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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

English Appeals Court’s Denial of Her Preliminary Injunction Motion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, Leandra English filed a notice of appeal with the D.C. District Court. She is appealing the Court’s denial of her preliminary injunction motion through which she sought to block Mick Mulvaney from serving as the...more

The Dodd-Frank Reform Endgame

by K&L Gates LLP on

Early 2018 will likely see the most significant progress on reforming the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) since its passage in 2010 thanks to four key efforts: the Financial CHOICE Act and activity in the House Financial Services...more

Proposed Changes to HVCRE in 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

International banking regulators responded to the 2008 financial crisis by increasing capitalization requirements with the Basel III Capital Accords. Increased capitalization requirements affect any loan secured by High...more

Court Denies English’s Preliminary Injunction Motion; Mulvaney Continues to Exercise Acting CFPB Director Authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly denied Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a 46-page opinion. English had sought to block President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to serve as...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

FinCen Confirms Marijuana Banking Guidance Remains In Place Despite DOJ Policy Reversal

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Reuters is reporting today that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was caught off guard by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last week that the Justice Department was reversing...more

Will Congress Upend Credit Reporting Agencies’ Cybersecurity Regulation in Light of Recent Data Breach?

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act on January 10, 2018 in an effort to increase accountability of large Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) for...more

Senator Warren claims CFPB data collection freeze unjustified

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a letter to Leandra English and Mick Mulvaney, Senator Elizabeth Warren calls the freeze imposed by Mr. Mulvaney on the CFPB’s collection of personally identifiable information (PII) “unjustified.” (Not surprisingly,...more

Federal Judge, for Second Time, Rules in Favor of Trump Appointee to Lead the CFPB

On January 10, United States District Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump administration appointee, refused for the second time to block the Trump administration’s appointment of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick...more

CFPB and State Consumer Financial Protection Year in Review

In 2017 we saw the first significant resistance to and change in what had been uniformly aggressive action by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to enforce consumer financial protection laws, with resistance and...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) into law. While the Act is extensive, this Advisory discusses only the changes made to employee benefits such as qualified retirement plans,...more

Uniform Act to Regulate Virtual Currency Businesses Ready for State Adoption

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new proposed law to create a statutory framework for regulating persons engaging in virtual-currency business activity, the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (URVCBA), has been approved by the Uniform...more

Equifax Must Turn Over NY Breach Data This Week

New York State regulators won’t be letting Equifax, Inc. off-the-hook any time soon for last year’s massive data breach that affected more than 145 million Americans....more

Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that Impact Individual Taxpayers for Non-Business Items

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes substantial changes to the income taxes of individuals. The Act's individual changes noted in the attached chart generally expire on January 1, 2026, and the speculation will...more

Former House Financial Services Committee staffer to serve as CFPB chief of staff

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a press release issued by the House Financial Services Committee, Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling announced that Kirsten Mork, the Committee’s Staff Director, has been named CFPB Chief of Staff. Mr. Hensarling was a...more

The Tax Reform Roller Coaster Ends – Summary of Provisions Affecting Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Final Bill”) into law, bringing an end to the nearly two-month rollercoaster ride that had the public finance industry white-knuckled and a little...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 Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), the most comprehensive tax reform passed in decades. The majority of the changes in the TCJA affect individual and corporate income...more

Credit Union Files Reply Brief in SDNY Case Challenging Mulvaney’s Appointment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 29, 2017, the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) filed a reply brief in support of its preliminary injunction motion in which it seeks to block the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the Acting CFPB...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

In 2018 We Are: (a) Doomed, or (b) in the Warm Embrace of Goldilocks

by Dechert LLP on

Around this time of year, we slip on the prognostication goggles and take a look forward into the next year. While there is ample evidence that prognostication is a dodgy exercise, I always tell my folks that the fact that...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

Tax Reform: The Five Big Changes Affecting Employee Benefits

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed H.R. 1 (formerly, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”)) into law. While the Act was primarily focused on business tax cuts and individual tax reform, the Act includes several...more

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