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Cannabis Industry FAQ - December 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In July of 2017 Pepper Hamilton formalized our cannabis industry group by drawing together attorneys from a variety of practice areas to make a multidisciplinary team. Those practices included attorneys with experience in...more

Texas' Proposition 2 Expands Home Equity Loan Market for Lenders and Consumers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On November 7, Texans approved Proposition 2 by a more than 2-1 majority. The measure amends section 50(a) of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution, making changes to the home equity loan (HEL) market in the state. Notably,...more

Who gets the money when crops are sold? The answer is not as straight forward as you may think

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With three straight years of depressed economic conditions in the agricultural marketplace, many farmers are really feeling the strain. When farmers feel the strain for long periods of time, eventually their bank, their...more

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a rare bipartisan moment, Congress overwhelmingly passed and the President signed into law on October 25 the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for family farmers to...more

In the Field: The Super Power of Agricultural Liens

Agricultural liens are a very powerful but often overlooked tool available to those that aid in the growing or harvesting of crops or raising animals or those who sell their agricultural products. These liens attach not only...more

How commodities haulers can keep on truckin’ through the agricultural downturn

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With three straight years of depressed economic conditions in the agricultural marketplace, many farmers are really feeling the strain. When farmers feel the strain for long periods of time, eventually their service providers...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

Hurricane Harvey & FEMA Assistance Program

by Jackson Walker on

Our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused. For our clients, colleagues, and any others who may have been affected, we have put together some information about...more

Banking Agencies Address Disaster Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several federal agencies have issued reminders and requirements related to banking and credit services for borrowers affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We previously reported on mortgage-related guidance issued by Fannie Mae,...more

Reaping Wild Oats – Creative Strategies Employing the Concepts of Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for Handling Distressed...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Handling distressed agricultural loans can be very tricky. Loan balances for agricultural loans are typically smaller than nonagricultural commercial real property secured loans, requiring that they be handled extremely cost...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

China Updates New Industry Catalogue - PRC reduces regulatory procedures for foreign investments following its 2016 reforms

On June 28, 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (China) promulgated the 7th updated version of the Catalogue of Industries for...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With complaint piling up, Fannie Mae has decided to stop selling REO properties to Vision Property, the rent-to-own home business that’s been the subject of predatory-lending investigations of late....more

European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Urges Amending CFIUS Reviews

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, May 18, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin waded further publicly into efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the authorizing statute underlying the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), a U.S....more

Succession Planning—Bet the Farm on It

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Despite recent trends toward consolidation in the agricultural industry, farming generally remains a family affair. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 97 percent of all farms in the United States are...more

Ontario Introduces 15% Tax on Foreign Real Estate Buyers

by Dickinson Wright on

The Ontario government announced a new proposal to impose a 15 percent tax on purchases of residential real estate by foreign buyers as part of its Fair Housing Plan. Similar to the foreign buyer tax enacted last year by the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Prepaid card company NetSpend has reached a $53 million settlement with the FTC to resolve claims that the company “deceived customers about when and whether they could access money they deposited on its reloadable debit...more

CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

by Hogan Lovells on

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction...more

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as...more

Fifth Circuit Rules for PACA Claimants, and Weakens PACA, All in One Curious Ruling

by Bryan Cave on

Most restructuring practitioners are aware, either vaguely or through punishing experience, of the power of PACA creditors. PACA (or the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 7 U.S.C. § 499a et seq. for those who hate...more

Managing a Dairy in Crisis: A Lender’s Guide

by Varnum LLP on

Managing a failing dairy is always a challenge for agricultural lenders. The complexity of large dairies, the nature of the collateral (live animals and perishable feeds), and the tight margins that exist when milk prices...more

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