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Death and Bitcoin: How Digital Currencies Affect Estate Planning

It may not be at the forefront of your digital currency interests, but cryptocurrencies have unique characteristics that require careful consideration for estate planning. If you have bitcoin, for example, but your…more
| Finance & Banking, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - New Hampshire Governor Signs Into Law a Bill Recodifying Banking, Credit Union and Trust Company Laws: On July 28, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 188, an act revising…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Proposed Treasury Regulations Focus on Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code relating to disguised payments for services between partners and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Private IPOs and Unicorns May Trigger More H-S-R Act Filings

The talk of the financial press and venture community during the first half of 2015 has been of private IPOs and unicorns. And for good reason. According to CB Insights, there are more than 588 investor-backed tech companies in…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Strong Dissents in the FCC’s New TCPA Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order. We wrote about this order on June 29, previewing the FCC’s focus on consumers’ ability to opt out of certain…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

CFPB: Principles for Faster Payment Systems

On July 9, 2015, the CFPB published a set of Consumer Protection Principles it believes should guide the financial industry in the development of newer, faster methods of payment. These Principles, though merely suggestions,…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

FHA Attempt To Provide New Guidance: Too Little, Too Late?

On June 18, the Federal Housing Administration provided lenders with a new Defect Taxonomy for Single Family Housing Loans, or Loan Quality Assessment Methodology. It has been working on the new taxonomy for almost a year, and…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Add-On Products Continue To Present Litigation Risks For Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent action against two credit card vendors regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services is a reminder of the legal risks associated with certain add-on…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments: SEC Approves New Debt Research Rule and Amended Equity Research Rule - On July 16, the SEC approved FINRA Rule 2241, which modifies and clarifies existing rules related to research analysts,…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Regulators Issue Volcker Rule FAQ Addressing Investment Fund Seeding Periods

The Volcker rule generally prohibits banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from sponsoring and/or investing in certain types of “covered” investment funds. The implementing regulation that the Agencies…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Mandatory Incentive Compensation Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules, consisting of new Rule 10D-­1 and related rule and form amendments, that would require clawbacks of incentive compensation received by executive officers of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Privacy Law and Digital Currency, Part 1

In this era of regulatory uncertainty, it is worth considering how privacy laws may affect digital currency businesses. Privacy law consists of a web of federal and state law – this first installment in a two-part series will…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Outlines Guiding Principles for Faster Payment Networks: On July 9, the CFPB released an outline of its guiding Consumer Protection Principles (Principles) for protecting consumers as the…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Federal Circuit Will Not Review PTAB’s Use of the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Claim Construction Standard in Post-Grant Proceedings

Yesterday, the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided not to review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) practice of construing patent claim terms under the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) standard…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - Agencies Post Public Sections of Resolution Plans: In a July 6 joint press release, the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC announced that they have posted the public portions of annual resolution…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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