Client Alerts & Publications
- White PaperApril 2019
The 2019 update of Chapman's book, "The Regulation of Marketplace Lending: A Summary of the Principal Issues," addresses the latest true lender developments, the OCC charter for fintech companies, CFPB changes and how they may affect regulatory priorities and enforcement, the roles of banks in marketplace lending, and servicing and collection issues.
- ArticleSpring 2019
Having failed in attempts to accelerate the termination of a CDO, an investor group holding senior notes filed an involuntary petition against an issuer to liquidate the CDO before its stated maturity under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
- Client AlertApril 8, 2019
In a decision that upends the expectations of the municipal bond market, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that the “special revenue” provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code do not compel the payment of debt service on certain municipal bonds during the pendency of a bankruptcy proceeding.
- Client AlertApril 5, 2019
On March 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the former controller of the College of New Rochelle, a New York-based not-for-profit college, with violating, and aiding and abetting violations of, the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws.
- ArticleApril 2019
Pension shortfalls. Crumbling infrastructure. Wage pressures. These are only a few of the budgetary pressures facing state and local governments. It’s no surprise that, with so many demands on limited tax dollars, funds needed to address social problems are being diverted.
- White PaperMarch 2019
Fund sponsors are increasingly considering two similar types of registered closed-end investment companies known as “interval funds” and “tender offer funds” as an attractive alternative to open-end mutual funds, ETFs and traditional closed-end funds.
- Client AlertMarch 29, 2019
On March 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to existing rules and forms that, if adopted, would modify the registration, communication, offering and reporting processes applicable to registered closed-end investment companies and business development companies regulated under the Investment Company Act.
- Client AlertMarch 12, 2019
In a break from other recent circuit court decisions, the Fifth Circuit ruled that amounts due under a make-whole provision contained in a note purchase agreement constituted unmatured interest and were not permitted to be paid to a creditor under the Bankruptcy Code.
- Client AlertMissed Appointment: First Circuit Finds That Puerto Rico Oversight Board Needs Advice and Consent of the SenateMarch 11, 2019
In a case of constitutional importance, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit addressed whether members of the Financial Oversight and Management Board created by PROMESA are “Officers of the United States” subject to the US Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
- ArticleFederal Banking Regulators Propose New Bank Holding Company Category System to Apply to Capital and Liquidity Requirements and to Enhanced Prudential StandardsMarch 2019
This article outlines the features of proposals to adjust the applicability of certain capital and liquidity tests and certain enhanced prudential standards for bank holding companies.
- Client AlertMarch 1, 2019
Effective February 27, 2019, there are two new reportable events for which an issuer must provide notice to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) website.
- Client AlertFebruary 22, 2019
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is the latest court in a developing line of case law to find that the doctrine of equitable mootness applies to prevent an aggrieved creditor from unwinding a substantially consummated Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy plan.
- Client AlertFebruary 22, 2019
The SEC Rule 15c2-12 amendments will be effective on and after February 27, 2019 with the effect described in the Release. In addition, the Release describes the SEC’s position on certain material financial obligations that may have an impact on primary offerings in addition to disclosures of reportable events made in the future under Rule 15c2-12.
- Client AlertSecond Time’s a Charm: First Circuit Finds That Financing Statement Amendments Saved Defective Collateral DescriptionFebruary 12, 2019
The First Circuit recently found that a UCC filing amendment naming the debtor contained an appropriate name and that, when coupled with a corrected collateral description in the amendment, the bondholders’ lien was perfected and therefore unavoidable under the “strong-arm” provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.
- Client AlertFebruary 6, 2019
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. recently issued its 2019 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter. The Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter also directs members to their 2017 and 2018 Reports on Examination Findings. This Client Alert provides brief summaries of some of the more significant issues FINRA’s letter raises.
- Client AlertFebruary 4, 2019
In December 2017, Congress added a provision to the tax code that allows some taxpayers to defer some capital gain and eliminate other gain if the taxpayer invests in an Opportunity Zone and certain conditions are met.
- ArticleFebruary 2019
A recent decision of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware has provided further support within the Third Circuit for so-called “gift” plans (i.e., plans in which a secured creditor class “gifts” a portion of its plan distribution to a junior class).
- Client AlertOne Step Back? Ohio Bankruptcy Court Finds That a Hedging Power Purchaser Is Not a “Forward Contract Merchant” Entitled to the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbor ProtectionsJanuary 28, 2019
In a case of particular significance to parties that enter into forward contracts as means of hedging the future price of commodities used in their business, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio has found that a “forward contract merchant” must be in the business of entering into forward contracts in order to generate a profit, not merely as a hedge.