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NAIC Update – Spring 2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its first national meeting for 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 26 through March 31. Noteworthy new initiatives include cybersecurity, price optimization and...more

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure and P3s on the Move

On April 21, 2015, Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (Budget). The Budget reaffirmed several of the government’s past commitments to infrastructure renewal and introduced some new measures of interest...more

Wealth Management Update - April 2015

Obama Administration Announces Revenue Proposals - The Obama Administration has recently announced its Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals in its annual "Greenbook." The Greenbook sets forth the Administration's proposals...more

USDA Raises Hurdles to Bankruptcy Sales of PACA-Regulated Produce Businesses

One of the main advantages of purchasing a business out of bankruptcy is that the process can be quick, orderly and predictable. Yet, recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) has challenged the ability...more

The New Section 6501(c)(10) Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently finalized Treas. Reg. § 301.6501(c)-1(g), which interprets § 6501(c)(10)’s extended limitations period (and other associated rules) where a...more

The SEC Delivers A+ Effort: New Rules Designed to Breathe Life into Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) adopted final rules that amend Regulation A, which provides an exemption for certain offerings of securities from the registration...more

Warning, Offshore Accounts Holders May Have No Fifth Amendment Protections

In what is becoming an increasingly used attack vehicle, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is using the "required records doctrine" to compel taxpayer's to produce what may be incriminating evidence of ownership or control of...more

Municipal Advisors and "Bank Purchase" Bonds: What's All the Commotion About?

There has been a renewed focus in recent months on how to determine which regulatory regimes apply to the various parties involved in private placements of municipal debt. The very public controversy over the question of...more

New Enterprise Associates Closes New $2.8 Billion Fund

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has announced it has closed its fifteenth fund — New Enterprise Associates 15 LP — with $2.8 billion in committed capital....more

NJ Borrowers under HAMP May Pursue State Law Claims

It is well-established that the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) does not offer borrowers a private right of action to allege a lender or servicer violated HAMP. However, the New Jersey Appellate Division...more

Ontario’s 2015 Budget Makes Changes to Cultural Tax Credits

The Ontario government released its 2015 Budget on April 23, 2015 – and it makes some significant changes to Ontario’s cultural tax credit regime, including the elimination of the sound recording tax credit. (Please note that...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Hong Kong

Hong Kong – China Mutual Recognition Scheme (the “Scheme”) - An opportunity to market HK-domiciled and authorized funds to Mainland retail investors is starting to take shape. There is keen expectation that this Scheme...more

CSBS Announces $5.2 Million Multi-State Enforcement Action Against Maryland-Based Mortgage Lender To Resolve Allegations Of...

On April 13, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) announced a settlement agreement and consent order following a coordinated enforcement action launched by 43 states against a non-bank mortgage lender after...more

New Volcker Rule FAQ Allows Non-U.S. Banks to Make Certain Investments Despite Offerings to U.S. Residents

Federal regulators recently issued a new interpretation of Title VI of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — commonly referred to as the "Volcker Rule" — that makes it significantly easier for...more

Lessons of the Deutsche Bank Story

Deutsche Bank, a German lender agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.5 billion to settle with regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with criminal charges that it rigged and manipulated the London...more

SEC Rules Expand Access to Capital via Larger Private Offerings (Regulation A+)

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued new rules that will enable private companies to raise as much as $50 million in a 12-month period through private offerings of securities exempt from...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 4/22/2015

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

House passes bill to cut CFPB funding; White House threatens veto

Yesterday, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 235-183, passed H.R. 1195, titled the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act.” As originally proposed, the bill would codify the CFPB’s existing...more

"MSRB’s Rule G-42 Submitted to SEC for Approval; Rule G-44 Now in Effect"

This alert is to inform you that the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) recently submitted Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors) to the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Ease Your Regulatory Burden

Why it matters - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is trying to make life easier for community banks, Comptroller Thomas J. Curry recently explained in a speech, working on legislation that would...more

SEC Adopts Enhanced Exempt Securities Offering Rules

As directed by Congress in the Jump Start Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules substantially increasing amounts that companies can raise through exempt public offerings....more

Real Estate Lien Priority Case - Effect of Subordination Agreement on Junior Liens

In a recent decision, the Utah Supreme Court addressed a matter of first impression in Utah, namely, whether a subordination agreement between two senior lenders, which reversed the priority of their respective liens against...more

FCC Action Against AT&T Reflects Regulator’s Increasing Focus on Privacy and Data Security

In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) first-ever foray last October into fining companies over data security practices, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau Chief, Travis LeBlanc, asserted that the...more

The Times are Changing: A First Look at the DOL’s New Fiduciary Paradigm

On April 14, 2015, the US Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued its proposed rule clarifying when individuals and institutions providing advice to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) will be...more

JOBS Act Update: SEC Adopts Reg. A+ Rules

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt groundbreaking rules implementing Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act), as mandated by Title IV of the JOBS Act...more

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