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Recaps from Proskauer’s 20th Annual Trick or Treat Tax Exempt Seminar

Proskauer’s 20th Annual Trick or Treat Seminar was held on Friday, October 30. The Seminar discussed: - Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013: Recent Developments and Outstanding Issues - Recent Developments in...more

IRS Encourages Private Foundations to Consider Charitable Purposes in Investing Its Assets

As we previously reported, the IRS has updated its guidance with helpful examples concerning program-related investments for private foundations. In its recently issued Notice 2015-62, the IRS provides further assurance that...more

California Clarifies Investment Standards for Public Benefit and Religious Corporations

Without a lot of fanfare, the California State Legislature recently passed a bill that seeks to provide some clarity for charities as to how they are supposed to invest their assets. ...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Mission-Related Investments by Private Foundations

New guidance permits private foundations to consider charitable purposes when making investments with a substantial purpose of capital appreciation or the production of income....more

New Nevada Commerce Tax Effective July 1, 2015

While not purporting to give specific advice on Nevada tax law, the following is a summary of some of the general principals underlying the new tax law. A new Nevada Commerce Tax (“NCT”) was signed into law by Nevada Governor...more

Nowotny on Private Placement Group Variable Deferred Annuity Contracts for Tax Exempt and Foreign Investors [Video]

The Private Placement Group Variable Deferred Annuity Contract aka GAC has quietely been used by tax-exempt organizations for some time. As far as I can count, $50 billion of tax exempt transactions have utilized the GAC as a...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 1, DBRS released its RMBS Insight 1.2: U.S. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Model and Rating Methodology. On June 1, Fitch released its U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re-REMIC Criteria. On June 1, Moody’s issued...more

Oil and Gas Company with Republic of Guinea Operations Announces Conclusion of DOJ Investigation

Houston-based Hyperdynamics Corp. announced in an 8-K filed on May 26 that the DOJ had closed its investigation into alleged FCPA violations by the company in the Republic of Guinea. A parallel investigation by the SEC...more

Who Files The Most Permit Applications?

California Corporations Code Section 25113(d) requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to prepare and publicize an annual report of the number of permits that it issues for the offer and sale of securities. The report...more

IRS Affirms Treatment of Short Sales for UBTI Purposes

Since there are many hedge funds that utilize short selling as part of their investment strategy, it is important for hedge fund investors, including tax exempt organizations, to understand the U.S. tax treatment of these...more

Fee-Shifting Bylaw Developments In The Courts

Those expecting that the Delaware court, in a case involving Hemispherx, would soon address the as-applied validity of a fee-shifting bylaw may be disappointed. (As discussed in this post and this Cooley Alert, the Delaware...more

Key Reforms of the Russian Civil Code for Legal Entities

The changes address corporate governance, liability, and other issues. Russia continues to pursue a series of reforms to modernise its civil and commercial laws and improve the business environment. Recent amendments...more

Reminder: September 9th Effective Deadline for Issuers and Underwriters to Participate in SEC’s Municipalities Continuing...

If your organization has participated in a municipal bond or other municipal security financing in the past five years, you should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing...more

SEC's MCDC Initiative - The Clock is Ticking

Not-for-profit health care providers that have borrowed on a tax-exempt basis within the last five years should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...more

A Setback for Mandated Political Spending Disclosure

One of the hottest SEC rulemaking topics over the past two years—disclosure of corporate political spending—quietly took a significant hit a few weeks ago when the SEC removed it from its rulemaking agenda. The clamor for...more

Four Sustainability Reporting Highlights of 2013

2013 should be remembered as a transformative year for sustainability. Significant developments emerged not just from sustainability reports, but from non-profits and regulators concerned with stakeholder interests and...more

Southern District of New York Dismisses Complaint Against Madoff-Invested Fund

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a complaint against J. Ezra Merkin and Gabriel Capital Corporation (together, Defendants), which together managed Ascot Fund Limited (Ascot), an offshore...more

BLG Monthly Update for November 2012

The colour purple, a tire fire, fake wine, the usual neat contracts cases: all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for November....more

Regulatory Developments: Proposed Order to Exempt Certain Non-Financial Energy Derivative Transactions That Affect the Delivery of...

On August 17, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved a Proposed Order to exempt certain non-financial energy derivative transactions between not-for-profit electric utilities from many of...more

SEC Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Investment Fund

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the Amish Helping Fund (the Fund), an Ohio non-profit corporation. This is only the second DPA that the SEC has reached...more

GAO Reports on the Feasibility of SRO for Private Fund Advisers

On July 11, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the feasibility of forming a self-regulatory organization (SRO) to provide primary oversight of private fund advisers. The report was part of a...more

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