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Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: An Estate Planning Strategy for a Low-Interest-Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Valid at Inception Rule Shot Down by the Second Circuit

Marketplace lenders and investors that purchase interests in loans originated by banks should pay close attention as it could spawn a host of class action lawsuits if left standing. In a controversial opinion decided on...more

Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts: An Estate Planning Strategy

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Second Circuit Declines To Allow National Bank Preemption by Assignee of National Bank

A national bank can charge an interest rate that exceeds state law maximums, but the bank’s assignee cannot, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled recently, in a decision that could impact the ability of debt...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2015

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

CFPB Enforcement Actions Take on LO Comp and Fair Lending

Over the past couple of weeks, the CFPB has kept itself busy in the mortgage origination enforcement arena. In one complaint, the CFPB ordered a residential mortgage lender and its CEO to each pay a $1 million civil penalty...more

Second Circuit Holds Application of State Usury Laws to Third-Party Debt Purchasers Not Preempted by National Bank Act

On May 22, 2015, in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC (“Madden”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the application of state usury laws to third-party assignees is not preempted by the National...more

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest-Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Second Circuit Holds That National Bank Act Preemption Does Not Apply to an Independent, Third-Party Debt Collector That Purchased...

The Second Circuit recently issued a National Bank Act preemption decision with significant implications for purchasers of loans and other debt from national banks. See Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, --- F.3d ---, 2015 WL...more

Department of Education Releases Reports on SCRA Reviews of Major Student Loan Servicers

On May 26, the Department of Education announced the release of reports on its reviews of four major federal student loan servicers, which were conducted to ensure that the servicers adhered to federal law concerning loan...more

EBA Issues Guidelines on Management of Interest Rate Risk Arising from Non-Trading Activities

On May 22, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final guidelines on the management of interest rate risk arising from non-trading activities (EBA/GL/2015/08). The guidelines cover the management of...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Decision Approves Cramdown of Secured Creditors in Chapter 11 With Sub-Market Interest Rate And Disallows...

On May 4, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed the controversial and widely discussed decision of the Bankruptcy Court in In re MPM Silicones, LLC, 2014 WL 4436335 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y....more

Commercial Real Estate and the Broader US Economy: What Me, Worry?

You know, as an economist, I am a pretty good piano player. I struggle every morning, marinating in the news cycle, to try to understand what’s happened to the US economy and what its impact will be or might be upon the...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), April 30, 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

Aging Boomers, Low Yields Lead Regulators to Warn on Complex Products

The “boomer bulge” in the US aging demographic, combined with a persistent low-interest-rate environment, leads regulators to renew their warnings about retail sales of complex investment products to older investors....more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

EMIR: Non-Deliverable FX Forwards and Interest Rate Swap Clearing - Non-deliverable FX forwards - ESMA confirms that EMIR clearing requirements will not apply to non-deliverable FX forwards, though reserves its...more

New Interest Rate Thresholds

On 9 March 2015 Federal Law No. 32-FZ “On Amending Part II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation”, dated 8 March 2015, entered into force. The Law is aimed at softening the negative tax effect on borrowings resulting...more

2014 Pension Plan Regulatory Highlights

The start of the new year is as good a time as any to look back at some of the employee benefits regulatory developments of 2014 that were not previously covered in this column. Originally published in Employee Benefit...more

Missouri Disbands Eight Payday Loan Operations

On March 5, Missouri AG Chris Koster announced an agreement to cease operations with eight unlicensed online payday loan businesses, provide $270,000 in restitution, and forgive all loan balances for Missouri consumers....more

Pennsylvania Orders Unlicensed Payday Lender to Refund Fees

On March 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DOBS) entered into a consent order with four payday loan companies for allegedly violating three Pennsylvania state laws: the Consumer Discount Company Act...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds PBGC Determination Disallowing Post-Termination Plan Amendment

In PBGC v. Kentucky Bancshares, Inc. (6th Cir. 2015, No. 14-5573, unpublished), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a PBGC determination that Kentucky Bancshares violated applicable rules and regulations...more

French Reform of the Legal Interest Rate | Flash Info sur la rforme du taux d'intrt lgal

The legal interest rate is the reference rate used to calculate penalties for an obligation’s late performance. Calculated on the basis of the level of state financing on 13 weeks, the legal interest rate has decreased...more

Extremely Low Interest Rates: Your Estate Planning Opportunity is NOW

Janet Yellen this…. Janet Yellen that – good for business, bad for savers. In March 2015, the rates the IRS requires be used for estate planning are as low as ever. There are three estate planning opportunities that thrive on...more

A New Balancing Act: The DOJ Provides New Direction Regarding the SCRA's Interest Rate Benefit

When Congress reenacted the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) in 2003, Congress designed the SCRA to balance the interests of active duty servicemembers and their creditors, as it had done under the SCRA’s predecessor...more

Floating or Fixed Rates: Considerations in Choosing a Commercial Real Estate Mortgage

When financing a commercial real estate purchase, the devil finds its way into the details in surprising ways. One of the details that can provide a fair amount of headache for developers and investors is the decision to...more

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