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EU expands sanctions against North Korea, as well as Russia and Libya

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a wide range of new sanctions measures against North Korea including a broad investment ban applicable across all sectors. In addition, the EU has designated certain Russian persons involved in a transfer...more

Trump To Nominate Competition-Focused Simons for FTC Chair, CP-Focused Chopra for Commissioner; Reports of Philips for Additional...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

After months of speculation among the consumer protection and antitrust bars, Trump announced today his intention to nominate former Director of the Bureau of Competition and current Paul Weiss partner Joseph Simons as...more

Noreika-Cordray Dispute Escalates as Senate Nears Vote on CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since last summer, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika and CFPB Director Richard Cordray have exchanged polar-opposite views on whether the CFPB’s final arbitration rule should be repealed....more

More details on finance industry’s CFPB arbitration rule lawsuit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As promised previously, here are further details on the lawsuit filed by industry groups against the CFPB to overturn the final arbitration rule.  The complaint largely mirrors our heavy criticism of the rule. ...more

Earlier deadline for Senate to pass CRA resolution to override CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent blog post, we estimated that, as a practical matter, November 16 was the last day on which the Senate could pass a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to override the CFPB arbitration...more

CA State Campaign Ads To Require Greater Disclosure of Funding; Cities & Counties Could Go Deeper

by Nossaman LLP on

The California DISCLOSE Act (Assembly Bill 249), was signed into law on October 7, 2017. It overhauls portions of California’s Political Reform Act (“PRA”) that require disclosure of certain campaign finance activity and...more

Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Nevada Securities Act Amendments – What’s Next?

by Carlton Fields on

Over the summer, much was written about amendments to the Nevada Securities Act provisions governing financial planners, which became effective July 1, after being signed by the Governor on June 2....more

House Financial Services Committee Schedules Oct. 11 Mark-Up of "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee was scheduled to mark up Wednesday, October 11, was a bill to provide a "Madden fix" as well as several others relevant to consumer financial services...more

New California Law Imposes Additional Disclosure Requirements for Local Government Bonds

Local government issuers of bonds and any conduit borrowers of the proceeds of such bonds need to be aware of California Senate Bill 450 (Hertzberg), signed into law by the Governor on October 9, 2017....more

Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Williams Mullen on

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, through a web of dense rules and definitions, would have narrowed longstanding...more

Move America Act of 2017 Introduced in House

by Butler Snow LLP on

A bipartisan group of four members of Congress have introduced legislation that could bring billions of dollars of new investment to state and local government to help grow and repair America’s aging infrastructure....more

Amendments to the Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan

by DLA Piper on

The Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan (Act No. 77 of 1994, as amended, the Act) regulates fund investments in real estate using partnerships and other vehicles. If a person or entity (i) receives investments...more

Will the Future Bring a Surge of Class Actions against Banks and Credit Card Companies?

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally issued its long-anticipated final rule banning class waivers in future arbitration agreements for banks, lenders, debt counselors, credit card issuers,...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - October 2017

by King & Spalding on

NAFTA Renegotiation Status Update: Third Round Of Talks Conclude In Ottawa, Fourth Round Begins In Washington On October 11 The third round of talks on “renegotiation and modernization” of the North American Free Trade...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...more

Democratic House members introduce bill to revoke bank charters and deposit insurance for consumer protection law violations,...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of Democratic House members led by Rep. Maxine Waters has introduced H.R. 3937, the “Megabank Accountability and Consequences Act of 2017,” that would require federal bank regulators to consider the revocation of a...more

Political Crisis in Spain

Following the 1 October referendum on the independence of Catalonia and the national police’s actions to prevent the referendum—which many viewed as both disproportionate and ineffective—the president of the Generalitat of...more

CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

After months of speculation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final small-dollar loan rule on October 5. If the final rule takes effect, lenders will be required, among other things, to determine...more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Implementing CAATSA - OFAC Issues Amended Russian-Related Sectoral Sanctions Under Directives 1 and 2

On September 29, 2017, OFAC modified Directives 1 and 2 of Executive Order 13662 to reduce the permissible maturity for new debt issued by Russian financial and energy entities designated under these directives, as well as...more

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