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HTMLSEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities
Richard M. Cutshall, Arthur Don; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 15, 2015
On Jan. 13, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations released its annual list of examination priorities for 2015. A copy of the examination priorities letter is available here. The examination priorities are a mixture of OCIE’s examination priorities and risk areas first...

 

HTMLIRS Recognition of Taxpayer Rights Encourages Respect and Due Process
Jeremiah Coder, Barbara T. Kaplan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
In 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took a major step forward in formalizing its commitment to taxpayer rights by administratively adopting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a list of 10 rights based on specific principles that are modeled on the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The...

 

HTMLPayment to Unregistered Persons - The Next Round
Richard M. Cutshall; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015
The role of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in dealing with payments to unlicensed persons for securities-related and capital-raising activities has grown significantly. On Dec. 30, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) approved FINRA Rule 2040 governing...

 

HTMLVat-MAN RETURNS - Impacts on the Maquiladora Industry Began Jan. 1, 2015
Eugenio Grageda Nunez; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 12, 2015
As of Jan. 1, 2015, a 16 percent value added tax (VAT) will once again affect the temporary imports of goods performed by Maquiladoras, unless a certification is obtained from the Mexican Revenue Service or certain other conditions are fulfilled.

 

HTMLOSHA Changes Requirements for Recording and Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - Effective Jan. 1 2015
Michael J. Murphy, Michael G. Murphy P.E.; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015
The OSHA Standard for Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 29 C.F.R. § 1904, requires that certain employers track work-related injuries and illnesses of their employees throughout the year, post the summaries of those injuries at the end of the year, maintain records...

 

HTMLGeorgia Investment Advisor Launches Article II Constitutional Challenge to the SEC’s Use of ALJs - And Seeks Discovery
Matthew S. Johns, Terry R. Weiss; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
Yesterday, Gray Financial Group, Inc. (“Gray”), an Atlanta based investment advisor and Greenberg Traurig client, and two of its officers filed a lawsuit against the SEC in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

 

HTMLRevised Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Thresholds for 2015
Andrew G. Berg, Mary K. Marks; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
On Jan. 15, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) reporting thresholds under which transactions will be reportable only if, as a result of such transaction, the acquiring person will hold voting securities, assets, or non-corporate interests valued...

 

HTMLObama Administration Announces New Steps to Spur Private Investment in Infrastructure Projects
Diane J. Blagman, Robert S. Brams, Bruce H. Giles-Klein, Alais L. M. Griffin, Yosbel A. Ibarra; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015
Last July, President Obama introduced the “Build America Investment Initiative,” an initiative designed to facilitate the use of innovative financing and private capital to help state and local governments deliver needed infrastructure projects. On Jan. 16, 2015, the Obama...

 

HTMLCFPB Issues Report on Reverse Mortgages
Peter L. Cockbell, Brett M. Kitt, Gil Rudolph, J. Scott Sheedan; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015
CFPB Issues Report on Reverse Mortgages On Feb. 9, the CFPB issued a report on consumer complaints regarding reverse mortgages. A reverse mortgage, which is only available to people above a certain age, is a particular type of home mortgage loan that permits older homeowners to access the equity...

 

HTMLComing Soon: New Background Check Obligations for Securities Broker-Dealers
Richard M. Cutshall, Steven M. Felsenstein, Carl A. Fornaris; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015
Earlier in 2014, the SEC incorporated old NASD Rule 3010 (the “Prior Rule”) - related to employee supervision - into The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules as FINRA Rule 3110 (the “New Rule”).

 


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