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Preparing your company for sale: the role of investment banks
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2012

After determining to sell a business, a potential seller must decide whether to hire an investment bank to facilitate the sale process or to rely on the company’s owners, management, and legal advisers to manage the transaction


Going above and beyond the SCRA
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2012

As we discussed in the last issue, the multistate settlement agreement, filed on March 12, 2010, has imposed settlement terms and agreements that operate much more like newly promulgated regulations than settlement terms


HUD face-to-face meeting rule gets expansive reading from Virginia high court
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • May 10 2012

In a decision affecting all lenders in Virginia that issue FHA-insured home loans, the Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted an expansive reading of HUD’s requirement of face-to-face meetings prior to foreclosure


Only promissory note holders can initiate foreclosures in Washington state
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • August 23 2012

The Supreme Court of Washington has determined that, under the Washington deed of trust act, only the actual holder of a promissory note can be the beneficiary with the power to appoint a trustee to proceed with a nonjudicial foreclosure on real property


Dodd-Frank Act 'designated transfer date' announced; Elizabeth Warren named to White House, Treasury positions
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2010

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has set July 21, 2011, as the "designated transfer date" or "DTD" the effective date for many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including new restrictions on federal preemption of state laws affecting national banks and federal thrift institutions


Information security preparedness checklist
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2013

Financial services companies are under constant attack by cyber criminals to hack, skim, socially engineer, or even Dumpster dive consumer data out of an


Maryland removes certain licensing exemptions
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2012

Recent Maryland legislation has removed the exemption for affiliates and subsidiaries of federally chartered institutions from Mortgage Lender License requirements


ABA and Consumer Financial Services Committee file comments on CFPB proposals
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • April 18 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) and the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the ABA’s Section of Business Law have submitted comment letters on two CFPB proposals


Tennessee appeals court reverses debt buyer’s win for insufficient evidence
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • May 14 2012

A recent decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals illustrates the documentation-related challenges faced by creditors and debt buyers in credit card collection actions


Michigan amends the Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • June 7 2012

Effective May 30, 2012, Michigan has amended its Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act to, among others things, exclude loan modification personnel from the definition of mortgage loan originator