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Public Finance Update: New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds: IRS Notice 2015-12 Application Submission and Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released Notice 2015-12 (the “Notice”), which solicits applications for allocations of the approximately $1.4 billion remaining available amount of national bond volume limitation…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

FHFA House Price Index Shows Increases for Fourteen Consecutive Quarters

On February 26, the FHFA House Price Index showed that U.S. house prices rose 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. This marked the fourteenth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

SEC Chair and European Union Financial Services Commissioner Meet

On February 26, the SEC Chair Mary Jo White hosted a meeting with European Union Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill. Chair White and Commissioner Hill discussed the importance of international cooperation in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

CFTC Reopens Comment Periods

On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

PTAB Allows Petitioner to Join Its Own Previously Filed Inter Partes Review

In Target Corp. v. Destination Maternity Corp., IPR2014-00508, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) granted Target Corporation’s Request for Rehearing on its previously denied Motion for Joinder, and ultimately granted…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations - Part Two of Three

Last month, Orrick’s Restructuring team began a three-part look at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Report. In part one we looked at issues related to confirmation, valuation, financing and asset sales. This…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Remote Controlled: Keeping Trade Secrets Safe While Employees Work Remotely

One of the biggest challenges the cyber-security field faces today—aside from outright hacking—is the fact that employees’ data is increasingly portable. Data portability can be a major boon for employers. For instance, it may…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Announces That It Will No Longer Refund FICA Taxes on Severance Payments

The IRS recently announced that severance payments are taxable wages under FICA, and thus employers who seek tax refunds on those payments will be denied. The IRS’s position reflects the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

To Whom Must The Whistle Blow? SEC Asks Second Circuit for Deference on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

In an amicus brief filed earlier this month in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LCC, the SEC asked the Second Circuit to defer to the Commission and hold that individuals who report misconduct internally are covered by the anti-retaliation…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Highlights From SEC Speaks 2015

Securities and Exchange Commission leadership and staff members addressed the public on February 20-21 at the annual “SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, D.C. Common themes among the numerous presentations included the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Fed Announces Dates of Stress Test Releases

On February 12, the Fed announced that results from the latest supervisory stress tests conducted as part of Dodd-Frank will be released on March 5, and the related results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review,…more
| Finance & Banking

Council of the EU Endorses Agreement with the European Parliament Regarding the MLD4

On February 10, the Council of the European Union published a press release stating that agreement had been reached with the European Parliament regarding the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) and the proposed revised…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

ICMA Publishes a Guide to the Pan-European Private Placement Market

On February 11, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) published a guide on common market standards and best practices for the development of Pan-European private placement (PEPP) transactions. The guide is intended…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Military Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

FMLC Publishes Letter to European Commission on Reporting and Transparency of Securities Financing Transactions

On February 10, the UK Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter to the Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union of the European Commission. The letter discusses the…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law
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