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IRS Pulls Determination Letter Program, Puts Premium on Plan Assessments by Sponsors

Effective January 1, 2017, the IRS has announced that, due to limited resources, it is eliminating the existing 5-year determination letter application staggered filing cycles for individually designed plans. Off-cycle filings…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

United States Supreme Court Poised to Address Standard for Insider Trading Following Second Circuit's Decision in United States v. Newman

Today, the Solicitor General filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), asking the United States Supreme Court to address the standard for insider trading in a…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

HIPAA Security Requirements Aren't Cloudy, Especially to Whistleblowers

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (SEMC) in Brighton,…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The World in US Courts: When Can Personal Jurisdiction Over a Non-US Company Be Based on Actions Taken By Its US Subsidiary?

Plaintiffs routinely try to impute the activities of US subsidiary companies to their non-US parents in an effort to obtain jurisdiction over the parents in American courts. While there is broad agreement as to the general…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even though…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q2 2015

After a slow start to initial public offerings in the first quarter of 2015, overall IPO activity began to pick up in the second quarter. However, concerns about turmoil in Greece, market declines in China and questions about…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Rating Agency Developments

On July 22, Moody’s republished its credit rating methodology report on EMEA CMBS transactions. On July 20, DBRS published updated Canadian surveillance methodology for CDOs of large corporate credit…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Securities Law

ESMA Publishes 17th Extract from EECS’ Enforcement Decisions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published extracts from the European Enforcers Coordination Sessions confidential database of enforcement decisions on financial statements. European Enforcers monitor and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets - For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates1) has drowned out news of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Judge Scheindlin Denies Motion to Dismiss NCUA Claims

On July 20, 2015, Judge Scheindlin of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied HSBC Bank USA, NA’s (“HSBC”) motion to dismiss claims brought by the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

SEC Awards Third Highest Whistleblower Award to Date

On July 17, 2015, the SEC announced a whistleblower award of over $3 million to a company insider who provided information that “helped the SEC crack a complex fraud.” This payout represents the third highest award under the…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Summary of Crescent No-Action Letter

On July 17, 2015, the SEC published a no-action letter addressing the effect on the sponsor’s credit risk retention requirement of the refinancing of one or more tranches of existing CLO debt, an issue which has been of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

EBA Publishes RWA Assessment as the Next Step in Improving Consistency of Internal Model Outcomes

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published two reports on the consistency of Risk-Weighted Assets (RWAs) across large EU institutions for large corporate, sovereign and institutions’ Internal Ratings-Based (IRB)…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

JPMorgan Settles RMBS Class Action

On July 17, 2015, lead plaintiffs filed a stipulation and agreement settling a 2009 class action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JPMorgan”) alleging that the bank had misrepresented the quality of loans underlying $10…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

ESMA’s New Q and A Responses on the Application of AIFMD and Consultation on New Guidelines

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published updated questions and answers on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which includes updated and new questions and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law
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