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Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Bad Actor Rules

On December 4, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) concerning the recently...more

New Regulation D General Solicitation and “Bad Actor” Disqualification: Considerations for Private Funds

Offerings of private investment fund interests routinely rely on Rule 506 of the Regulation D “safe harbor” from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. Historically, such offerings have been strictly required to avoid...more

CFPB issues final trial disclosure policy

The CFPB has finalized its policy for exempting individual companies, on a case-by-case basis, from applicable federal disclosure requirements to allow those companies to test trial disclosures. The final policy encourages...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - August 2, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

SEC Issues Final Rules Implementing Provisions under the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank: Prohibition on General Solicitation and...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission), issued final rules implementing provisions of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

SEC Approves Final Rules that (1) Permit General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings and (2)...

The SEC has amended Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

SEC Adopts Rules Permitting General Solicitation and Advertising in Private Placements

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to its private offering safe harbors to implement Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In a 4-1 vote, the SEC...more

Why Does Everyone Want to Make Me Keep Thinking About Risk Retention

At last count, we now have four separate risk retention regimes (maybe five) that we need (or will soon need) to deal with as we attempt to restructure any securitization. They are, of course, all different. And let’s be...more

New Freedoms & Heightened Scrutiny Complicate the US Private Fund Marketing Environment

Originally published in CorporateLiveWire on February 21, 2013. The last few years have witnessed tectonic shifts in U.S. laws and regulations that effect the management and operations of hedge funds, private equity...more

New Rules Coming into Effect Affect Retirement Plans Entering into Swaps

New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more

Burr Alert: New Qualified Mortgage Rules Released By The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Few would dispute that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act or Act) has fundamentally altered the residential mortgage industry. Although the Act was passed just over three years ago,...more

Securities Law Essentials For Growing Companies

We recently gave a presentation at a CLE titled Securities Law Essentials for Growing Companies. The presentation included an overview of what constitutes a public offering, what is a security, classical private placements,...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Rules on Qualified Mortgages and Ability to Repay

Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act responded to concerns about the quality of mortgage loans by establishing incentives for lenders to seek to ensure that borrowers had the ability to repay mortgage loans made to them. In...more

Final Rule Issued on Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final ability to repay rule (Rule) on January 10, 2013. The Rule implements ability-to-repay provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed strict underwriting...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: CFPB Issues Ability-To-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its keenly awaited final "Ability-to-Repay" rule under Regulation Z that will require lenders to verify a consumer's ability to repay a mortgage loan as...more

Dodd-Frank Reform Bill May Put a Damper on Private Placements

Two little-noted provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), enacted on July 21, have the potential to make less attractive a "safe harbor" exemption for private...more

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