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IRS Issues Final Debt-Equity Regulations

On October 13th, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) followed through on its promise to issue final regulations and temporary regulations under Section1 385 (the “Final Regulations” and “Temporary Regulations,” respectively) a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

SEC Will Vote on Final Intrastate Offering Exemptions

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an open meeting at which the Commission will consider the adoption of final rule amendments relating to Securities Act…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

What Attys Need To Know About Asia's PE Slump

Private equity firms in Asia have struggled to raise capital and swing deals in 2016 at the same pace as in recent years amid a regional economic cooldown and geopolitical uncertainty ahead of the U.S. presidential election,…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Alphabet Soup?

Several years have now passed since the financial crisis and the onslaught of regulations intended to prevent a future crisis. Regulatory reform has assuredly resulted in significant changes to our financial services sector…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Securities Law

To Your Health: FDA Redefining the Term “Healthy” on Food Labels

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has begun a public process to redefine the term “healthy” on food labels. As part of the public process, the FDA is soliciting input from…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

SEC Holds Public Meeting on Board Diversity

On October 5, 2016, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held a public meeting to discuss, among other things, board diversity for public companies. As part of the meeting, the National Association of…more
| Business Torts, Securities Law

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) – Two Recent Judgments

Last week, the High Court ruled on the meaning of “Default Rate” in the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master Agreements (together, the “ISDA Master Agreements”). Whilst the decision addresses a multitude of issues, perhaps the most…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking

CFPB Hit by Major Setback in D.C. Circuit

In a decision eagerly awaited by the financial services industry, the D.C. Circuit this week handed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) a major defeat, throwing out a mortgage lender’s $109 million disgorgement…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

SEC Approves New Liquidity Risk Management Rules; Swing Pricing Rules

The SEC today unanimously approved “transformational” new rules requiring liquidity risk management programs. The SEC also approved a swing pricing rule by a vote of 2-1, with Commissioner Piwowar voting against…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 3

IRS Issues Proposed Regs on RIC Commodity Investments - On September 27, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) providing guidance relating to the income test and asset diversification…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

SEC Adopts New Reporting Rules for Mutual Funds

A split SEC today approved new rules addressing mutual fund disclosures and liquidity. Chair White and Commissioner Stein voted yes; Commissioner Piwowar voted no. Here are the highlights of the new reporting modernization…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC FY 2016: A Record Year for Enforcement Cases Against Funds and Advisers

On October 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it prosecuted a record number of enforcement cases against investment advisers and investment companies in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Securities Law

FDA (Finally!) Issues New Regulations to Clarify Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation: How to Use Patent “Use Codes”

On October 6, 2016, the FDA issued a final rule implementing certain provisions of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) governing the approval of generic drugs, including abbreviated…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB Unconstitutional, and Wrong on RESPA

The D.C. Circuit held today that the single-director structure of the CFPB violates Article II of the United States Constitution, and added important substantive rulings on the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Employment Law Commentary, September 2016: NLRB Issues Raft of Pro-Union Decisions as Time Expires

In the last days of Summer 2016, as the political make-up of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was about to change, the Board suddenly issued 20 decisions in a single week. The reason for this unusual output was not some…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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