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Partnering-Up: Structuring a Successful Bank Partnership Lending Model with FinTechs
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

Over the last several years, banks of all sizes have successfully partnered with emerging fintech companies to offer innovative loan products to a broader range of customers. Under a typical form of this partnership, a fintech, which is subject to the policies of the partner bank, will market loan products, take and process loan applications, and will service those loans once they are funded...

DOJ Stats Show Dip in Fraud Recoveries in ’20, but Signs Point to Impending Rise in False Claims Act Litigation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has just released its annual statistical overview[1] of False Claims Act (FCA) and other fraud actions for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020)[2], and the numbers tell a mixed story. The total of just over $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments represents a decline of more than one-quarter in recoveries from FY2019,[3] likely reflecting workforce, logistical, and judicial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

UK Mid-Market Finance: Our Predictions for 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article looks at trends, including the response to COVID-19, which we expect to impact the mid-market in 2021. Last year we gave COVID-19 a quick mention in our ‘look at the year ahead’. Nobody foresaw the impact it would have. As the market enters a new year, there remains the uncertainty that we’ve grown familiar with...

Subsidy Control to Replace State Aid
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement has effectively brought an end to state aid and a new regime of subsidy control has come into effect...

2021 Predictions: Restructuring and Insolvency
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

There were big changes in 2020 in the world of restructuring and insolvency legislation with the introduction of two new restructuring tools: the Moratorium and the Restructuring Plan, as well as the reintroduction of Crown preference. However, due to the government-imposed moratorium while the pandemic runs its course, we have seen hardly any real effects of those reforms...

Brexit and MedTech, Part 1: Research and Development
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This is the first in our series of articles in which we will look at how Brexit and the EU-UK trade deal impacts research and development. In July 2020, the Government published its Research and Development Roadmap, which sets out the UK’s ambitious long-term objectives for investment in science and research to deliver economic growth and societal benefits across the UK...

Recent Case Law and the Newly Enacted Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code May Enable Your Commercial Client to Get Much Needed Rent Relief
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global shock to businesses everywhere. Uncertainty about its path, duration and magnitude has wreaked havoc on many of our commercial clients. The associated government-mandated shutdown orders have drastically impacted businesses’ ability to make timely rental payments. The Bankruptcy Code does not generally allow debtors to unilaterally abate or modify the terms of their property leases...

The Basics: Funding Options for Divorce
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Funding legal fees can be a worry and add to the pressure at an already stressful time. Accessing funds for legal fees may be difficult if assets are tied up, or income streams are for whatever reason inaccessible. We know that this can often lead to people going it alone and losing out on much needed expert advice; a decision that can have long lasting and costly implications. We recommend you consider the following options before deciding to go it alone...

2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

Debt Validation Notices, Collection of Time-Barred Debts, and Credit Reporting Restrictions – CFPB Debt Collection Rule Working Session 6
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

As promised, the CFPB released the second part of its FDCPA rulemaking covering debt validation notices, collection of time-barred debts, and certain credit reporting restrictions. As with the first rulemaking, these changes could require significant changes to a company’s policies and procedures as well as significant technology upgrades...

A Proxy Season and Annual Report Guide to 2021
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

This is a summary of the Annual Report. Click here to access the full guide. The 2020 proxy season shareholder proposals were already submitted before the COVID-19 shadow loomed large over the season; however, such shadow likely impacted how shareholders voted on the proposals themselves, impacted business throughout 2020, and continues to jolt 2021 and the forthcoming 2021 proxy season...

Year in Review: Financial Regulation
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

General Since the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) was introduced in 2010, several legislative acts have been adopted in the EU without being incorporated into the EEA-agreement.  This is mainly due to Norwegian constitutional issues. These constitutional issues were resolved in 2018, and as result, a huge backlog of EU legislative acts needs to be incorporated into the EEA-agreement and transposed into Norwegian law...

Top 10 Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy Proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 9, Congressional Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), proposed sweeping legislation that would overhaul consumer bankruptcy law. The proposed changes, if adopted, generally would make it easier for consumers to access the bankruptcy system and discharge their debts. Below is a discussion of ten critical changes proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020 (CBRA). 1...

