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OFAC Issues Amendments to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

On January 26, OFAC announced amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement policy changes announced by the Obama Administration on December 17, 2014. The regulatory changes will, among other...more

Alberta announces new oil and gas royalty framework

Following the general election on May 5, 2015, Alberta’s new government moved swiftly to strike a panel (the Panel) to review and recommend changes to Alberta’s oil and gas royalty framework....more

What’s Driving the 2016 Regulatory Agenda for Labor and Employment Regulations?

As President Barack Obama enters the final year of his term in office, his far-reaching regulatory agenda for 2016 is full of labor and employment proposals that have eluded his predecessors. "In Washington, no bad idea ever...more

In Principle: 10 Things You Need to Know for 2016

Financial regulation is in a constant state of flux or, if you are feeling generous, evolution. In this publication, we focus on 10 key issues that we believe firms should be aware of going into 2016: - increased...more

Tax Outlook for 2016

If you only read one thing... - Expect 2016 to be relatively quiet with respect to tax-related legislation; however, much policy activity—in the tax-writing committees, the Treasury Department and on the...more

The Beat Goes On: Pennsylvania Takes Aim at Reducing Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry

Pennsylvania is currently a hotbed of regulatory initiatives focused on the oil and gas industry. The Environmental Quality Board, for example, will decide on February 3 whether to adopt the Department of Environmental...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 1

T+2 Settlement and Structured Notes - Introduction - In December 2015, the “T+2 Industry Steering Committee” published its Implementation Playbook. The Playbook is intended to provide, among other things, a...more

FINRA Releases 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

On January 5, FINRA released a letter regarding its regulatory and examination priorities for 2016. The letter focuses on the following three broad issues within the securities industry: (i) culture, conflicts of interest and...more

Redial: 2015 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

The Litigation Group of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP has published REDIAL: Redial: 2015 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant...more

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual...more

Obama Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans for Food and Agriculture

President Obama’s administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of...more

FDA Proposing Regulatory Shots in the Dark

On New Years’ Eve, the FDA released an interesting, and unsettling, proposed guidance indicating that it has plans to go public with what are essentially regulatory guesses, based on what it calls “emerging signals” that...more

Federal Reserve Raises Concerns with Shareholder Protection Agreements

Recently issued Federal Reserve regulatory guidance is critical of certain shareholder protection arrangements typical in private equity investments. Such arrangements raise regulatory concerns because they could limit a...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: The rise of the phoenix, the regulators' response and proposed reforms

Illegal phoenix activity broadly involves the transfer of assets between related companies to intentionally evade creditors. In October 2015 a comprehensive report in respect of the incidence, cost and enforcement of illegal...more

FCA publishes guidance on its approach to objectives

FCA has published general guidance on what firms and consumers can expect from the regulator alongside feedback to views received on an earlier version of the guidance. FCA details its approach to its key operational...more

FCA updates MoU with FOS

FCA has updated its memorandum of understanding (MoU) entered into with FOS. ...more

Fact sheet issued by FAA on state and local drone laws

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new fact sheet outlining state and local regulations related to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (better known as drones). The FAA said in its fact...more

California Launches Marketplace Lending, Merchant Cash Advance Inquiry

The recent announcement by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) that it has launched an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry represents an important development that could presage increased industry...more

A long time ago, in an on-demand world far, far away …

As this blog revels in the newest installment of the Star Wars saga, we remind you of our previous reports regarding an equally enthralling (to your humble bloggers, anyway) legal showdown: the legal issues swirling around...more

FAST Act to Provide Regulatory Relief to Community Banks

On December 4, President Obama signed into law H.R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act). Although a transportation bill on its surface, the bill also contains various provisions that are intended...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 9

ESMA Final Report on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits - On 26 November 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its Final Report on its “Guidelines on complex debt...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform

This session the NCGA passed four major bills dealing with Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform. State attractions were transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tthe Department of Cultural...more

Mass Gaming Commission Holds Daylong Forum on Daily Fantasy Sports

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held a daylong forum to educate the MGC commissioners, staff and the public on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and to inform the policy paper the MGC is...more

DOL’s Aggressive Regulatory Agenda Continues

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) role as a strong player in the Obama Administration’s domestic agenda shows no signs of letting up. DOL is poised to finalize big changes in the federal contracting and wage and hour...more

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