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Closed End Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has, in recent months, increased its regulatory focus on investor awareness regarding closed-end funds (“CEFs”). In October of last year, FINRA issued an Investor Alert...more

The bond breakthrough

In November 2012, Barclays raised a US$3bn corporate bond with a difference. The bank issued a contingent capital note (or coco) – a bond that automatically converts into equity as soon as a bank incurs losses that reduce its...more

Beanie Babies Creator Seeks Probation for $107 Million UBS Account

The Chicago Tribune reports that Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner, who pleaded guilty last year to one of the largest tax frauds in Chicago-area history, has asked the federal court to sentence him to probation. His sentencing...more

European Commission Imposes EUR 1.71 Billion Fine for Participating in Illegal Cartels

On December 4, the European Commission announced that it had fined eight international banks a total of more than 1.7 billion for their participation in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the...more

Banking & Finance Litigation Update - Issue 70 (Global)

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking - Domestic General - European Banking - European General - International Banking - International General - Press Releases - Excerpt from...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Against UBS

On September 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal, as time-barred, of a class action brought by RMBS certificateholders against UBS over losses related to the RMBS. Filing suit in...more

Tax Law Blog: Tax Evasion Charges for Ty Beanie Babies Creator

I have to think most people at least know what a "Beanie Baby" is, and some of you may still have them in your homes (someday they will be collector items, right?). This morning, Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies, was...more

UBS Settles RMBS Claims Brought by the FHFA

On September 4, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered an order dismissing with prejudice the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s claims against UBS Securities Inc....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 16, 2013

UBS Settles RMBS Claims Brought by the FHFA - On September 4, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered an order dismissing with prejudice the Federal Housing...more

Federal Court Grants in Part UBS and JP Morgan Motions to Dismiss RMBS Suits

On September 3, Judge John W. Lungstrum of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss by UBS Securities LLC and JP Morgan Securities LLC in four separate...more

New York Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Repurchase Suit Against UBS

On August 15, Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of the District Court for the Southern District of New York denied UBS Real Estate Securities Inc.’s motion to dismiss a suit by several RMBS mortgage trusts in connection with the...more

UBS Reaches Settlement with the FHFA

On July 25, the FHFA announced that it had settled its claims against UBS AG concerning mortgage-backed securities that UBS sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 2004 and 2007. UBS agreed to pay a total of $885 million....more

Securities Claim Against UBS Based on RMBS Credit Ratings Allegations Revived

On July 22, Judge Denise Casper of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts permitted plaintiff Capital Ventures International to pursue Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act claims against UBS...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...more

Former Financial Trader Charged with Fraud in SFO LIBOR Investigation

As part of the continuing investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into the manipulation of LIBOR, the City of London police charged former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes with eight counts of fraud on June 18....more

The Libor Scandal: What's Next?

The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) is calculated daily by the British Banking Association (BBA) and published by Thomson Reuters. The rates are calculated by surveying the interbank borrowing costs of a panel of banks...more

Will the Latest Opinion by A District Court Adopting a Broad Definition of Who is a Whistleblower Encourage More Internal...

On Tuesday, another New York federal district court ruled that an employee need not report a disclosure directly to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be afforded the protections under the anti-retaliation...more

Tax Compliance Update: IRS Aggressively Pursues Foreign Banks; Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program to Remain Open Indefinitely

In our most recent discussion of the IRS’s Offshore Enforcement Initiatives, we discussed the John Doe Summons recently issued by the U.S. Department of Justice to Wells Fargo seeking information about First Caribbean...more

Assured and UBS Agree to Settle RMBS Litigation for $358 Million

On May 6, monoline insurer Assured Guaranty Ltd. announced a $358 million settlement with UBS and its affiliates stemming from losses on residential mortgage-backed securities that were issued, sponsored or underwriten by...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - May 13, 2013

In This Issue: FHFA Limit on Fannie and Freddie Loan Purchases to Qualified Mortgage; Rating Agency Developments; MBIA and Bank of America Settle MBS Litigation for $1.7 Billion: Assured and UBS Agree to Settle RMBS...more

New York State Court Dismisses RMBS Fraud Suit Against UBS

On April 5, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich dismissed with prejudice a suit brought by six Loreley Financing entities against various UBS entities. Loreley alleged fraud stemming from UBS’s issuance of...more

Second Circuit Affirms Denial of UBS’s Motion to Dismiss FHFA Complaint

On April 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying UBS’s motion to dismiss the complaint brought by the FHFA. FHFA sued UBS as conservator of Fannie Mae...more

Second Circuit Allows FHFA MBS Suits To Proceed

On April 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s partial denial of a financial institution’s motion to dismiss on standing and timeliness grounds a suit brought by the FHFA. Fed. Hous....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 15, 2013

Fed Proposal on Annual Assessments - On April 15, the Fed requested comment on a proposed rule to establish an annual assessment for bank holding companies and savings and loan companies with $50 billion or greater in total...more

As Foreign Banks May Disclose U.S. Depositors, Foreign Account Holders Should Consider IRS OVDI Program

In December, Bank Leumi le-Israel BM issued a letter notifying its U.S. account holders about the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (the OVDI). The IRS OVDI is a type of amnesty program under which U.S. citizens...more

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