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Tax Newsletter - July/August 2014 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest July/August 2014 issue of our Tax Newsletter. We saw a number of legislative developments taken place in the PRC and Hong Kong in the past two months that might bring about legal and tax...more

The Waters of March -The Benefits of Owning Life Insurance within a Cascading Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs)

...I recall hearing Bossa Nova as a ten year old at my neighbor’s house in the Panama Canal Zone – Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. The Waters of March is one of many great songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and sung by Elis...more

SEC Targets Corporate Insiders for Failing to Promptly Disclose Stock Transactions

The Commission has announced an unprecedented enforcement initiative against officers, directors, and major stockholders for violating beneficial ownership reporting requirements and against public companies for their roles...more

Court Rules on Applicability of Make-Whole Premiums Upon Debt Acceleration

In the context of make-whole premiums, court decisions suggest that the applicability of the premium upon a refinancing in bankruptcy will be governed by the wording of the debt documents, and that if an automatic...more

Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

Congress and the Higher Education Act: what’s on the table? What’s to come? Our look at the major proposals

Congress is well into the process of passing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and many members of Congress have introduced bills addressing many aspects of higher education that concern the public....more

ERISA: 2nd Circuit — Tough to Appeal District Court’s ERISA Remand Order

What happens when the district court orders a remand to the ERISA plan administrator? Can you appeal it? It depends on the circuit. FACTS: Mead sought ERISA-governed long term disability benefits, which were...more

EU Strengthens Economic Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union (EU) put into effect on Friday (September 12, 2014) a new round of economic sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine. ...more

New Reporting Requirement for Foreign Investments in the U.S.

Effective as of September 15, 2014, a new reporting requirement applies to a broad range of direct, and indirect, investments in the U.S. by foreign persons. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (the...more

Sears’ New $400 Million Secured Loan: Another Sign of Trouble at the Venerable Retailer?

Last year, the 112-year old retailer J.C. Penney was regularly in the news – and it was rarely good. The stock was in a free-fall, in the process of dropping from about $20 per share in May 2013 to a low of a little more...more

Florida Regulator Promises Revision of Investment Adviser Rules – New Industry Group Forms

Officials from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (“OFR”) met with representatives of the securities industry last month to discuss reform of regulations applicable to state-covered investment advisers. ...more

Freddie Mac closes first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan

Freddie Mac recently closed its first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan. The loan financed the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 417-unit senior housing community in Dayton, Ohio known as The Lakewoods. The deal...more

Overriding Interest

In This Issue: - Islamic Real Estate Finance: Getting The Deal Done - Announcements & Events - Government Consultation on Energy Efficiency Improvements to the Private Rented Sector - K&L Gates...more

CFPB Proposes Rule To Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a proposal to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after the...more

“Totality of the Circumstances” Standard Used to Sanction Mortgagee for Lack of “Good Faith” Negotiation in Foreclosure Matter

New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, recently ruled that a mortgagee’s conduct in evaluating a borrower’s loan modification application should be judged using the “totality of the circumstances” standard to...more

Prudential Regulators Finalize Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rule

On September 3, the OCC, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve Board released a final rule establishing a minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations. The rule will require banking...more

GAO Says FSOC Needs to Improve Transparency, Accountability, and Collaboration

In testimony before a Congressional subcommittee, a GAO representative noted FSOC still lacks a comprehensive, systematic approach to identify emerging threats to financial stability. In 2012, GAO reported that FSOC’s...more

Defamation Action Regarding Fraudulent Accounting Claim Withstands Motion To Dismiss

Action by Greenberg against Spitzer for defamation based on public statements by Spitzer about Greenberg’s stewardship of AIG regarding, among other things, Spitzer’s assertion that Greenberg engaged in fraudulent accounting....more

Prudential Regulators Seek Comments On Proposed CRA Questions And Answers

On September 8, the OCC, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve Board released proposed revisions to the Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment. Specifically, the agencies propose to revise three...more

New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions

OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule - Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially...more

Political Expenditure Pitfalls

My husband doesn’t like for me to admit it, but I am a registered Texas lobbyist. That means that I am on the list for every fundraiser for Texas candidates. And admittedly I do make contributions to business-friendly...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

Prudential Regulators Finalize Supplementary Leverage Ratio Rule

On September 3, the OCC, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve Board released a final rule that modifies the definition of the denominator of the supplementary leverage ratio in a manner consistent with recent changes agreed to...more

CFPB and FTC file lawsuits against online payday lenders

Earlier this month, the CFPB and FTC filed lawsuits against different groups of interrelated companies and their individual principals for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending schemes....more

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