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Brexit Negotiations: As the First Phase Draws to a Close, the Next Phase Awaits

The UK and the EU have published a joint report at the conclusion of the first phase of the UK’s Article 50 withdrawal negotiations. Agreement has been reached in principle on three key issues: the rights of EU citizens in...more

The Future of CFIUS: Perhaps Not So Happy a New Year

‘Tis the season to wonder, what will 2018 bring? We may speculate on things like a private company making a moon landing or a peace accord with North Korea. We may be certain of things like well-intentioned gym memberships...more

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Descriptions of the Bills Passed in the House and Senate and...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Senate bill”), just over two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the same legislation...more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Russian Federation

by White & Case LLP on

2017 amendments to Russian foreign investment laws potentially require approval of any transaction by any foreign investor regarding any Russian company to ensure national defense and state security...more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

The Delta Report: Brexit update

by White & Case LLP on

In the July 2017 edition of the Delta Report, we provided a snapshot update on Brexit and set out some of the key issues that were beginning to emerge as relating to the regulatory framework for the derivatives market once...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 8th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

by Dechert LLP on

As we look back each November to bestow the year’s crop of Golden Turkeys to the silliest and most annoying instances of regulatory overreach, legislative inanity, governmental misfeasance or the mere idiotic behavior of...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

The Impact on Financing Transactions if the House’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Passes

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a tax bill entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“H.R. 1”), and later proposed amendments to the bill on November 3, November 6, and...more

Legislation Proposes Sweeping New Foreign Investment Review Authorities

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of legislators led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., alongside co-sponsors including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced parallel...more

Effects of House Tax Reform Bill on Securitizations and Funds

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released their long-anticipated tax reform bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which is entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes significant changes to the...more

Venezuela Restructuring: A Long Road Ahead?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Venezuela’s initiative is unlikely to set the stage for a restructuring of international obligations in the face of US sanctions. Key Points: - US sanctions will prohibit US persons from engaging in a restructuring of...more

Federal Tax Reform: House Bill Rewrites Municipal Bond Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released last week would eliminate the federal tax exemption for interest earned on all private activity bonds—including 501(c)(3) bonds and exempt facility bonds—and advance refunding bonds...more

Summary of State and Local Government Bond Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the United States House of Representatives introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”). The Bill would make significant changes to tax rules that apply to tax-exempt...more

House Tax Bill Eliminates Private Activity Bonds, Advance Refundings

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The House Ways and Means Committee released on November 2, 2017, its draft tax bill (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”), which contains provisions restricting the ability of state and local governments to issue certain types of...more

The Congressional Review Act: Striking a New Balance between Congressional Control and Regulatory Initiative – The Fate of the...

by Dechert LLP on

After more than two decades in obscurity, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) has now emerged as a major factor in the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the regulatory agencies....more

Breaking Insights: U.S. Senate Disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule

U.S. Senate disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote....more

Senate Republicans Sink Controversial CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule: Lessons Learned for the CFPB

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This post describes the recent move in Congress to rescind the CFPB rule, and what this means for the CFPB and the financial services industry going forward. On October 24th, the Senate voted 51-50 to overturn the Consumer...more

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