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Display of FinCEN’s Aggressive Anti-Laundering Approach

On April 21, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a geographic targeting order, an anti-money laundering device focused on trade-based money laundering schemes used by drug cartels,…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Pros and Cons of Preferred Equity Investments

Real estate owners and developers have been increasingly turning toward preferred equity structures and investments in order to raise much needed capital for the purchase, renovation and development of real property where such…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

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
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Real Estate - Residential

BSI Provides Road Map For Future Swiss Bank Agreements

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had entered into a nonprosecution agreement with BSI SA, the first Swiss bank to reach resolution with the U.S. government as to its potential criminal exposure…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The Alphabet Soup of Raising Capital: Regulation A or Regulation D — What Would You Prefer?

On June 19, 2015, amended Regulation A recently adopted by the SEC will become effective. The new Regulation A, mandated by the JOBS Act and often dubbed as Regulation A+, is a significant improvement over the old Regulation A,…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Beware of Confidentiality Agreements with Employees; Make Sure They Don’t Stifle Whistleblowing

On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for utilizing language in a confidentiality agreement which could discourage whistleblowing…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

BSEE and DOI Take Action on Five-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon

Action Item: BSEE has proposed significant changes to BOP systems and well operations in light of the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Stakeholders in offshore oil and gas operations should carefully…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Maritime Law

Borrowers Don’t Have Private Right of Action Under HAMP but May Pursue New Jersey State Law Claims

Action Item: To avoid possible state law claims related to denial of loan modifications, trial modification offers should clearly define the requirements a borrower must fulfill to receive a loan modification, and lenders and…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

On the Eve of Tax Day, DOJ Gently Reminds Taxpayers to File Timely and Accurate Returns

Every year as April 15 approaches, we observe an uptick in the frequency of Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department press releases announcing criminal charges against individuals accused of violating the tax laws…more
| Criminal Law, Taxation

Real Estate: Foundation - April 2015

In this issue: - How NMTCs Benefit Real Estate Community Development Initiatives - Noteworthy Real Estate Deals - What’s Your Priority? An Open-Ended Examination of Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien…more
| Construction Law, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

DOJ Announces Major Policy Change on Use of Asset Forfeiture for Structuring Offenses

We previously reported that the Internal Revenue Service had been criticized for its controversial, yet legal, practice of seizing bank accounts when the account holder is suspected of engaging in “structuring.”…more
| Criminal Law, Taxation

Lender Beware: The Pitfalls of Narrowly Defined Secured Obligations

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit underscores the substantial risks secured lenders take when they narrowly define the obligations intended to be secured by their borrowers’ assets…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

DOJ Announces First Swiss Bank to Reach Resolution Under Swiss Bank Program

Today the Justice Department announced that BSI SA of Lugano, Switzerland, one of the 10 largest private banks in Switzerland, is the first bank to reach a resolution under the Department of Justice’s Swiss Bank Program…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Pennsylvania Legislation Introduced to Authorize Online Gaming

On February 26, 2015, Pennsylvania State Representative John Payne, chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, and several other sponsors introduced HB 649, a bill that would amend the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics

SEC Enforcement Division Outlines Focus for 2015

Action Item: Companies and individuals should continue to be mindful that the Enforcement Division will aggressively pursue securities fraud violations and will be increasing its personnel and technology resources to accomplish…more
| Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law
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