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Obama’s FY2017 Budget Would Double SEC & CFTC Funding

White House officials this week said that President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget will seek major increases in funding for Wall Street regulators in the near term, and proposes to double their funding by 2021....more

House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

House Passes SEC Small Business Advocate Act and Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act

On February 1, 2016, the House passed H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, and H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act....more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

Financial Services Legislation: 2015 in Review and What to Expect in 2016

To the surprise of many, Congress passed a number of financial services bills in 2015, including six that amended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....more

How prepared is industry for the possibility of a Brexit?

The next structural issue facing the European Union - White & Case commissioned independent research to capture views on how senior in-house legal decision makers and senior managers viewed the possibility of a Brexit...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #10

Treasury updates Iran sanctions - Treasury has issued a notice explaining the effects on sanctions against Iran of Implementation Day (I Day) under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). I Day was 16 January, on...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

100 Percent Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock Finally Made Permanent

Among the many “tax extenders” in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) is a permanent extension of...more

Six Crucial Points About Iran Sanctions Liberalization

Crucial Points - - The U.S. government has, by and large, left in place its embargo generally forbidding U.S. companies, citizens and residents, and others in the United States to engage in Iran-related...more

FAST Act Drives Long-Awaited Gramm-Leach-Bliley Amendment

In late 2015, Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act - a vehicle for an amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) meant to eliminate the need for certain companies to provide annual privacy...more

Omnibus Highway Bill Contains a Grab Bag of December Surprises for Public Companies and Companies Aspiring to Go Public

In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law an omnibus highway bill called “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the “FAST Act.” This new law (i) amends certain sections of the Jumpstart Our Business...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

New Legislation Extends JOBS Act Relief and Creates Resale Exemption, Among Other Changes to the Federal Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, known as the FAST Act. The FAST Act made several important changes to the federal securities laws, including (i) extending...more

Argentina Lifts its Currency Exchange, Exports, and Imports Restrictions

Mr. Mauricio Macri was sworn-in as President of Argentina on December 10, 2015. Four business days after taking office, Mr. Alfonso Prat-Gay, the new Minister of Finance, announced the fulfilment of the campaign promise to...more

Capital Gains Tax Exclusion for Certain New Investments in Small Businesses Made Permanent

President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) on December 18, 2015. Among other provisions, the PATH Act provides that the 100 percent exclusion from gross income of...more

Federal Securities Law Implications of the FAST Act

New rules enhance IPO accommodations under the JOBS Act and provide private resale exemption. On December 4, US President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act or the Act, H.R....more

New Hampshire Uniform Securities Act

New Hampshire has adopted a new securities law, known as the New Hampshire Uniform Securities Act, which will become effective on January 1, 2016. It is modeled on the Uniform Securities Act (2002) (“USA 2002”), which has...more

FAST Act Brings Holiday Cheer to Issuers

"Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act," also known as the FAST Act, was signed by President Obama on December 4, 2015. Although primarily aimed at authorizing spending on highway and transit projects, the FAST Act...more

Highway Bill Contains Provisions Relevant to Start-ups and IPO Companies

Newly-enacted law would further facilitate trading in private company shares - Further streamlining of IPO process for Emerging Growth Companies - The recently-enacted highway bill, also known as the Fixing...more

Congress Takes the FAST Lane to Important Securities Reforms

On December 4, 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, better known as the FAST Act, which had been approved by a bipartisan Congress. The FAST Act (also referred to in the media as the...more

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