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California DBO Reports on Jump in Nonbank Installment Consumer Lending

According to a new report from the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO), installment consumer lending by nonbanks grew almost 50 percent in 2015, with the majority of loans between $2,500 and $5,000 featuring an...more

New IRS Guidance Allows More People to Use Charitable Trusts

Have you heard? More people can now use charitable remainder annuity trusts thanks to new IRS guidance in the form of Revenue Procedure 2016-42, issued recently....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.22.16

The SEC’s opened an inquiry into Hampton Creek in response to a Bloomberg report that the Just Mayo maker used undercover contractors to purchase its non-egg mayonnaise product in bulk not long before HC raised $90 million...more

IRS Releases September 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for September 2016 has remained at 1.4%. The September 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found...more

Are Appraisal Cases to Decline?

Among the most-discussed issues in corporate law today is whether appraisal actions should be curtailed. Triggered by above-merger price awards after deals were shopped in the market, the argument is that the appraisal...more

The difficulty of seeking interest as damages

In Mortgage Express v. Countrywide Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWHC 1830 (Ch), a professional negligence claim, the lender claimant sought compound interest as damages in addition to interest at the court rate, on the basis that it...more

[Webinar] Developments in the LIBOR antitrust MDL case - August 23rd, 12:30pm CST

You’re invited to join Stacey Slaughter (Partner) and Geoffrey Kozen (Associate), members of the Robins Kaplan LLP Business and Litigation group for a live webinar. Stacey and Geoffrey will provide and track basic information...more

FY 2017 Sequestration Reduction Percentage for Direct Pay Tax Credit Bonds Set at 6.9 Percent

According to an update released by The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB), the sequester reduction percentage applied to the payments made to issuers of direct pay bonds in FY 2017 will be 6.9 percent. This percentage will...more

Personal Planning Strategies - August 2016

Low Interest Rates Yield Wealth Transfer Opportunities - Low interest rates can create wealth transfer opportunities. For various wealth transfer techniques, the IRS assumes that a certain minimum interest rate is in...more

The Competition Appeal Tribunal Hands Down its Highest Ever Damages Award in a Flurry of Firsts

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered MasterCard Incorporated (MasterCard) and others to pay £68.6 million in damages to Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Sainsbury’s). The CAT held that MasterCard restricted...more

German Federal Court of Justice defines exception to disclosure obligation relating to gross margin of a swap

Exactly five years after its landmark decision in 2011, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) has handed down another important decision in the ongoing swap saga. Banks must normally disclose the...more

IRS Releases August 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for August 2016 has decreased to 1.4%. The August 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found...more

Implications of Madden v. Midland Funding

In earlier client OnPoints, we have provided a comprehensive review of recent developments in the U.S. affecting the marketplace lending industry, including the potentially far-reaching Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC case...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Bank must pay negative interest to client under a consumer mortgage loan

A recent binding advice of the Dutch Financial Services Complaints Tribunal (Tribunal) ordered a bank to pay negative interest to a client on the basis, inter alia, that there was no interest rate floor in the agreement. This...more

Increasing litigation in Spain regarding abusive clauses in mortgage loans

There is a growing tendency in recent years for borrowers in Spain to file claims alleging that certain provisions included in their mortgage loans are abusive or unfair. In addition, there is a very strong trend in Spanish...more

Will Madden v Midland Disrupt Loan Sales and Platform Lending?

Where do marketplace lenders and secondary loan market participants find themselves on the issue of preemption of state usury laws after the June 27 denial of the petition for a writ of certiorari in Madden v. Midland by the...more

UK Government Confirms Introduction of New Cap on Interest Deductibility

The UK Government has recently confirmed that it will be introducing a new cap on interest deductibility. Under the new rule, the ability of groups to obtain tax relief for interest will be limited by reference to a ratio of...more

Italian banks: Thoughts on recapitalisation and sharing the burden

Recapitalisation is in the air. Falling investor confidence has contributed to a sharp decline in Italian banks' share values, in particular since the UK's 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union. Total gross non-performing...more

Slovak mortgage loan interest rate rise invalidated

A recent Slovak ruling and consultation means that banks are likely to become more restricted in how they can make unilateral changes to mortgage loans (for example, to raise an interest rate in a floating rate loan). Slovak...more

Installment Lender Using Bank Partner Model Needs Maryland License, Court of Appeals Rules

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, in CashCall, Inc. et al. v. Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation, recently affirmed the judgment of the Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) directing CashCall to...more

Madden v. Midland Funding: Supreme Court Leaves Non-Bank Loan Assignees Exposed to State Usury Laws

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) denied Midland Funding LLC’s petition for certiorari in Madden v. Midland Funding, thereby letting stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Second...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of Controversial Second Circuit Loan Purchase Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review the Second Circuit’s controversial opinion in Madden v. Midland Funding. As a result, uncertainty remains for non-bank purchasers of commercial paper on the...more

Default Interest -The Doctrine of Penalties Revisited

Recent developments in the law of penalties mean that lenders should carefully review how their default interest provisions operate and whether the amount claimed as default interest can be justified as a genuine pre-estimate...more

Recent Supreme Court Action Creates Uncertainty in Financial Industry

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC. The High Court’s decision will allow a consumer class action against...more

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