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UBS Puerto Rico, Others Tied to SEC Fraud Action

When the bond market collapsed in Puerto Rico many clients at UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico had significant losses. Many had purchased shares of UBS PR closed-end funds or CEFs. UBSPR had been selling...more

European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines – Part 3: The Rationale and Context Behind the Guidelines

In the third of our series of updates on the European Banking Authority (EBA) consultation paper on the draft EBA Guidelines on limits to the exposures that EU regulated banks should have to shadow banks (the Guidelines), we...more

SEC Seeks Public Input on Exchange-Traded Product Trading Issues

Growth in the ETP industry has led the SEC to seek public comment on a variety of topics related to the listing and trading of ETP shares. On June 12, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release (the...more

IRS Releases New Proposed Issue Price Regulations

On June 23, 2015, the IRS released new proposed Treasury Regulations (the “2015 Proposed Regulations”) concerning the definition of “issue price” for purposes of arbitrage investment restrictions on tax-exempt bonds. The...more

SEC Requests Public Comment on Issues Concerning Exchange-Traded Products

On June 12, 2015, the SEC published a Request for Comment (the “Request”) seeking public comment on topics related to the SEC’s oversight of the listing and trading of exchange-traded products (“ETPs”) on national securities...more

Treasury Revises Issue Price Regulations

The Treasury Department published in the June 24, 2015 Federal Register new proposed regulations for determining the “issue price” of bonds. The same announcement also withdrew the proposed regulations published in 2013 (the...more

US SEC Seeks Public Comment on the Listing, Trading and Selling of Exchange-Traded Products

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release (Release) on June 12, 2015 seeking public comment on topics related to the listing and trading of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on national securities exchanges...more

M&A Team News - April 2015

What Revlon Doesn't Require - Two decisions by the Delaware courts (In re Family Dollar Stores, Inc. and C&J Energy Services Inc. v. City of Miami General Employees' and Sanitation Employees' Retirement Trust have more...more

Increasing Hostility Towards Appraisal Arbitrage

Appraisal rights have become increasingly popular and controversial in recent years. While statutory appraisal remedies are intended to protect minority stockholders by enabling those who dissent to request a judicial...more

Delaware Courts’ Recent Decisions on Appraisal May Discourage Opportunistic Appraisal Arbitrageurs

In determining fair value, Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court take cues from deal price. On February 12, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s ruling in Huff Fund Investment...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Share-Tracing Standing Requirement for Appraisal Petitioners

The Delaware Court of Chancery issued companion opinions clarifying Delaware’s standing requirements for appraisal petitions under 8 Del. C. § 262. In In re Appraisal of, Inc., C.A. No. 8173-VGC, 2015 WL 66825...more

“Appraisal Arbitrage” Receives Boost from Delaware Court of Chancery

An increasingly popular hedge fund strategy, commonly referred to as “appraisal arbitrage,” recently received a significant boost from the Delaware Court of Chancery. Appraisal arbitrage refers to the practice of buying...more

Chancery Court Permits Appraisal Arbitrage

A fairly new litigation development is the subject of two Delaware Court of Chancery decisions issued on the same day. Both In re Appraisal of, Consol. C.A. No. 8173-VCG (Jan. 5, 2015), and Merion Capital v. BMC...more

Court Of Chancery Clarifies Standing For Appraisal Rights

Merion Capital LP v. BMC Software, Inc., C.A. 8900-VCG (January 5, 2015) and In Re Appraisal Of Inc., C.A. 8173-VCG (January 5, 2015) both deal with appraisal arbitrage and resolve who is entitled to file an...more

Final Treasury Regulations Set Deadline for Arbitrage Rebate Overpayment Claims

Effective November 13, 2014, the filing deadline for a claim for an arbitrage rebate overpayment on tax-exempt and other tax-advantaged bonds is two years after the final arbitrage computation date for the issue from which...more

Derailing an Expert in the Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation: What Every Litigator Needs to Know

The business of buying, selling, investing in, and arbitraging legal claims continues to grow, and carries with it hidden pitfalls. This is particularly the case when a litigation expert has a business relationship with a...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

Draw down bonds and date of issuance: questions remain with IRS guidance

For many years multifamily housing apartment projects could be financed with tax-exempt drawn-down bonds and loans with all of the bonds issued pursuant to a draw-down loan being treated as part of a single issue. The date of...more

Second Circuit Reverses SEC Market Timing Verdict

The Second Circuit reversed a jury verdict in favor of the SEC in a market timing case, concluding that there was no evidence to support it. Specifically, the Court found that the “SEC ultimately succumbs to its strategic...more

Basel Developments: A Renewed Focus on Credit Risk Mitigation Transactions and Regulatory Capital Arbitrage

Transactions that reduce regulatory capital requirements for banks have recently come under media and regulatory scrutiny. The New York Times characterized them as a “trading sleight of hand.” The Basel Committee on Banking...more

Water and Wastewater Projects: Financing with Tax-Exempt Bonds

Introduction - Managers of water and wastewater utilities face complex financial challenges. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide an overview of issues relating to the financing of water and wastewater projects...more

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