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|CFPB Finalizes Notable Revisions to Regulations X and Z|
Lacey D. Hofmeyer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 15, 2016On August 4, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) announced that it had finalized revisions to its regulations concerning the servicing of residential mortgage loans. The goal of the changes is to provide greater protections to mortgage...
|Venture Global LNG Closes Additional $15 Million Funding Deal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 23, 2016Venture Global LNG, Inc., announced that it has closed a fifth round of equity investment, raising additional capital of $15 million and bringing the total capital raised to date to over $280 million. The proceeds will fund Venture Global LNG’s proposed 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA)...
|The Billion Dollar Industry in Need of a Bank|
Monica Kim; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
August 23, 2016, previously published on Summer 2016As of March, 2016, cannabis is legally sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia, either for recreational or medical use. Illinois became one of these states in 2013, when the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, 410 ILCS 130/1 et seq, (CUA) was signed into law. The CUA...
|The CFPB Outlines Its Proposals for the First-Ever Rules that would Implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act|
Brett M. Kitt; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 23, 2016, previously published on August 12, 2016On July 28, 2016, after an extended gestation period, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at long-last published its outline of proposals (the Outline) for the first ever federal regulations that would implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of 1977, 15 U.S.C. §§...
|Federal Court of Appeal: Government Failed to Adequately Consult with First Nations on Northern Gateway|
David W. Bursey, Radha D. Curpen, Francco De Luca, Brad Gilmour, Jessica E. Mathewson; Bennett Jones LLP;
August 17, 2016, previously published on July 24, 2016On June 23, 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal delivered the Northern Gateway Project another procedural setback in its decision on Gitxaala Nation v Canada (2016 FCA 187). In a 2-to-1 split decision, the court overturned the federal Cabinet's June 2014 approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway...
|Agencies Adopt Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements|
Mark Heimendinger; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
August 16, 2016, previously published on August 3, 2016The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (“OCC”), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), Farm Credit Administration (“FCS”), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency...
|Louisiana PILOTs: A Flexible Alternative to the State’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)|
James Lawrence Moffett, Tracy Averett Morganti, David M. Wolf; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on July 20, 2016As a result of Louisiana’s continuing budget woes, Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration has conducted a review of the economic impact and effectiveness of the state’s generous economic development incentives.
|U.S. Treasury Releases Long-Awaited Final Arbitrage Regulations|
Linda L. D'Onofrio, Vanessa Albert Lowry; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) promulgated long-awaited final regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), relating to arbitrage restrictions that finalize numerous provisions of prior proposed...
|Y2K or Reverse Big Bang?|
Chris Ahern, Giles P. Elliott, Neil Ferguson, John Phillips, David A. Roberts; Jones Day;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 2016As the Millennium approached, concerns about computer systems malfunctions, and the possible impact of what became known as Y2K, grew to the point that nearly all large organisations had Y2K task forces and contingency plans. The history is well known. 1 January 2000 came and went, and the Y2K...
|Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Releases FAQs on Diligence Procedures for Beneficial Owners of Accounts|
William M. (Will) Atherton, Henry Klehm, Lisa M. Ledbetter, Ralph F. (Chip) MacDonald, C. Hunter Wiggins; Jones Day;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 2016On July 19, 2016, the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN"), issued its Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions ("FAQs"). The FAQs provide useful guidance for financial institutions'...