a...more

CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights focuses on mortgage origination/servicing, student loan servicing deficiencies, service...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s newly-released Spring 2017 edition of Supervisory Highlights covers supervisory activities generally completed between September and December 2016. The report indicates that supervisory resolutions resulted in...more

UK: FCA General Insurance and Protection Sector Views 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCA has outlined the current trends, risks and its overall assessment of the General Insurance sector in its 2017 Sector Views, published last week.  ...more

The SEC’s Long-Awaited Security-Based Swaps Rules May Be Approaching

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC has proposed all of its major Title VII rules regulating the security-based swaps market. The authors discuss the current status of this and related rulemakings, the relief the SEC has granted, and the provisions of...more

Defect in Patent Assignment Results in IPR Challenge Effectively Going Unopposed

Old Republic’s IPR petition was effectively unopposed due to a defect in the chain of assignment, which led the PTAB to hold all claims unpatentable without considering arguments or evidence submitted in favor of...more

China Capital Controls: Best Practices for Accelerating International Payments

Following the depreciation of Chinese currency RMB and the reduction in China’s foreign exchange reserves, foreign companies and individuals in China have met hurdles in moving their money out of China, and overseas companies...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

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