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Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

Contact: Beth Huffman

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HSR Filing Threshold Increases to $76.3 Million

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on January 15, 2015 that the dollar-based thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) premerger notification program will be raised less than one percent from the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

Luxembourg Tax Authorities Confirm Tax Treatment of Limited Partnerships

The Luxembourg tax authorities have confirmed, by means of the long-expected Circular Letter L.I.R. nº 14/4 (the “Circular”), the treatment of tax transparent Luxembourg limited partnerships in the form of a société en…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Taxation

CREFC January Conference – Rolling into 2015

For those of us living in the northeastern U.S., last week’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) January Conference could not have been better timed to escape the brutal cold for the tropical beaches of Miami.  We…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

The Defamation Act 2013: To sue or not to sue?

The Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) reformed the law relating to slander and libel in England. It was heralded by a Justice Minister as “the end of a long and hard fought battle to ensure a fair balance is struck between the…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury

Holiday Gifts from the EBA?

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a report, and a short opinion, on how to improve the functioning of the securitization markets, as previously requested by the European Commission. The EBA voiced its support, in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Schrodinger’s Cat

We here at CrunchedCredit are getting ready, as we do each year at this time, to polish up the palantir and make our predictions and business projections about the coming year. While it can be a fun exercise, it’s actually…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Overview of Compliance Concerns Raised by Recent U.S. SEC Whistleblower Developments

The recent release of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program highlights the growing reliance of U.S. Government authorities on whistleblowers to identify…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Fund Distribution Strategies Under the European AIFMD

After a year-long transitional period, the European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is now in force, in all but six EEA Member States. This article examines the methods now available to market private…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Orderly Unwinding: Here to Stay?

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) recently issued the ISDA 2014 Resolution Stay Protocol (Protocol), which takes effect on 1 January 2015. The Protocol aims to prevent adhering parties from immediately…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Worldwide Exchange of Tax Information: OECD Expands upon FATCA to Add New Requirements

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has focused worldwide attention on U.S. efforts to create a mandatory cross-border exchange of tax information, the enactment of FATCA was not an isolated occurrence. For more…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Coal in Your CLO Stocking: U.S. Risk Retention Effective Date

The federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing regulations under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act finalized rules for risk retention requirements in CLO transactions (the “Final Rule”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Open-Ended Fund Companies: Hong Kong Style

In March of this year, the Hong Kong government issued an industry consultation paper (Proposal) introducing a new regime for establishing Hong Kong-domiciled open-ended fund companies (OFCs) that might be structured as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council Requests Comments on Financial Stability Implications of Asset Management Activities

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) has taken the next step in its consideration of the asset management industry, by issuing a notice requesting public comment on whether asset management products and activities…more
| Finance & Banking

The Through-Train Leaves the Station: Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect Launches

Market participants were unsure what to expect when “Stock Connect” launched the morning of Monday, November 17, 2014.1 The program, sometimes called the Shanghai-Hong Kong “through-train”, provides a trading link between the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Can Offensive Personal Tweets Justify Dismissal?

Most of the case law in the UK on dismissals related to employees' social media activity has been at employment tribunal level and therefore the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Game Retail v Laws –…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law
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