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Seattle Considers Development of Sharia-Compliant Financing

As the United States continues to become increasingly diverse with residents from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths, financial institutions are working to find ways to provide both consumer and commercial...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

Committee publishes IRRBB responses

The Basel Committee has published the responses to its June consultative document on the interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB). The consultation on the risk management, capital treatment and supervision of IRRBB...more

Fall 2015 SBIC Debenture Coupon Rates Remain at Historical Lows in Largest SBIC Offering

In September 2015, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed a pooling of SBA debentures in the amount of nearly $1.2 billion, the largest pooling in the program’s 56-year history. The SBA debentures have a coupon rate of...more

3rd Quarter 2015 Federal Tax Overpayment and Underpayment Interest Rates

Please see chart below for more information....more

Changes to Military Lending Act on the Horizon

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently published its Final Rule amending the Military Lending Act’s (MLA) implementing regulation. The MLA, passed by Congress in 2006, provides active duty service members and their...more

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

What’s So Interesting About Interest Rates?

For those of us who regularly handle state audits, the focus is usually on the legal or factual arguments as to why no additional taxes are due. And it’s great when our clients can walk away with no additional taxes to pay....more

Claim Purchasing as a Strategy to Avoid a Cramdown

While there are many factors that can lead a business or individual to file a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition seeking to reorganize a business, often times, particularly in a single-asset real estate case, the primary impetus...more

Case Update: Madden v. Midland Funding

Despite the strong petition and amici briefs, the Second Circuit denied the request to rehear the Madden v. Midland Funding case. With the denial of the petition on August 12 (order attached), it is now clear that Madden is...more

Why Does the CFPB Want to Curb Auto Lenders’ Discretion to Charge Higher or Lower Interest Rates?

On July 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced they had reached a “groundbreaking settlement” with American Honda Finance Corporation (“Honda”).(1) The...more

Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter - Summer 2015

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This summer’s weather is a mix of hot and cold temperatures, and the rain we need so desperately is coming now in sprinkles along with thunder and lightning. Along with changes in the...more

FTB Releases Plans for May Department Stores Interest Computation Adjustments

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced plans to make adjustments to interest rate calculations in certain circumstances involving May Department Stores v. United States to approximately 27,000 taxpayer...more

FTC refunds consumers for telemarketing scam

The FTC recently announced that it is sending more than $969,000 to 10,387 customers who were bilked out of their funds through a telemarketing scam operated by Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB)....more

2015 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

Payment is due at the time services are rendered

Typically, physicians collect co-payments from patients when services are provided, submit claims for reimbursement to government and commercial payers, and then send bills to patients for the balance owing. The payment and...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2015

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

Comptroller Talks Interest Rate, Compliance, and Cybersecurity Risks Facing Financial Institutions

On July 24, OCC Comptroller Curry delivered remarks before the New England Council in Boston, MA regarding the risks that financial institutions face today. Rising interest rates and regulatory compliance were two of the...more

CFPB Settles with Bank and its Two Affiliates for $18.5 Million over Alleged Faulty Student Loan Servicing Practices

On July 22, the CFPB announced that a major bank and its two affiliates agreed to pay $18.5 million to resolve allegations that the entities engaged in inadequate private student loan servicing practices. According to the...more

Department of Treasury Seeks Public Feedback on Online Marketplace Lending

On July 20, the Federal Register published the Department of the Treasury’s Request For Information on Expanding Access to Credit Through Online Marketplace Lending (RFI). The RFI seeks public comment on the three specific...more

Multiemployer Pension Plans - Withdrawal Liability is Mounting

There are approximately 1,400 multiemployer pension plans and nearly 10 percent are projected to become insolvent within the next 15 years. Plan insolvency will trigger a termination and the assessment of withdrawal...more

Tax Proposals to Eliminate Interest Deductions Miss the Mark

The proposal to eliminate the interest deduction may have a material adverse impact on U.S. middle-market companies. In March, Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, together with Senator Michael Lee,...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Rule Expanding Military Lending Act to Credit Cards and Other Consumer Lending Products

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) announced the final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s (“MLA”) implementing regulations. The changes apply the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer...more

Negative Interest Rate Consequences

Over the last few months, the financial press has been filled with reports of negative interest rates. For example, on December 18 2014, the Swiss National Bank announced that it would move from a zero percent interest rate...more

New York Limits Interest Rates on Loans to New York-based Military Personnel

Since 2005, banks have continued to provide certain military service members with loans that require payment of interest far beyond the 16% New York state cap under what has become known as the “Fort Drum Loophole.” The...more

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