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|Supreme Court of GA Affirms Denial of Bond Issue for Lake Oconee Academy|
Ryan L. Pratt, Blake C. Sharpton; Butler Snow LLP;
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld a Greene County Superior Court ruling denying the validation of revenue bonds to build additional facilities for Lake Oconee Academy (the “Academy”) in Greene County (the “County”). The Greene County Development...
|The CFPB Sues Debt Collectors, Their Payment Processors and Their Calling Center|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015On March 26, 2015, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against several debt collectors and their principals, companies that processed the payments for the debt collectors and a company that made pre-recorded telephone calls to consumers...
|FINRA and U4 Reporting: Do You Have A Target On Your Back?|
Emily P. Gordy, Renee Kramer; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 2, 2015FINRA member firms will soon face obligations set forth in FINRA Rule 3110(e), which takes effect on July 1, 2015 and requires that firms verify the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in an applicant's Form U4. The amended rule also requires that firms adopt written procedures...
|New Reporting Requirements for Russian Resident Individuals’ Foreign Accounts Make 2015 A Critical Year|
John Stansfield, Andrei Strijak, Timothy Stubbs; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015In 2014 Russian lawmakers amended RF Law No. 173-FZ (the 'CCL') by adoption of RF Law No. 218-FZ ('Law 218-FZ'). Amongst other changes, Law 218-FZ removed the exemption from reporting for Russian resident individuals (‘RRIs’) regarding their foreign bank accounts, including deposits...
|NASAA M&A Broker Model Rule|
Eric A. Arnold, Clifford E. Kirsch, Michael B. Koffler, Susan S. Krawczyk, Yasho Lahiri; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 10, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015On January 15, 2015, the Broker-Dealer Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) requested comments on a proposed uniform state model rule (the Model Rule) regarding the exemption of certain merger and acquisition brokers (M&A Brokers) from state registration...
|SBA Partners with NCUA and Credit Unions to Expand Access to Loans|
Scott A. Chernich, Steven L. Owen; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015Credit union members will soon have greater access to capital to start or expand a small business thanks to a joint initiative of the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") and the National Credit Union Administration ("NCUA").
|UK Finance Act 2015 -- Royal Assent Received|
Duane Morris LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015Following the draft clauses of December 2014, a final version of the UK Finance Bill 2015 was published on 24 March 2015. Since there is a general election in the UK this May, the Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March to become the Finance Act 2015. A further finance bill is likely after the...
|USDA Awards $31 MM in Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 1, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of $31 million in loans and grants for 38 projects in 12 states to promote rural economic development. These revolving zero-interest loans provide funds to local...
|U.S. Economic Sanctions: United States Eases Elements of Cuban Embargo; New Regulations Issued by U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments Implement Cuban Policy Changes Announced in December|
H. Rodgin Cohen, Elizabeth T. Davy, Mitchell S. Eitel, Jared M. Fishman, William I. Friedman; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015Effective January 16, 2015, the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued regulations revising the Cuban Assets Control...
|US Congress Passes 1-year Retroactive "Extenders" Package|
Kathryn L. Anderson, John L. Harrington, Marc D. Teitelbaum; Dentons Canada LLP;
March 27, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014It's been called "a terrible way to make tax policy" and "not that great a deal for families, individuals, and businesses"--and that's just by its supporters. Still, even though far from ideal, the "Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014" is an early Christmas present for...