Client Alerts & Publications
- ArticleMay 2021
On April 13, the Department of Labor released guidance on the prohibited transaction exemption pertaining to fiduciary investment advice for retirement investors, employee benefit plans and investment advice providers.
- Client AlertApril 26, 2021
A recent federal district court decision out of Massachusetts found that a bank was the true lender on a loan subsequently transferred to a trust consisting of student loans. Robinson and Spears v. Nat’l. Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-2, 2021 WL 1293707, Case No. 20-cv-10203 ADB (D. Mass. April 7, 2021).
- Chapman InsightsApril 22, 2021
At today’s Earth Day Climate Summit, President Joe Biden announced to world leaders that the United States is committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030.
- Chapman InsightsApril 20, 2021
Last week the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, the Loan Market Association, and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association jointly published their first ever Social Loan Principles.
- Client AlertU.S. Department of Labor Announces Cybersecurity Guidance for Plan Sponsors, Fiduciaries and ParticipantsApril 16, 2021
On April 14, the U.S. Department of Labor announced guidance for plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record keepers, and plan participants on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity, including tips on how to protect the retirement benefits of participants.
- Client AlertApril 14, 2021
In the past few days, two courts have actions that are of significance to marketplace lenders and their funding sources.
- Client AlertApril 14, 2021
On April 9, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Examinations issued a Risk Alert highlighting observations made by the Division from recent examinations of investment advisers, registered investment companies, and private funds offering products and services that incorporate environmental, social, and governance factors.
- Client AlertApril 7, 2020 (Updated April 5, 2021)
On February 19, 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act came into effect and Debtors with aggregate liabilities that do not exceed $2,566,050 were provided an opportunity to resolve their outstanding liabilities. But even before the SBRA could see its first successes (or failures), the Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and Economic Security Act of 2020 increased a small business’s debt threshold.
- ArticleApril 2021
The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has expressed reservations about a Second Circuit decision regarding when transfers to financial institutions’ customers that are settlement payments or made in connection with securities contracts are entitled to protection from avoidance actions under the bankruptcy safe harbors.
- Chapman InsightsMarch 25, 2021
The Securities and Exchange Commission this month announced that the Divisions of Corporation Finance, Examinations, and Enforcement are all undertaking climate or ESG-related initiatives.
- Client AlertDepartment of Labor Announces Non-Enforcement Policy and Intent to Review Environmental, Social and Governance Investment RuleMarch 16, 2021
The Department of Labor announced that it will not enforce its previously issued final rule regarding plan fiduciaries’ use of environmental, social and governance factors in selecting investments for tax‑qualified retirement plans.
- Client AlertMarch 15, 2021
On March 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Commission announced a National Emphasis Program for COVID-19. The NEP is in response to an Executive Order issued by President Biden directing the Secretary of Labor to launch a national program to focus OSHA enforcement efforts related to COVID-19 on industries with the largest numbers of workers at serious risk.
- Client AlertMarch 4, 2021
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Examinations has released its 2021 Examination Priorities.
- Chapman InsightsMarch 2, 2021
Environmental, Social and Governance investing in the United States has reportedly reached an estimated $250 billion in assets under management and is expected to see continued growth in 2021 and beyond.
- Chapman InsightsFebruary 17, 2021
Investor interest in rated-debt feeder funds has grown since we first issued our Action Item concerning such funds in March 2019. We expect this interest to continue as the private credit market expands through the COVID-19 crisis.