Dechert LLP

Circa Centre, 2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

Contact: Beth Huffman

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Why Bother With Two-Stage Settlement Agreements?

In this OnPoint we report on why UK employers might wish to use so called “two stage” settlement agreements when agreeing the terms of an employee’s departure and the settlement of any resulting claims…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Final Credit Risk Retention Rules Adopted for Asset Backed Securities and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Securities…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Steering CMBS through the Regulatory Wake

Introduction and Summary of CMBS Updates - After more than three and a half years since the publication by regulators of the first proposals for credit risk retention, we now have a final rule that has brought with it a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

Risk Retention and Stockholm Syndrome

After three years of waiting, we now have our Risk Retention Rule. All six of the Agencies responsible for the Rule – the FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the…more
| Finance & Banking

U.S. Risk Retention Final Rule: Playing it Forward for CLOs

We will leave the hand wringing and teeth gnashing to others. We expect there will be a lot of that in the days ahead. We have had our say on the misguided premises and tortured statutory interpretation underpinning the final…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing CPO Delegation Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC Staff) on October 15, 2014 simplified the process for a natural person or entity that the CFTC considers to be a commodity pool operator (CPO) to delegate its CPO…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector - The Luxembourg financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, has published two circulars pertaining to UCITS. The first is aimed at protecting…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

PACE Yourself

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans allow property owners to finance clean energy improvements to their properties generally secured by property liens senior to mortgages through tax assessments. Moody’s recently…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

German Retail Investor Protection Act

The German Federal Ministry of Finance published the draft Retail Investor Protection Act (Kleinanlegerschutzgesetz, or Act)1 on 28 July 2014. The Act is intended to strengthen the protection of German retail investors – in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

The Year to Review Your Whistleblowing Policy

This year, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has placed an increased emphasis on whistleblowing activity, both in relation to whistleblowing within authorised firms and the process of whistleblowing to the regulator…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Novel U.S. and EU Sanctions Targeting Russian Financing Activities Raise Unique Compliance Considerations for Global Financial Industry

Since March 2014, the United States and European Union have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions restricting certain activities with Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Amendments to Rules Governing Money Market Funds: Implications for Boards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved sweeping amendments to Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and other rules governing the operations of money market funds (money funds) (Amendments)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Changes to the UK Tax Residence Rules for AIFs and Pitfalls to Avoid

In a previous article, we reported that draft legislation had been published to extend the scope of section 363A of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010 to ensure that alternative investment funds (AIFs)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Making UK Employees Aware of the Perils of Pilfering Their Employers' Confidential Information

Employers need to appreciate and address the fact that employees who remove their employers’ confidential information often do not appear to appreciate the risks of being caught or the potentially very serious consequences of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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