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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.23.15

Clocking in at an as-promised $150 billion, the Pfizer/Allergan merger is a done deal, marking one of the biggest ever takeovers in the health care industry. As mentioned here last week, the deal finalization comes on the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

Legislation Introduced to Extend Earned Income Tax Credit to Commonwealth Residents

Following up on one of the Administration’s legislative proposals to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, on October 22, 2015, Senator Robert Menendez introduced a bill “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Barclays and Wachovia Settle with NCUA - On October 19, 2015, Barclays PLC and Wachovia Capital Markets LLC agreed to pay $325 million and $53 million, respectively, to settle claims brought by the National Credit Union...more

Obama Administration’s Legislative Proposal to Address Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis

On October 21, 2015, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell unveiled a legislative proposal, a copy of which is...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Relating to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults - On Oct. 15 FINRA published Regulatory Notice 15-37, requesting comment on proposed amendments to...more

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico Reaffirms that Violence in the Workplace Justifies First Offense Termination

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico recently reaffirmed its previous position that an act of aggression by an employee towards a coworker is sufficient to establish just cause for termination under...more

Chicken Sandwich Recipe, Name Not Eligible for Copyright Says First Circuit - Colón-Lorenzana v. South American Rest. Corp.

Neither a chicken sandwich recipe nor its name is eligible for copyright protection. Colón-Lorenzana v. South American Rest. Corp., Case No. 14-1698 (1st Cir., Aug. 21, 2015) (Howard, C.J.)....more

UBS Puerto Rico, Others Tied to SEC Fraud Action

When the bond market collapsed in Puerto Rico many clients at UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico had significant losses. Many had purchased shares of UBS PR closed-end funds or CEFs. UBSPR had been selling...more

Can Alphabet Soup Fix Puerto Rico’s Debt Service Issues?

Last week, the Working Group for the Fiscal and Economic Recovery of Puerto Rico gave the broadest hint yet of the next tactic in Puerto Rico’s ongoing quest to deleverage itself. Although the details have not yet been...more

Medicare Telehealth Services in Puerto Rico

As U.S. health care providers continue to use telehealth, telemedicine, and virtual care services to expand their services and geographic footprint overseas, they are beginning to ask whether or not Medicare will cover...more

First Circuit Says Plaintiffs Cannot Prevail on Location-Based Discrimination Claims Based on a Disparate Impact Theory

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that former employees of a FEMA call center could not proceed in their Title VII location-based disparate impact and retaliation claims against the agency. The case,...more

What’s the Alternative?

FEMA Employees sued when FEMA closed its Puerto Rico-based call center. The call center was originally a “temporary” center set up to address calls from Spanish-speaking victims of a hurricane. The leased facility was...more

Distressed Download - July 2015

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District Court...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Changes to Reporting and Disclosure Obligations for Investment Companies and Advisers - SEC Charges Hedge Fund Executives and External Auditor for Improper Disclosure of Expense...more

School Bus Company Owners Indicted for Bid-Rigging and Fraud in Puerto Rico

On May 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico indicted five individuals for bid rigging and fraud conspiracies in connection with an auction for public school bus transportation contracts. The auction was...more

Desde Panama Hasta Puerto Rico - Transitional Tax Planning Considerations Before You Move to Puerto Rico

Overview - My family lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1960-2004. Even though it does not exist in its former status, I still consider it home. For most of the kids in my generation, it is their primary identification,...more

First Circuit Hears Oral Arguments on Validity of Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act

A few reactions to today’s oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit regarding the validity of Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act...more

Distressed Download - March 2015

What Happens in Delaware Does Not Always Stay in Delaware: Caesars Victorious in Venue Battle - On Wednesday, January 28, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware transferred venue for the involuntary bankruptcy...more

Reminder: Filing Deadline is Near for Qualification Amendments to Puerto Rico Qualified Retirement Plans

The annual deadline to file plan qualification amendments with the Puerto Rico Treasury (the "Hacienda") for most qualified retirement plans that cover Puerto Rico residents is fast approaching: for plan sponsors filing taxes...more

FDIC Resolves Doral Bank in a New Receivership Action

The $5.9 billion Doral Bank (San Juan, Puerto Rico), a wholly owned subsidiary of Doral Financial Corporation (Coral Gables, Florida), was closed by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, on...more

Puerto Rico Debt Recovery Act Ruled Unconstitutional1

On Friday February 6, the Puerto Rico Federal District Court ruled the Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (the “Recovery Act”) unconstitutional. Franklin Calif. Tax-Free Trust, et al. v. Comm. Of Puerto Rico et al., (D.P.R.,...more

U.S. District Court Holds that Puerto Rico's Recovery Act is Unconstitutional

On February 6, 2015, Judge Francisco Besosa of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico held that the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (the “Recovery Act”) is expressly preempted...more

Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act Ruled Preempted: What Now?

At the end of “The Candidate”, Robert Redford’s title character, having won, famously asks, “What do we do now?” A similar question can be asked now that the federal district court in Puerto Rico has struck down the...more

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