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Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector

Impact of Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all commodities declined from 2012, with particularly sharp declines during 2015 and into 2016, as supply...more

Defalcation is a Dirty Word, But Not the End of the World

The word “defalcation” remains one of the more frightening terms in the title insurers’ lexicon. But with the proper training, preparation, and response, defalcations can be managed, and the title insurers’ exposure...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 12, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Jurisdiction/Deficiency Judgment: Second DCA agrees with Third DCA that “a circuit court has subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate an independent deficiency action when the plaintiff had...more

Best Practices to Thwart Hackers Using Email to Get Your Money

Not a week goes by without some news report of another hacking incident. The industries targeted include large retail stores, restaurants, banks, attorneys, accountants and recently in Maryland, a title company. In...more

A Bank is a Bank

Do you remember when I wrote about how a federal district court had ruled that an online poker account was akin to a bank account and should therefore be subject to FBAR reporting? It seemed nonsense to me at the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 5, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Discovery: Good cause not found to enter protective order preventing owner of property, subject to foreclosure, from deposing bank’s only witness on basis that owner of property was not...more

Startup M&A: Why a Letter of Intent Deserves Your Full Attention

You might know it as a letter of intent or a term sheet. Maybe you’ve heard it referred to as an MOU, or memorandum of understanding. Whatever you call it, this document of about five pages is a summary of the terms of a deal...more

A New Path to Capital Opens for North Carolina Businesses

The NC PACES Act: “Providing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Small Business” is expected to be signed into law very soon. After years in the making, “intrastate” crowdfunding is coming to North Carolina. ...more

SEC Charges Attorneys Who Implemented Fraud Scheme

Two attorneys, with fiduciary duties to their clients by virtue of their role as escrow agents, served not as the protector of client funds, but enablers of a fraudulent scheme. The plot was uncovered by OCIE during an...more

No Closure Yet on the Issue of Aggregation of Claims Against Solicitors

The Court of Appeal in AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP (formerly The International Law Partnership LLP) has ordered a retrial of the question of whether actions brought by 214 investors in two failed holiday property schemes in...more

Mooting Class Actions by Offer of Judgment – Episode 2: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back

In Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court resolved a split among courts and held that an unaccepted settlement offer of complete individual relief does not moot the plaintiff’s lawsuit. ...more

CFPB Issues Second Rule to Implement the HELP Act, Expanding Qualified Mortgage Coverage for Lenders in Rural and Underserved...

As we have addressed, Congress passed the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act of 2015 (HELP Act) on December 4, 2015, in efforts to expand the designation of additional areas as being "rural" under...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Mootness Where Defendant Escrows Offered Funds, Broadening Campbell-Ewald

The Ninth Circuit has answered questions left open by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez decision by finding a putative class action was not moot even where the defendant deposited the offered funds into...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Advancement Rights Of Seller Representative

This is an interesting advancement case as it applies the usual test of whether the former directors have been sued “by reason of the fact” they were directors in the context of suit against former owners’ representative for...more

The Advantage of Crossover Refunding of Build America Bonds

Many governmental entities considering an advance refunding of their Build America Bonds (“BABs”) can achieve a better economic result by using a crossover refunding. While an advance “net” refunding typically results in a...more

CFPB invites comments on “Application Process for Designation of Rural Area under Federal Consumer Financial Law”

As we previously addressed, the CFPB issued a final rule to expand the definition of “rural areas” under Regulation Z with regard to the authority of small creditors to make certain qualified mortgage loans under the ability...more

TRID Rule Technical Correction?

In the Federal Register the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a correction to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule supplementary information as published on December 31, 2013, with regard to...more

FINRA Reminds Members of Obligations in Offerings Subject to a Contingency

On February 8, 2016, FINRA released Regulatory Notice 16-08 relating to the contingency offering requirements of Rules 10b-9 and 15c2-4 under the Exchange Act. The Notice arises from FINRA’s review of various private...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million...more

Smart Selling And Buying: 5 Main M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

Marcellus Shale drilling was taking off, and the owner of an oil and gas service company fielded a buyout offer from a Wall Street private equity firm. Golden opportunity, right?...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Law - Abu Dhabi Law No 3 of 2015 Concerning the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of...

The long-awaited real estate law aimed at regulating the real estate industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been released amid much enthusiasm with industry participants hoping it will give impetus to the real estate...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 23, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Documentary Stamp Tax: deferred interest on a “pick-a-payment” mortgage did not amount to future advance, which would have required payment of documentary stamp tax - Steinberg v. Wells...more

Third Circuit Provides Gifting Guidance in § 363 Sales

Under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor is permitted to sell substantially all of its assets outside of a plan of reorganization. Over the past two decades, courts have increasingly liberalized the standards under...more

New Condominium Sponsor-Developers Guidelines Go Into Effect November 1: Certificates of Occupancy

Earlier this week, the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (REF) provided significant guidance on several issues facing sponsor-developers of new construction and gut-renovation...more

Maryland Corporate Law Update – 2015

In the 2015 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly implemented several useful changes to the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”). House Bill 522 (now Chapter 526 of 2015 Session Laws and referred to...more

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