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Citibank Breaks the Ice with a $23 Million Settlement in LIBOR Class Action

Citibank, N.A. has asked a federal district court to bless its $23 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging a wide-ranging conspiracy among banks to fix yen-denominated London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.10.16

We’ve all heard about the billions in tax savings associated with corporate tax inversions, but Deal Professor says the real tax-avoidance game is in a strategy called “earnings stripping”—a technique in which a multinational...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2016

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

Big Picture—What Could We See in 2016?

The other shoe finally dropped last month when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in seven years. Now in its 37th edition, "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016," the highly regarded annual report...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

CFPB and DOJ Continue Aggressive and Controversial Enforcement Efforts Against Indirect Auto Lenders with Enforcement Action...

On February 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against indirect auto lender Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (Toyota Motor Credit)...more

When interest rates are low, it’s high time for estate planning

Interest rates remain at record lows, and while many experts believe they’ll begin to rise soon, it’s likely they’ll rise slowly. So it’s an ideal time to implement estate planning strategies that are most effective in a...more

Is ISIS Killing Your Cash Flow? Protect Your Assets Now

Every time you turn on your T.V., there is a very good chance that the news is saying something about ISIS. The presidential candidates are also showing their concern for ISIS and their plans for them. From the Paris attacks...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2016

When interest rates are low, it’s high time for estate planning - Interest rates remain at record lows, and while many experts believe they’ll begin to rise soon, it’s likely they’ll rise slowly. So it’s an ideal time to...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2015

As we enter 2016, we want to thank you for the continued trust and confidence you place in Perkins Coie Trust Company. On the investment front, we anticipate continued stock market volatility this year as diverging global...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.28.16

Tough news for UK prosecutors yesterday, with a jury fully acquitting all 6 former brokers of Libor manipulation charges for their work with Tom Hayes – NYTimes and WSJ and Law360... The Fed wrapped up its January...more

"US Enforcement Authorities Tighten Post-Settlement Scrutiny of Financial Institutions"

Last year, financial institutions continued to settle in record numbers with federal and state criminal and civil authorities in areas including benchmark interest rate manipulation, economic sanctions and anti-money...more

IRS Releases February 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for February 2016 will stay at 2.2%. The February 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Article below for more information....more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Riding the BDC Consolidation Wave

The past 18 months have seen a wave of consolidation among business development companies (“BDCs”). Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. took over the advisory role for NGP Capital Resources Company (now OHA Investment Corporation) after...more

IRS Releases January 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for January 2016 will increase to 2.2%. The January 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found... Section 1274.-- Determination of Issue Price in the Case of Certain Debt Instruments Issued...more

Federal Reserve Announces Quarter-Point Hike to Interest Rates

On December 16, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors increased interest rates for the first time since June, 2006. The increase was small, only 25 basis points, from a range of 0-0.25 percent, to a range between...more

Council explains tougher benchmarks regulation

The Council has confirmed its agreement with EP that the approved benchmarks Regulation needs to be strict in order to restore trust in the integrity of benchmarks. The Council laid out the three categories of benchmarks...more

EIOPA updates on relevant risk-free interest rate term structures

EIOPA has updated its technical information on the relevant risk-free interest rate term structures to be applied by (re)insurance undertakings when calculating their technical provisions under Solvency 2. EIOPA has also...more

The Consumer Credit Card Market

Credit cards are central to the financial lives of most American consumers. Credit cards represent a key medium for U.S. consumer spending. In the first six months of 2015 alone, there were some 14.5 billion U.S. general...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.7.15

Yale’s Robert J. Shiller (he of the “Case-Shiller Home Price Indices”) offers the reminder that humans aren’t computers as an introduction for the idea that the Fed’s expected move on short-term interest rates doesn’t...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2015

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

NY Fed blog post calls into question objections to payday loans and rollover limits

A blog post about payday lending, “Reframing the Debate about Payday Lending,” posted on the New York Fed’s website takes issue with several “elements of the payday lending critique” and argues that more research is needed...more

Confirmed Start Dates for Clearing Under EMIR

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2205 (the “Regulation”) supplementing the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) was published on 1 December in the Official Journal of the European Union....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.3.15

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is doing all she can to soften the blow of (or at least sufficiently prep the markets for, bond traders be damned) the seemingly inevitable Fed interest rate liftoff at the Fed’s December meeting. ...more

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