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Locke Lord Article: New Tax Rules for Captives Target Abuse

As part of a tax bill signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015 (The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 hereafter, the 2015 Act), the rules governing the deductibility of premiums paid to small captive...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

FHFA Issues Final Rule Amending Regulations Governing Eligibility for FHLBank Membership

On January 12, the FHFA issued a final rule amending membership eligibility in the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) system. The final rule, which follows the FHFA’s September 2014 proposal to revise the requirements for...more

IREG Update - FHFA cuts off FHLB access to captives

FHFA cuts off FHLB access to captives - After considering input received in more than 1,300 comment letters submitted in response to a proposed rule issued in 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued its...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency Acts to Prohibit Federal Home Loan Bank Membership by Captive Insurance Companies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or Agency) on January 12, 2016 finalized a portion of the proposed rule that it had issued on September 12, 2014 redrawing the criteria for Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) membership....more

Proposed Legislation on Captive Insurance Companies Could Change the Game

Captive insurance companies (that is, insurance companies owned and controlled by its insureds to underwrite the risks of the parent and/or the parent’s affiliated companies) are an increasingly popular tool for small...more

Connecticut Insurance Department Publishes Three Bulletins Mandating Financial Reporting

The Connecticut Insurance Department issued three bulletins on November 17, 2015, each of which mandate financial reporting by insurers to the Department. Bulletin Number FS-4AR-15 requires all accredited reinsurers doing...more

Arbitration Award That Attempted To Indirectly Adjudicate Non-Party Vacated As Exceeding Arbitrator’s Authority

The dispute involved whether a defense contractor, its owners, and its captive insurance companies (collectively, “OSI”) were entitled to a return of their premiums from a non-party insurer (“PoolRe”) that serviced a risk...more

Religious Institutions Update: December 2015

Captive insurance companies can be a win-win for organizations with excellent claim records that would rather accrue their insurance premiums than pay them to a third-party insurer. Put simply, captive insurers are insurance...more

NAIC Panel Approval May Pave Way Towards Elimination of Variable Annuity Captives

A panel of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) recently approved a preliminary framework that may pave the way towards eliminating variable annuities captive reinsurance transactions. The framework,...more

Tennessee Issues Bulletin Re Reinsurance Ceded to Unauthorized Reinsurers by Tennessee Captives

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance recently issued a bulletin providing guidance to the Tennessee captive insurance industry on credit for reinsurance obtained by Tennessee captives from unauthorized...more

The Prospect for a Legislative Fix in the Case of Certain Promoters Using Micro Captives Deemed Abusive by the IRS

Despite a considerable reduction in budget and personnel, the Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this year that it would devote considerable time and effort to crack down on what it views as widespread abusive...more

FIO Issues 2015 Annual Report

Last month, the Federal Insurance Office (“FIO”) issued its Annual Report for 2015. The Report discusses many financial consumer protection and regulatory issues, both domestic and international, relating to the business of...more

IREG Update - October 2015 #2

Hot Topic - The FIO's criticism of state regulators regarding captive reinsurance framework - The Federal Insurance Office in its September 2015 "Annual Report on the Insurance Industry" criticizes state insurance...more

NAIC Proposes Changes to Life Insurer Disclosure Requirements and Treatment of Investment Affiliates

This month, the NAIC set forth a variety of proposals relating to changes risk-based capital (“RBC”) requirements, as well as treatment of investment affiliates. In particular, the NAIC seeks to require life insurers to...more

Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case

A recent federal district court decision dismissing a putative class action complaint against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company may portend trouble for plaintiffs pursuing a number of similar so-called "shadow insurance"...more

State Data Breach Notification Requirements Specifically Applicable to Insurers

Almost all U.S. states and territories have enacted breach notification laws requiring private and/or government entities to notify individuals when their personal information is compromised....more

The Practical Need for Managers of Micro Captives and the Allure of 'Off Label' Uses

Every tax season, the Internal Revenue Service releases a “Dirty Dozen” list of schemes that it considers abusive and widespread enough to present a systemic threat to its enforcement of the tax laws. This year’s list...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2015

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

Texas Amends Captive Insurance Regulation

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has recently signed into law amendments to the Texas Insurance Code broadening the authority of captives. This law is effective as of September 1, 2015. There are three amendments in this...more

Insurance News, Summer 2015

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee asked Michael Menapace to testify as an expert witness at a hearing called by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security entitled, "Examining the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending August 21 & 28 , 2015

Foreclosure/Statute of Limitations: statute of limitations did not bar foreclosure action even though filed more than five years after breach and acceleration of note upon which previous foreclosure action that had been...more

NAIC Summer 2015 National Meeting (A)XXX Developments and Key Takeaways

A number of important developments in the regulation of (A)XXX reserve financing transactions ((A)XXX transactions) emerged during the NAIC Summer 2015 National Meeting (Summer Meeting). Our roadmap through the NAIC’s...more

PHH Wins Stay of $109M CFPB Enforcement Penalty

On August 5, 2015, PHH Corp. (“PHH”) won a stay of the $109M penalty handed down by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) director Rich Cordray. Cordray’s aggressive legal reasoning and the harsh penalties he imposed,...more

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