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Charlotte Triage Pro Bono Partnership
September 2019

Parting the Waters of Uncertainty for Private Flood Insurance
Elena Mitchell, Barbara Meeks, Neil Bloomfield
July 2019, ABA Banking Journal

MVA 2019 Annual Report
June 2019

MVA 2019 Annual Public Service Report

MVA Today an Alumni Newsletter- Spring 2019- Vol.2
June 2019

Welcome to the second edition of our MVA Today Alumni Newsletter. We hope that you enjoyed the inaugural issue and that you will find this version informative. We wanted to start off this update with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

McArthur’s Article Published by Construction Executive
B. Palmer McArthur, Jr.
April 2019, Construction Executive

Charlotte Real Estate Member Palmer McArthur's article "How to Compare Opportunity Zones and Similar Exchanges" was published by Construction Executive on April 6.

How to Combine the Strengths of Team Members
Amy Murphy Curlis
March 2019, Chief Marketer

The article discusses whether communications and marketing team members should be more specialized and how to evaluate what skills are needed. For many in the industry, these are the decades old questions about how to combine the strengths of team members, including agency support, within larger marketing and communications divisions. The questions about specialization exist for smaller groups of teams within one of these domains as well.

Myrick Quoted in Law360 on Kimberley Rice Kaestner’s Family Trust Case
Thomas (Tom) D. Myrick
March 2019, Law360

Charlotte Litigation Member Tom Myrick was quoted in the Law360 article entitled, “Trust Tells Justices Beneficiary’s Residency No Bases For Tax”, which was published March 19. The article continues coverage of North Carolina’s taxation of a trust where the settlor and trustee are in New York and the only connection to the state is that a beneficiary lived there violates the due process clause, the trust told the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Time Is Now to Prepare for Congressional Inquiries from a Democrat-led House
Neil Bloomfield, Esq., Edward O’Keefe, Esq., and Elena Mitchell, Esq.
March 2019, Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability

At the start of a new year, we tend to make promises to ourselves. We often promise to address issues head-on — to be proactive instead of reactive. While most New Year’s resolutions are quickly forgotten, we urge those involved with highly regulated institutions to make and stick to at least one — to prepare for potential investigations by the House of Representatives. To paraphrase a Navy SEAL’s remarks about the piracy of a U.S. ship: We weren’t planning on that outcome, but we were prepared for it. Investigations are coming, and delaying preparation until the institution or its executives need to testify is a mistake. As is true with respect to any major project, when preparing to testify before the House it is helpful to break the process down into its component parts. We suggest thinking about three core elements: pre-hearing groundwork, providing information and documents, and crafting the narrative.

FRB and FDIC Cast a Critical Eye on Resolution Plans
Neil Bloomfield and Kate Wellman
March 2019, Banking Prespectives

While the living-will process continues to evolve, it is likely that many of the central tenets and requirements will remain in place for the foreseeable future. ON DECEMBER 20, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC; together with the FRB, the Agencies) released their determinations regarding the 2018 resolution plans of four foreign banks and announced they had finalized resolution plan guidance applying to the eight U.S. global systemically important banks (G-SIBs).1

The Necessity of Evaluating Vapor Intrusion Risks during Environmental Due Diligence
Elizabeth A. Dieck, Lesley A. Firestone, and Trapper Freeman
February 2019, Association of Corporate Counsel

Vapor intrusion has emerged as an important legal, scientific, and policy issue over the last decade. With this issue’s growing importance, it is prudent for persons acquiring, leasing, or developing property to include an assessment of vapor intrusion risks into their environmental due diligence process and properly address any identified vapor condition. Property owners may face significant repercussions for the failure to identify the presence of and mitigate environmental and health risks associated with vapor intrusion. In addition to the loss of certain liability protections, landowners of contaminated properties will see a decline in property value along with a diminished use of the property. The cost of retaining knowledgeable professionals, such as an environmental lawyer and consultant, to conduct a vapor intrusion analysis during the due diligence period is a slight price to pay when considering the decreased property value and potential liability under state and federal statutes.

The Regulation of the U.S. Financial Industry Under the Trump Administration
Neil Bloomfield
January 2019, Global Banking & Finance Review

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MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog
Neil T. Bloomfield

Regular contributor to Moore & Van Allen's MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog, keeping clients up to date on the constantly evolving regulatory environment and serving as a thought leader as regulations and enforcement policy continue to develop

Home Repair – A Handy Lawyer’s Guide to Fixing a Damaged QPRT
Caitlin N. Horne
January 2019, Probate & Property

Charlotte Estate and Wealth Planning Associate Caitlin Horne co-authored an article that was published in the January/February 2019 Issue of Probate & Property Magazine titled “Home Repair – A Handy Lawyer’s Guide to Fixing a Damaged QPRT.”

Sonic Automotive Announces Plans to Open Newest Office Operations in Gaston County
Walter S. Price
December 2018

December 13, 2018: The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Sonic Automotive, Inc. has cho¬sen to locate its newest office operations in Lowell. Located at 109 Kenworthy Avenue in Lowell, the facility will house marketing and ad¬vanced customer care operations for Sonic Automotive, Inc. Approximately 500 jobs will be created within a five-year period with an invest¬ment of $11.2 million. Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index, is among the largest automotive retailers in the Unit- ed States. Sonic Automotive's Lowell operation will provide support of sales operations of the Sonic Automotive family. Sonic’s dealerships provide comprehensive services, including sales of both new and used vehicles, vehicle service and the ability for customers to sell used vehicles to Sonic and EchoPark Automotive stores.

Preparing for the 2019 H-1B cap season
December 2018

On April 1, 2019, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B professional worker petitions for a start date of October 1, 2019 (FY2020).

2018 North Carolina Midterm Election Report
Walter S. Price
November 2018

The nation’s political divide was reflected in last night’s Congressional elections. Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, but Democrats have gained control of the House of Representatives. In the North Carolina Legislature, Democrats picked up enough seats in the House of Representatives to break the Republican supermajority. Democrats appear to have picked up the six seats needed to do the same in the Senate, but there are a number of races too close to call.

When Someone Shows You Who They Are, Believe Them the First Time:* What a Blue Wave in the House Likely Means for Financial Institutions
Neil T. Bloomfield, Elena F. Mitchell
November 2018, MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog