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OCC Establishes New Third-Party Risk Management Expectations, Including for Bank Relationships With Marketplace Lenders

The bulletin requires relationships between banks and marketplace lenders to be treated with the same rigor of due diligence and ongoing oversight as other relationships with third parties. On January 24, the Office of...more

New SBA Initiative Uses Global Impact Rating System for Private Funds, Companies

On Dec. 20, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new initiative with the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). GIIRS, a product of nonprofit B Lab, evaluates the operational and business...more

SEC and North American Securities Administrators Association Sign Information-Sharing Agreement

On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North America Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) entered into an information-sharing agreement in connection with intrastate crowdfunding...more

Small Business Valuation—What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Government contractors who have built successful businesses over a period of time often neglect to answer one simple question until very late in the game. The question, “What is my business worth?” has far-reaching...more

CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

Keep an Eye Out for Identity of Interest Affiliation

Anyone who does business with a small business government contractor will always want to be aware of any potential bases for affiliation that might arise. However, the so-called “identity of interest” affiliation, as...more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Lozano, Holds Typicality Does Not Require Identical Injuries Among Class Members

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed orders by the District Court for the Northern District of California certifying two national classes in an action under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair...more

Stretch out estate tax on business interests

Frequently, heirs of successful entrepreneurs are forced to sell off business interests at “fire sale” prices to help pay federal estate taxes. To alleviate the tax strain, Internal Revenue Code Section 6166 allows heirs to...more

Competition Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in competition for 2016. In contrast to 2015, which was marked by the adoption of the “fourth antimonopoly package”1, the past year was not...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Client Alert: State Supreme Court Decision Creates Limited Tax Refund Opportunities

Taxpayers who filed as, or were included as a member of, a unitary business group could qualify for a refund following a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that the Michigan Supreme Court chose to let stand on January...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING – 2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate Hits Nine Year High, Up More Than 10% from 2015 – GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

How to Qualify as a Women-Owned Small Business

Last year, we wrote about the opportunities available to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. There are also programs available to provide similar advantages to women-owned businesses. One such program is the...more

Alberta Investor Tax Credit: Alberta introduces a new investor tax credit aimed at small business

On January 16, 2017, the online application portal for the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) opened to Alberta small businesses seeking to benefit from the recently introduced AITC and it will remain open until the 2017...more

It’s a New Year, Are You Still a Small Business?

It is a new year, and this is the perfect time for a small business to consider whether it still qualifies as a small business. We recommend that small businesses assess their size at least once a year. Because eligibility...more

SBA Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

On January 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Notice, delaying the effective date of a recent Final Rule that was set to modify SBA’s regulations on the ability of a small business investment company...more

SBA Changes the Game

On November 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration released SOP 50 10 5(I) (the "SOP"), which is administrative speak for new standard operating procedures affecting loans to businesses involved in franchising. The...more

SBA Adopts Final Passive Business Rule Impacting BDCs with SBIC Subsidiaries 

On December 28, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the final version of the Passive Business Rule (the New Rule) under § 107.720 of the small business investment company (SBIC) regulations. Among other...more

New FAR Changes Incentivize Prime Contractors Not to Be Deadbeats in Meeting Their Payment Obligations to Their Small Business...

One common complaint we hear from our subcontractor clients is “HOW CAN WE GET PAID????” Our experience has shown that whether through inadvertence, lack of subcontract management resources – or even as a predatory business...more

Director Cordray’s Wall Street Journal interview today

Here are the highlights from Richard Cordray’s interview earlier today with the Wall Street Journal. He refused to respond to the question of whether or not the memo issued on January 20 on behalf of President Trump by...more

Post-Inauguration Outlook: ACA, Fiduciary Rule and Retirement-Related Tax Provisions

President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, officially ushering in Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of government. With Republican control of both houses of Congress, and a new...more

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Healthcare Options Following the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act and the Eventual Repeal of Obamacare - Overview - The presidential inauguration has come and gone. The House and Senate are already clearing the...more

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