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Important news for family-held businesses: IRS proposes imminent changes in family valuation discounts

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued Proposed Regulations to Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. These proposed regulations are directed at family controlled entities (many of which hold operating...more

Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Valuation Discounts

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations on valuation discounts. These proposed regulations make sweeping changes to the valuation rules for family-owned entities. If the proposed regulations...more

Court Affirms Holding That A Trust Owns Stock That Was Issued To The Trustee In His Individual Capacity

In Dutcher v. Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging, Inc., a trust owned twenty percent of a family limited partnership that in turn owned a family business. No. 08-15-00202-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3809 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no...more

Ten Tips for Preventing Feuds from Wrecking Your Family Business

Passing along a family business can be tricky business. There are a variety of legal, tax, and emotional issues that can complicate the process. A well thought out plan made far in advance of the events requiring the plan is...more

Preserving Your Family Business (or Sale Proceeds) for Generations

As promised, below is a follow-up to my February 29th post. There, I discussed estate tax planning. Below, I want to introduce generation skipping tax planning, using some similar tools. As of 2016, each person has a...more

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Rule 144(d)(1) Holding Period Requirements For REIT Shares Exchanged For Operating Partnership...

On March 14, 2016, the staff of the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (the "No-Action Letter") concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Supreme Court Severely Restricts Federal-Court Access for Non-Corporate Entities, Including Certain REITs and RICs

Business trusts, statutory trusts and non-corporate real-estate investment trusts now face a significant jurisdictional barrier that will reduce their access to the federal courts, following a March 7 ruling by the U.S....more

Will 2015 IRS Notice Boost Foundations’ Mission-Related Investing in 2016?

Foundations are effective vehicles for families who want to make a collective philanthropic impact now and for generations to come. Traditionally, foundations have achieved this impact solely through strategic grantmaking. A...more

Tips For Successful Succession Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ? Abraham Lincoln - Your company is built to last. But when you are ready to step back and let go of the reins, will the next...more

Uses and Advantages of Delaware Statutory Trusts and Delaware Limited Liability Companies in Structured Finance Transactions

Over the past 10-20 years, a large number of secured equipment finance and asset securitization transactions have been structured using either a Delaware Statutory Trust (a “DST”) created pursuant to the Delaware Statutory...more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

Trustees Holding Interests in the Family Business: Intersection of Shareholder and Member Rights and Fiduciary Duties

Trustees holding interests in family enterprises may have conflicting duties to the beneficiaries as well as unrelated shareholders and members of the business. ...more

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry by Dan Brecher on September 3, 2013 While Donald Trump is well known for his antics on the air and in the boardroom, he may soon be spending some...more

Uniform Acts, Modern Portfolio Theory, and An Unintended Consequence

Uniform Acts, Modern Portfolio Theory, and An Unintended Consequence by James F. McDonough, Jr. on August 8, 2013 Trustees had been governed by the Reasonable Man standard for investing trust assets that were designed...more

Beware: Active Participation of Trustee S-Corporation Shareholder is Required – Technical Advice Memorandum 201317010

Differing points of view have arisen regarding determining the active participation of S-Corporation shareholdings held in Trust....more

CFTC Issues Final Guidance and Accompanying Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations

At a public meeting on July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted final guidance on how Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In...more

CSL Takes Pity On Inter Vivos Trusts

Section 25019 of the Corporations Code defines “security” broadly by listing a broad range of items that is substantially, but not exactly, the same found in Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933. See “Security”...more

Family Office Relief from CPO Registration

As noted in an earlier Client bulletin, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a no-action letter dated November 29, 2012 enabling...more

Using the Reg. S Exemption for Foreign Investors

Using Reg. S is useful when the issuer does not want to be limited by the restrictions of Rule 506. With a Rule 506 offering all investors must be either accredited or sophisticated, and there is a limit of 35 non-accredited...more

Using Finders to Locate Investors – Bruce E. Methven

A number of years ago the SEC effectively banned the use of finders to locate investors for securities offerings that cross state lines. Still, a few states allow finders for their intrastate offerings (offerings made...more

The Anglo-American Trust is Powerful and Nimble, but not a Magician

The great English legal scholar, Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), saw the trust as “an ‘institute’ of great elasticity and generality; as elastic, as general as contract.” It is hard to disagree. Most mutual funds are...more

The SEC Proposed Rule 506(c) To Permit General Solicitation

On August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its first proposed rule for the implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”): “Eliminating the Prohibition Against...more

The SEC Proposed Rule 506(c) To Permit General Solicitation

On August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its first proposed rule for the implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”): “Eliminating the Prohibition Against...more

Are REITS Investment Advisers?

A REIT is an acronym for Real Estate Investment Trust, although the term more properly refers to tax status than a specific entity type. For a variety of reasons, a REIT may involve several different types of entities. The...more

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