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Four Blockchain Technology Bills Proposed by New York Assemblyman

New York Assemblyman Clyde Vanel has introduced proposals in the state legislature for four laws which, if passed, could transform how the State of New York interacts with and views blockchain technology. The first...more

Trump Infrastructure Plan Proposes Expansion of Federal Credit Programs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last week, the White House released to Congress its long-awaited infrastructure plan—a 53-page Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America (the “Outline”)—to accompany its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget....more

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

by Ruder Ware on

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially,...more

Private Company Tax Planning Opportunities for 2018

by Perkins Coie on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the 2017 Tax Act) and the recent taxpayer victory in the U.S. Tax Court’s Lender Management, LLC decision have created important planning opportunities for both our closely held and...more

Closed-loop Payment System Proposed for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

by Benesch on

Two identical bills (“Bills”), H.B. 495 and S.B. 254, were introduced in the past week by Representative Seitz and Senator Terhar that would require medical marijuana entities (cultivator, processors, dispensaries, and...more

The New Deduction for Pass-Through Income (or How Congress Failed at Tax Simplification)

One of the more significant changes in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is new Internal Revenue Code Section 199A, Qualified Business Income. Although touted as providing tax simplification, the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

AML/BSA Focus by U.S. Senate Committee Testimony – From Beneficial Ownership to Cryptocurrency

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held hearings focused in part on Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)....more

The sanctions landscape: what to expect in 2018

by Dechert LLP on

In 2017 there were a number of major sanctions developments in the EU and the US, with implications for businesses both in terms of keeping their compliance processes effective, and in terms of what to do if breaches are...more

Impact of 2017 Tax Act on Real Estate Activities

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The first, global observation to share is that the real estate industry dodged a lot of potential bullets during the tax reform process and came out smelling like roses – indeed, actually came out ahead, overall, under the...more

Trump Administration Releases List of Russian Political Figures and Oligarchs to Congress, Decision on Defense/Intelligence Sector...

by Dechert LLP on

As required under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”), the Trump Administration on Monday released an unclassified version of a report (the “Report”) identifying senior political figures and...more

The Tax Cuts Jobs Act: Should You Change Your Business Entity Structure?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Q&A – A Few Highlights On What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Your Business - President Trump signed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Reform Act”) into law on December 22, 2017, a little less than two months...more

EU gradually expands sanctions on North Korea and Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has added several individuals and entities to its list of persons subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions, as part of sanctions targeting the Russian Federation, Venezuela, and the Democratic People's...more

State of the Financial Restructuring Market

Continuing low interest rates and generally improved economic conditions in the U.S. and worldwide during 2017 have reduced financial distress and the need for business bankruptcies in most sectors. However, out-of-court...more

10 Themes for 2018

Tax reform, shifting international dynamics, Trump administration goals and a potentially strong market for transactions all seem likely to impact business activity in 2018. Below are 10 areas to explore in our 10th annual...more

New Three-Year Hold Requirement for Carried Interests

by Perkins Coie on

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), signed by President Trump last month, significantly affects the ability of the managers of investment funds to receive long-term capital gains with respect to their carried interest....more

Ohio Enacts Provisions Regarding Residential Mortgage Lending Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Ohio recently enacted House Bill 199 to amend the Ohio Mortgage Brokers Act and Ohio Mortgage Loan Act to establish the Ohio Residential Mortgage Lending Act in order to regulate all non-depository lending secured by...more

Potential SEC Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact on Capital Markets Transactions and Public Companies

The U.S. federal government shutdown that began Saturday has the potential to affect capital markets and public companies in far-reaching ways. While the Securities and Exchange Commission currently plans to operate fully...more

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

More On Status Of FinCEN’s Marijuana Banking Guidance

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post regarding the status of FinCEN’s 2014 marijuana banking guidance in light of the Attorney General’s policy reversal on marijuana enforcement at the federal level, we have received written...more

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

Tax Reform Results in Only Minor Changes for Retirement Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes to the tax code and will have a significant impact on businesses and individual taxpayers. However, although initial proposals included potentially significant changes to...more

New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Employee Benefit Plans and Executive Compensation Arrangements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump shortly before Christmas, is the most significant tax reform legislation in more than 30 years. ...more

How Tax Reform Will Affect Employee Benefit Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On December 22, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 1 (the Act), which makes widespread changes to the Internal Revenue Code. The Act makes several changes to the rules governing retirement plans, welfare plans and...more

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