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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.4.16

The Journal gives us a closer look at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi—the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472)—that’s deeply tied to Siena and that’s threatening to drag the whole of the region’s economy down with it if it fails,...more

DOJ Secures $83 Million Settlement Over Alleged FHA Underwriting Violations

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had secured a settlement from a national lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act, Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.29.16

OPEC has reached a tentative deal among its 14 member nations to “modestly cut” their oil output toward the end of the year in an effort to shore up sagging oil prices–an announcement that immediately sent global oil prices...more

HUD Settles with FHA Lender Over Alleged Underwriting Violations

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that on April 7, 2016 it had entered into a settlement with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lender over allegations that...more

UK’s FCA Weighs in on Insurers’ Use of Big Data

On September 21, the United Kingdom's financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), released a "Feedback Statement" after completing a review of insurance industry responses to its November 2015 "Call for...more

2017 OCC Bank Supervision Plan, House Committee Passes Dodd-Frank Reform

OCC Releases 2017 Bank Supervision Plan - The OCC’s Committee on Bank Supervision (CBS) yesterday published its Fiscal Year 2017 Bank Supervision Operating Plan and announced the following five oversight objectives...more

SDNY Court Appoints Lead Master to Review 9,300 UBS Loans for Material Breach Following UBS Putback Trial

On September 6, 2016, following a 3-week long bench trial in May, U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York held that he will appoint a Lead Master to determine whether there are “material...more

HUD/DOJ Settle with FHA Mortgage Lender for $52.4 Million Over Alleged False Claims Act Violations

On September 13, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a settlement agreement with a bank for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by improperly underwriting and originating of FHA-insured mortgage...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Against 71 Municipal Issuers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers of bonds in connection with the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. The...more

Title Endorsement Basics

Title insurance is issued using standardized forms of policies and endorsements. The most commonly used forms for commercial properties are those promulgated by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), a nationwide title...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Under its Muni Bond Disclosure Initiative

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it brought enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons as part of the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

Significant Drop-Off in California Hotel Investments: Why, and What Lies Ahead?

There has been a significant drop off in hotel investments and acquisitions in 2016 as compared to 2015 levels. 2015 was an exceptionally strong year in terms of hotel investment volume, as California experienced a record...more

New York Appellate Court Allows Fraud Claim to Proceed Against Morgan Stanley

On August 11, 2016, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York affirmed a trial court ruling that investor-plaintiff IKB International to proceed with claims that RMBS sponsor...more

Alert: Insurance Act: Underwriter's Checklist

The Insurance Act 2015 will come into force on 12 August 2016. It will apply to all English law contracts of insurance and reinsurance (or variations to current contracts) underwritten on or after that date. Contracts of...more

"California Treasurer Announces New Pay-to-Play Policy for Municipal Bond Underwriters"

California State Treasurer John Chiang has adopted a new pay-to-play policy for firms participating in the state’s underwriter pool. By August 31, 2016, firms will need to certify that they will abide by the policy, or risk...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

Representations & Warranties Insurance: Understanding the Underwriting Process, Timeline, and Key Coverage Terms

The use of representations and warranties insurance is becoming increasingly commonplace in M&A transactions, particularly in competitive auction processes where use of the product has become almost ubiquitous. While much has...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

When Do Inconsistent Contract Interpretations Preclude Reformation?

In Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. DynCorp, No. 5421-JJ (Del. Ch. Mar. 24, 2016), Underwriters at Lloyd's sought reformation of certain aviation liability insurance policies issued to DynCorp. In a prior related action...more

CFPB’s Proposed Payday Rules Eerily Reminiscent of Mortgage Reform

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a long-awaited rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans – collectively. The proposed rule is open for comment through September...more

Mammoth CFPB Payday Rule Would Dramatically Change the Lending Marketplace

Originally published in "InsideArm" - June, 2016. In a 1300+ page proposal, exclusive of attachments, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) laid out its plan June 2 to force a sweeping redesign of the...more

Insurer’s Attempt to Shift Cost of Defense to Another Insurer Found Void as to Public Policy

While construction can sometimes be risky, construction litigation is almost always expensive. This volatile mix of risk and expense has made risk shifting, through indemnity and insurance, a primary goal and concern by those...more

CFPB Releases Expansive Payday Lending Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its much anticipated proposed rule aimed at ending what it calls “payday lending debt cycles.” The 1,334-page rule will require small-dollar lenders to undertake...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 6

Structured Notes Offered on an Agency Basis - In our last issue, we discussed the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on sales of structured products. In that article, we discussed some of the...more

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