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OFAC issues final rule implementing provisions of Iranian sanctions; president makes initial oil supply determinations needed to begin imposing sanctions

USA - April 5 2012 President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Defense Bill) on December 31, 2011....

Timothy R. McTaggart.

New U.S. sanctions against Iran impose significant restrictions on banks

USA, Iran - February 23 2012 Recent Congressional and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) actions represent a coordinated effort by the legislative and executive branches to isolate Iran by making it more difficult for Iran to engage in transactions with the global financial system....

Timothy R. McTaggart.

Indian tribes victorious in latest challenge to consumer lending through tribally owned businesses

USA - February 17 2012 On February 13, 2012, the Colorado District Court, City and County of Denver, issued its opinion in State of Colorado v. Cash Advance, handing a resounding victory to Indian tribes that engage in consumer lending through tribally owned businesses....

Richard P. Eckman, Timothy B. Anderson.

SEC settles with adviser for over $3.3 million in connection with improper sub-advisory fee arrangement

USA - November 23 2011 On November 16, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding against Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. (MSIM or Adviser), which charged MSIM with violating the securities laws in connection with its role in a closed-end fund’s payment of sub-advisory fees for certain services that were never performed....

Gregory J. Nowak, Ivan B. Knauer, John M. Ford, John P. Falco.

Regulators propose margin and capital requirements for uncleared swaps

USA - April 21 2011 On April 12, 2011, the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Farm Credit Administration and Federal Housing Finance Agency (the Prudential Regulators) proposed rules pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) establishing capital and margin requirements for swaps not cleared through clearing organizations....

Frank A. Mayer, III.