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OSC addresses uncertainty on distributions outside Canada

On June 30, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) proposed a new “distributions out” regime that aims to clarify compliance requirements for Ontario issuers selling securities to investors outside Canada....more

Court Finds Broad Exemption for IRAs

In In re Elizabeth Bratton Moore, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Sherman Division) ruled that the exemption for IRAs in Section 42.0021 of the Texas Property Code applies not only while the funds are...more

SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance

Since at least March 2016, SEC examiners have reportedly been checking whether mutual fund firms are complying with the SEC staff’s recent guidance on “distribution-inguise.” The guidance suggests that fund boards,...more

Safe Harbor Acquisition of Control for Spin-Offs

Code Section 355, and related Code provisions, when applicable, will allow a corporation to spin-off or split-off a subsidiary corporation to its shareholders without triggering gain to the corporation or its stockholders....more

Blog: The Insurance Distribution Directive: EIOPA’s technical advice on delegated acts, and next steps

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) came into force on 23 February 2016, and must be transposed into the national laws of the EU Member States by 23 February 2018. The IDD gives the European Commission a power to adopt...more

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

Supreme Court Decision Establishes New Law Concerning The Rights Of Trustees In Rhode Island

In a case of first impression, the Rhode Island Supreme Court recognized a statutory right for trustees to recover their attorneys’ fees when a trust beneficiary refuses, without any basis, to release the trustee of his or...more

Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank

The oldest of the 75 million baby boomers have begun turning 70 in 2016. Becoming a septuagenarian is a milestone in itself, but it also means that soon the IRS will likely be expecting you to start cashing out your...more

Trial Court Dismisses Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits

On May 2, a trial court in DeKalb County, Georgia, dismissed two class action patronage capital lawsuits filed against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) and certain distribution electric...more

Discretionary Trust Interest Held Subject to Federal Tax Lien

Code Section 6321 imposes a federal tax lien for unpaid taxes upon “all property and rights to property, whether real or personal” that belong to the delinquent taxpayer. Is a beneficiary’s interest in a trust a property...more

Three Key Takeaways from NAFOA's 34th Annual Conference

The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) held its 34th annual conference on April 17-20, 2016, at the Gila River Indian Community's Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix. NAFOA is a national non-profit...more

Blog: The Insurance Distribution Directive, The Commission’s Call For Advice, And Next Steps

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) came into force on 23 February 2016, and it must be transposed into the national laws of the Member States of the European Union by 23 February 2018. In the meantime, the European...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Offers New Guidance on “Distribution in Guise” Payments

On January 6, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued its first written guidance (“New Guidance”) on payments made by mutual funds to intermediaries for distribution and...more

ECB recommendation on dividends in OJEU

ECB’s recommendation on banks’ dividend distribution policies has been published in the OJEU. It recommends that credit institutions with obligations under the fourth Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation package...more

Council adopts IDD

The Council has adopted the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD). It agreed the text previously released (see FReD 11 December) without further discussion. The Council had previously published an item note to the Permanent...more

SEC Payments "in Guise" Case Resolves Little

The SEC has long considered whether mutual funds are making distribution payments “in guise”—i.e., payments primarily intended to result in sales of fund shares but disguised as something else. See “Feds Dig for Disguised...more

EBA publishes MDA opinion

EBA has issued its opinion on the trigger, calculation and transparency of the Maximum Distributable Amount (MDA). The opinion clarifies that the MDA should be calculated taking into account both minimum (Pillar 1) and...more

Court Rejects Private Equity Group’s Claims on Put Price in LLC Agreement

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently explained the calculation of a put price for units in PECO Logistics, LLC v. Walnut Investment Partners, L.P. The LLC Agreement provided as following methodology for calculating...more

"SEC Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

Treasury Finalizes Regulations on the Varying Interests Rule Under Section 706

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations under Section 706(d), providing rules for determining the partners’ distributive shares of...more

Status Update on Targeted Allocation Regulations

I’m at the ABA Tax conference this week and one of this morning’s first panels included a discussion of hot topics in partnerships. Curtis Wilson, IRS Associate Chief Counsel in Passthroughs and Special Industries,...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

Qualification of Certain Section 355 Spinoff Transactions Added to No-Rule List as IRS and Treasury Study the Topic

On September 14, 2015, the government released Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43, both relating to Section 355 spinoffs. They respond to government concerns about spinoff transactions that result in the distributing...more

IRS to Prohibit Lump-Sum Cashout Windows for Pension Plan Retirees

As described in a prior alert, the IRS issued Notice 2015-49, which abruptly announces the IRS’s intention to prohibit lump-sum cashout windows for pension plan retirees already in pay status. The IRS intends to prohibit...more

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