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House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

OFAC Increases Civil Monetary Penalties

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department announced an increase in civil monetary penalties across a number of Treasury offices, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Understanding the potential...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Financial Regulatory Reform

President Trump signed an executive order setting forth “core principles” in the regulation of the US financial system and directing the Treasury Secretary to review and report back to the President within 120 days on the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

The U.S.-EU Covered Agreement: Different Assessments By Different Audiences

On January 13, 2017, the week before the inauguration of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the negotiations between the full text of the agreement...more

Tax Guidance to Slow Under Trump. Even More Emphasis on Letter Rulings in Bond Transactions?

As the Trump administration attempts to substantially reduce the amount of federal regulations, both the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel of the Treasury Department and an Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service...more

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

Trump’s call to ‘rationalize’ federal financial regulation could threaten U.S. dual banking system

As a prelude to “doing a big number on Dodd Frank,” President Trump issued an Executive Order February 3 designating “core principles” of financial regulation, which include a directive to “rationalize the Federal financial...more

Will President Trump's Regulation Cuts Reduce Ongoing Disclosure for Bond-Financed Projects?

President Donald Trump on Feb. 3, 2017, signed an executive order entitled "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," which directed the Treasury Secretary to consult with financial regulators,...more

Trump Administration Takes Moderate Steps Against Iran. What Comes Next?

On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it was designating 25 entities and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their involvement in...more

Reporting by private funds on Treasury Form SHC

Every five years, the Department of the Treasury conducts a benchmark survey on the ownership of foreign securities by US residents. This data is collected on Form SHC and is next due on March 3, 2017, covering relevant...more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

Do Tax Regs Have an Out From the New 2-1 Rule?

As I previously discussed (here), President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring government agencies to identify two regulations for repeal for every new regulation that they wish to issue. The initial reaction of this...more

Presidential “Notice” Triggers New Iran Sanctions Designations

On February 3, 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury added twenty-five individuals and entities to its Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List. According to the White...more

IRS Announces the Last Day of the Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, which provides that the last day of the remedial amendment period for Code Section 403(b) retirement plans will be March 31, 2020. As discussed below,...more

U.S. Designates New Individuals and Entities for Iran-Related Sanctions

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed sanctions on an additional 13 individuals and 12 entities identified by the Treasury Department as “entities and individuals involved in...more

The New Issue Price Regulations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Late last year, the Treasury Department released final Treasury Regulations (the “New Regulations”) relating to the “issue price” of tax-exempt bonds, effective for bonds sold after June 7, 2017. Because the changes imposed...more

Treasury Releases Proposed Rules Implementing Partnership Audit Regime; Awaiting Publication in the Federal Register

On January 18, 2017, the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) released proposed regulations (REG-136118-15) (the “Proposed Regulations”) implementing the partnership audit provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the...more

Final Regulations on MLP Qualifying Income Provide Clarification

Final regulations issued by the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on January 19, 2017, revealed a set of new rules interpreting “qualifying income” under Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, affecting...more

Leaving on a Reconciliatory Note: President Obama Ends His Term with a Substantial Easing of the Sudanese Sanctions Regime

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced a significant relaxation of the U.S. sanctions with respect to Sudan that are currently administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The...more

CFPB continues work on student loan payback playbook disclosures

The CFPB recently revised the prototype student loan Payback Playbook disclosures it has been developing with the Departments of Education and Treasury. These revisions were based on feedback from nearly 3,500 individual...more

Predecessor and Successor Regulations

In December, the Treasury published temporary and proposed regulations clarifying the application of Section 355(e) when the distributing (D) corporation or the controlled (C) corporation has a predecessor (P) or...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

Federal Banking Regulators Assess $65 Million Penalty Against Default Management Company

On January 24, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a $65 million fine assessed against a default management...more

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