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Financial Services Report - Fall 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Through hurricanes, wild fires, the publication of Hillary Clinton’s book, the birth of Amal and George Clooney’s twins, and the Dodgers’ historic losing streak, Director Richard Cordray and the CFPB’s...more

Debt Ceiling Expected to be Breached at the End of September

by Baker Donelson on

According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. will hit its debt limit at some point in late September. Congress has until then to raise the federal debt ceiling before the Department of the Treasury's so-called...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 23

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CBO Confirms Size of Breach of Defense Cap for FY18 Bills: The House FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill scheduled to be taken up in September would bust the Defense cap by $72 billion. This would cause the Office of Management...more

A New Trend? Singapore Company Targeted for U.S. Dollar Payments to Iranian Entities

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") recently announced a settlement with CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. ("TransTel"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CSE Global Limited ("CSE Global"), both of...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

OFAC Targets Alleged Mexican Drug Boss and “His Vast Network,” Including International Soccer Superstar

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Describing him as a “longtime Mexican Drug Kingpin,” the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated Raul Flores Hernandez and the “Flores Drug Trafficking Organization,” or ...more

United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s President and 13 Current and Former Government Officials

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the addition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons...more

Notice 2017-42 Provides for One-Year Extension of Existing Section 871(m) Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 4, 2017, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Notice 2017-42 (the “New Notice”) providing taxpayers with relief from certain aspects of the final and temporary regulations...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 20

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McConnell Sets Next Senate Vote for Sept. 5 (The Washington Post). House Set to Bundle 8 Leftover Spending Bills in September: Republicans are set to tackle remaining appropriations bills after returning from August recess,...more

OCC Seeks Comment on Volcker Rule to Implement Treasury Recommendations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is seeking comment to assist in determining how the final rule implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act, which is referred to as the Volcker Rule, could be revised...more

FinCEN Action Demonstrates the Agency’s Ability to Use Anti-Money Laundering Laws Against Non-U.S. Entities

On Wednesday, July 27, 2017, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a $110 million fine levied against BTC-e, a digital currency exchange, for BTC-e’s alleged refusal to abide by...more

Treasury Gives Taxpayers Extra Year to Meet Related-Party Debt Documentation Requirements; Per Se Equity Rule Unchanged

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The one-year postponement assists taxpayers that are developing compliance systems, amidst broader government review of the related-party debt regulations. On July 28, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and...more

One-Year Delay to the Application of Section 385 Documentation Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 28, 2017, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced in Notice 2017-36 (the “Notice”) that they will delay the documentation rules of Treasury regulation section 1.385-2 to debt instruments issued or deemed to be...more

U.S. Treasury Releases Revised FAQs Clarifying Upcoming Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a revised set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) further clarifying the scope and implementation process for the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

Ahead of Maduro Power Play, Trump Administration Sanctions Venezuelan Officials

by Hogan Lovells on

Ahead of a Constituent Assembly that could re-write the Venezuelan Constitution and dissolve state institutions, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated 13 current and former Venezuelan...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lack of workable replacement (so far, at least) be damned—the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has announced that [the scandal-plagued] Libor will be phased out by 2021 in favor of “transaction-based benchmarks”....more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

FSOC to Review Volcker Rule; Regulators Defer Enforcement for Foreign Funds

On Friday, July 28, 2017, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will preside over an executive session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) at the Treasury Department. The preliminary agenda includes a discussion about...more

CHOICE Act 2.0 Passes the House: What Is the ‘CHOICE’?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, or CHOICE Act 2.0, which scales back or eliminates many of the post-crisis financial reforms that were...more

Show Me the Money: Broadcaster Auction Payments Coming in Next Few Days

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According to a newly-released Public Notice, the FCC has directed the U.S. Department of Treasury to pay all broadcasters who had winning bids in the recently concluded spectrum incentive auction. The only exceptions are...more

Treasury’s Recommendations for the Volcker Rule

The U.S. Department of the Treasury previously issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States’ financial regulatory system. The report included detailed recommendations...more

Good News for Taxpayers: IRS Targets for Reform Burdensome Regulations on Partnerships, Corporations, REITs, Estates, and More

Earlier this year, President Trump issued Executive Order 13789, which ordered the Treasury Department to review all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identify regulations that impose an undue...more

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