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Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Treasury Identifies Significant Regulations Subject to Modification or Repeal

On July 7, 2017, Treasury identified eight significant regulations, including regulations under sections 385 (treatment of certain debt as equity), 752 (partnership liabilities), 367 (outbound transfers of property) and 987...more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 6

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Judge Dismisses $2.4 Billion False Claims Act Suit Brought Against Citigroup - A New York State Supreme Court Judge has dismissed a qui tam False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit brought by Eric Rasmusen, an economics professor at...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - The IRS Resumes Issuing Private Letter Rulings on ‘Leveraged’ and ‘North-South’ Spinoffs

The IRS announced in May that it will resume issuing private letter rulings (PLRs) on two types of spinoff transactions — leveraged spinoffs and north-south spinoffs — that had been on its “no-rule” list since 2013. In a...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

News Round Up - May 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Reviving the U.S. IPO Market - A recent study based on work undertaken by the University of Florida found that the median age of companies going public in the United States in 1999 was 5 years. Between 20042016, the...more

Let’s Just Fess Up and Agree, Loans are Dodgy Things:  FASB’s New Growth Killing Rule on Loan Losses

by Dechert LLP on

Just when you thought it was safe to go out at night again, another reason not to deploy capital is slouching into Bethlehem. We’ve written a lot here at CrunchedCredit about the Damian-like progeny of Dodd-Frank and Basel,...more

Illinois Senate passes "privilege tax" – deadline for final action is today

by DLA Piper on

The Illinois Senate has passed SB 1719, which would impose a 20 percent "privilege tax" on fees earned by partnerships and S corporations engaged in the business of conducting "investment management services."...more

IRS Will Resume Ruling on Important Spin-Off Issues

by Jones Day on

The IRS recently provided taxpayers with favorable guidance involving tax-free spin-offs. First, the IRS will resume issuing private rulings that allow a distributing corporation to satisfy debt it issued in anticipation of a...more

Outline for Discussion of New Issue Price Rules

New tax rules relating to establishing the issue price of publicly offered tax-exempt bonds become effective soon. This outline describes the new issue price rules, provides a high-level strategic analysis to help guide a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 18

SEC/CORPORATE - US District Court Holds That Discretionary Tax Withholding is Exempt Under 16b-3 - Several companies have received shareholder letters seeking to recover short-swing profits from insiders under Section...more

Recent Amendments to the Alberta Investor Tax Credit Program

by Dentons on

The Government of Alberta recently passed Order in Council 135/2017 (the Recent Amendments) which amends the Alberta Investor Tax Credits Regulation (the Regulations) and makes the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) program...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - We held up Tax Talk this quarter in order to bring you the latest on the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Unfortunately, the one-page plan and transcript of the press conference released on April 26...more

Nasdaq Report: Reigniting America’s Economic Engine

The Nasdaq recently published a report, titled “The Promise of Market Reform,” which sets out proposed structural changes that are intended to relieve some of the burdens associated with being a public company. The report...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as the new chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final handbook for...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....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

The Impact of Tax Reform on Private Equity

If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that the future is hard to predict. One need only look at the ascendancy of Brexit, President Donald Trump, or even the New England Patriots in the second half of the Super...more

Turning Tides

by DLA Piper on

Ukraine is typically seen as an emerging country, blighted by crisis. Ukrainians are all gradually helping to change this stereotype. Here we examine key legal reforms aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China’s infamous shadow banking industry—an $8.5 trillion marketplace that’s sprung up in reaction to the government’s “campaign against financial leverage”—is back and bigger than ever these days....more

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