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Tax Court Rules on Built-In Gains Discount and Appraiser Qualification

On February 11, 2014, the United States Tax Court issued a memorandum opinion (i) determining the proper method for valuing a holding company (i.e., an S or C corporation holding marketable securities or appreciated...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

Updated PFIC And CFC Definitions And Reporting Rules

The IRS has issued updated reporting regulations under Code Sections 1291, 1298, 6038 and 6046. A lot of the changes are technical definitions, and relate to updates from proposed regulations going back to 1992. ...more

Discerning the true settlor of a trust

The person designated in the terms of a trust as its settlor (creator) may not necessarily be its true settlor (creator). Appearances are often deceiving in the world of the trust. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in §8.43 of...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

Planning for Carried Interests & Avoiding Section 2701

Alternative investments in private equity and hedge funds have gained in popularity over the last two decades and have become a regular allocation of many investment portfolios....more

SEC Approves Advertised Rule 506 Offerings

Final regulations allowing advertised Rule 506 offerings. ...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

"With Iron Mountain Ruling, IRS Continues Consistent Approach to Defining REIT ‘Real Estate’"

A significant amount of press attention has been given to an unusual press release filed with the SEC yesterday by Iron Mountain regarding its planned conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Iron Mountain said...more

New York State Court Allows Trustee Lawsuit Against DB Structured Products to Proceed

On May 13, Justice Kornreich of the Supreme Court of the State of New York denied DB Structured Products, Inc.’s (DBSP) motion to dismiss an RMBS putback action brought against it by the trustee for the relevant RMBS trust. ...more

SEC Settles Suit for Misleading Advisory Contract Approval Disclosure

Settlement with mutual fund directors and service providers serves as a reminder of responsibilities for disclosures relating to the approval of investment advisory contracts and provides insight into SEC enforcement...more

SEC Settles with Service Providers and Trustees of two Mutual Fund Trusts for Inaccurate Disclosures Regarding Section 15(c)...

On May 2, 2013, the SEC filed an order instituting settled administrative proceedings against the trustees (“Trustees”) and certain service providers of two “turnkey” open-end series investment companies, Northern Lights Fund...more

SEC Sanctions Fund Trustees for Inadequate Disclosures and Failure to Follow Compliance Policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the trustees of two “turnkey” mutual fund trusts with causing untrue or misleading disclosures about their review of the funds’ advisory contracts. The Commission also...more

DOL Releases Informal Guidance Addressing Fiduciary Responsibilities With Respect to Target Date Funds

Recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance underscores the need for plan fiduciaries to rigorously examine and monitor target date fund (TDFs), and potentially explore the use of custom or non-proprietary TDFs....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

The Owner’s Manual - Winter 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Partnering with Private Equity Firms; Beyond Bank Borrowing: Mezzanine Funds & Growth Captial; The Auction Block: Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company; First Steps: “Don’t Let Your Exit...more

New Rules Coming into Effect Affect Retirement Plans Entering into Swaps

New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2012 Trust & Investment Services

In This Issue: - Economic Review & Outlook - Bond Market Review - Bond Market Outlook - Stock Market Review - Stock Market Outlook - Overview Of Washington Supreme Court Decision - Estate Tax Impact Of...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 5, No. 4 -- January 2013

In This Issue: Fiscal Cliff Diving a.k.a. American Taxpayer Relief Act; CoCo Developments; Tax Effect of Money Market Fund Proposals; IRS Issues Final Regulations on Publicly Traded Property; Assessment of Income from...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

Now That the Election Is Over, How Do You Plan for 2013’s New Tax on Investment Income?

Originally published in Daily Tax Report on December 3, 2012. President Obama’s re-election and the Democrats’ retained control of the Senate mean that a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before...more

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