New York Enacts a Moratorium on COVID-19-Related Residential Evictions and Foreclosures
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On December 28, 2020, New York passed a new law entitled the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” The act places a moratorium on COVID-19-related residential real property mortgage foreclosure actions and residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021, where a tenant or homeowner has submitted a “hardship declaration” to the foreclosing party, landlord, and/or the court...

When Do CARES Act Forbearance Rights and Foreclosure Moratoriums End?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that help borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans. Among these are forbearance protections for borrowers with single-family loans and multifamily loans. However, only one of the forbearance provisions has a clearly defined period when the rights are available...

How to Provide Employees $26,250 in Nontaxable Student Loan Repayment Assistance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, recently passed as part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” has significantly extended the tax exclusions for employer-paid student loan repayment assistance introduced under the CARES Act. With this extension, employers can provide employees with student loan repayment assistance of up to $5,250 per year for 2021 through 2025 (up to $26,250 total)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New Treasury PPP Rules Clarify Recent Changes to PPP Program, Extend Time to Obtain a PPP Loan to March 31, 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

  On January 6, 2021, Treasury issued two new Interim Final Rules (IFRs) addressing the new Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act’s (Act) creation of PPP Second Draw Loans, and the Act’s various changes to PPP requirements generally. The major PPP components of the Act are set forth in detail in Buchalter’s COVID Alert of December 28, 2020 (Buchalter PPP Changes Alert), which can be found here...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Congress Incentivizes Rent Deferral During COVID-19 Pandemic Through Bankruptcy Code Amendments in Stimulus Bill
Buchalter, January 2021

In the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), Congress provided much-needed cover for landlords that enter into forbearance agreements with their tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting landlords from exposure to preference litigation arising out of the deferred rent payments if the tenant were to later file bankruptcy...

Coronavirus: New Measures to Support Tenants
PLMJ, January 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of a set of exceptional and temporary measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to the introduction of various forms of support intended to mitigate the economic impact of this situation...

The Regulatory Sprint is Over - What’s at the Finish Line Under the New Stark and AKS Final Rules?
Verrill, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed its “Regulatory Sprint” by finalizing changes to regulations pertaining to two federal fraud and abuse laws. On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule revising regulations to the Stark Law. The Stark Final Rule adds, modifies and clarifies key definitions and exceptions...

The Proposed Regulatory Framework for Digital Banks in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Goh Hui Wen examines the proposed regulatory framework for digital banks in Malaysia. INTRODUCTION The global financial services industry has seen a momentous evolution over the past decades driven by new technology innovations. As customers gravitate towards digital experiences and products, the transformation of the traditional banking system has become inevitable...

International Sanctions: A Dedicated Regime for Financial Sanction in Luxembourg
Arendt & Medernach, January 2021

December 23, 2020 the Luxembourg legislator has published the law of 19 December 2020 implementing financial restrictive measures (“law of 19 December 2020”). This law has repealed the law of 27 October 2010 enhancing the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing legal framework...

FCA Publishes 2020 Fines Data & Calls for More Resources
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The FCA has published details of the financial penalties imposed during 2020 showing a significant fall on previous years in the number of penalties imposed and aggregate value. It also calls for greater resources to help tackle frauds and scams. In 2020 the FCA imposed 11 fines totalling £192,570,018. Despite the number of fines reducing significantly there was still a range in the issues which resulted in penalties being imposed...

A NEW YEAR’S TALE OF CAUTION – OFAC Settlement Highlights Risks for Those Dealing in Digital Currencies
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2021

What Happened: OFAC settled with BitGo, Inc. for $98,830, resolving 183 apparent violations of multiple US sanctions programs for processing digital currency transactions on behalf of individuals located in sanctioned jurisdictions...

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK Post Brexit – What Happened to "A Level Playing Field"?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

At Christmas, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) consisting of 1256 pages was finally agreed between the EU and the UK.  Crucially, the Agreement is between the EU and UK only and not the EU and its member states and the UK. The TCA establishes a free trade area for goods and services, in accordance with the WTO law. Both sides can apply trade remedies as is usual for free trade agreements such as on condition anti-dumping duties, anti-subsidy duties, and economic safeguards...

 

 

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