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SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Ten things to consider when you do a leveraged finance deal in Germany

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 2 - As forecasted in our 30 January 2017 publication "European leveraged debt fights back," we expect 2017 to be a year where high yield bonds and covenant light "term loan...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Enforcement of the 2016 Financial Information Published by Issuers Subject to the Transparency Law - In accordance with the Luxembourg law of 11 January 2008 on transparency requirements for issuers, the CSSF monitors...more

Employer Commits Willful Violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act By Including Waiver In Statutorily Mandated Disclosure

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that including waiver of potential claims language in the same document as the statutorily required Fair Credit and Reporting Act disclosure was a violation of FCRA. In sum, the...more

Second District Court of Appeal Declines to Apply Statute of Limitations to Bar Subsequent Foreclosure Actions Premised on...

Following the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 41 Fla. L. Weekly S493, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016), courts were left to interpret how Bartram would affect lenders’ reliance on...more

Maryland Issues Revised Proposed Rules for Servicing Transfers

The Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation recently issued a revised proposed regulation impacting servicing transfers. The Commissioner previously issued proposed regulations on this topic in January 2015. This...more

Court declines to enjoin Dept. of Education termination of recognition status of college accrediting organization challenging CFPB...

In December 2016, the Secretary of Education issued a decision adopting the decision of the Department of Education’s Senior Department Official terminating and withdrawing the Department’s recognition of the Accrediting...more

New Filing Date for Foreign Bank Account Return

If you have a foreign bank account (or signatory authority on a foreign bank account), you are required to file a Form 114 (commonly called an FBAR) if at any point during the calendar year the combined balance in all of your...more

Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended to February 11, 2018 the expiration dates of certain interim final rules relating to “exemptions under [various securities laws] for those...more

Mortgage Servicer Defeats Class Certification Over Collection Practices Allegedly Targeting Discharged Mortgage Debts

The Middle District of Florida recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification concerning claims that a collection agency illegally and intentionally sent collection correspondence to mortgagees whose debts...more

Report: Insurance and structured finance - a new dawn?

A growing trend is emerging within the insurance sector, where insurers and other users of insurance products are looking to structured finance solutions both from an investment and risk management perspective....more

"Recent Court of Appeals Decision Provides Hope for Taxpayers Fighting for Congressionally Sanctioned Tax Benefits"

For the second time in just over a year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the United States Tax Court and affirmed the right of a taxpayer to structure its affairs in a manner that takes into account...more

Bank Whistleblower Suits Highlight Limits of Employee Confidentiality Agreements

Employers increasingly face the difficult scenario of employees who misappropriate company data in the pursuit of whistleblower claims alleging misconduct by the employer. Such cases can present a complex mix of regulatory,...more

Sometimes Plan Sponsors just want to throw you off their “scent”

When you meet retirement plan sponsors just at different networking events and they find out that you’re a retirement plan provider, they may volunteer that their retirement plan is in perfect shape. As we know as retirement...more

SEC to Consider Requiring Inline XBRL Reporting and Comments on Disclosures in the Financial Services Industry

The SEC has issued a notice of a meeting to consider: Whether to propose amendments to rules and forms to require the use of the Inline XBRL format for the submission of operating company financial statement information...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

NERA issued a report this week on Canadian class actions. Although the number of those actions filed last year increased compared to the year before, over the last several years the number of securities class actions filed in...more

CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Issues Time-Limited No-Action Transition for March 1, 2017 Compliance...

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) announced that, between March 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017, it would “not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer (SD) for...more

European Supervisory Authorities Warn that Further Steps are Required on AML/CFT

The European Supervisory Authorities published a joint Opinion on the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing affecting the EU’s financial sector. The ESAs - the European Banking Authority, the European Securities...more

Finalized New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation to Take Effect March 1

On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced the release of its finalized Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (“Cybersecurity Regulation”), which will take...more

How Effective is Your Anti-Money Laundering Program?

At the end of January, Western Union agreed to pay the United States government $586 million to resolve allegations that it failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program under the Bank Secrecy Act and aided...more

Supreme Court Applies Escobar to Reinstate Implied Certification Suit Against Bank Based on Compliance With Fed Rules

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Supreme Court summarily vacated the judgment in Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co. and remanded the case to the Second Circuit in light of the Court’s recent decision in Universal Health Servs. v....more

Blog: Corp Fin Refines Its Position On Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

Corp Fin has refined its position with regard to exclusion of proposals to amend existing proxy access bylaws. As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - February 2017

The White House clarified that Trump’s January 30 “two for one” Executive Order doesn’t apply to the SEC and other independent regulatory agencies, Reuters reported. Despite press coverage, the Order doesn’t actually require...more

New York Institutions: Exemption from Cybersecurity Regulations Sought by Bond Granted in Final Regulations Issued by Department...

Last month, Bond, Schoeneck & King sought an exemption from cybersecurity regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) for colleges, universities and other charitable organizations that...more

Automatic exchange of information and insurance companies - a question of compliance

Automatic exchange of information (AEOI) regimes, primarily aimed at curbing tax avoidance through the use of foreign accounts and investment platforms, have recently become a global trend, starting with the adoption of the...more

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