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COVID-19 Resource Center
March 2020

Treasury Department Publishes Proposed Rule on CFIUS Filing Fees
Elena F. Mitchell
March 2020, MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense, and Investigations Associate Elena Mitchell and Member Frank Schall’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog article titled “Treasury Department Publishes Proposed Rule on CFIUS Filing Fees” was published on March 25.


New Treasury Department Regulations Expand CFIUS Authority
Elena F. Mitchell
February 2020, MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog

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.


MVA Blog Posts


State Legislators Seek to “Rewrite” Insurance Policies, Requiring Coverage of COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses
Tony Lathrop
April 2, 2020

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has elicited extraordinary suppression and mitigation measures from all levels of government in the U.S. and around the world. It is difficult to fathom the extent to which the economy, global and domestic travel, and…


28 U.S.C § 1782(a) – Obtaining Information in Aid of International Private Arbitration from U.S. Federal Courts
Jim McLoughlin
April 1, 2020

Servotronics, Inc., v. The Boeing Company, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 9872, Case No. 18-2454 (4th Cir.  March 30, 2020) (Opinion by Neimeyer, J.) In noteworthy endorsement of international arbitration, in its Servotronics, Inc. decision published March 30, 2020, the U.S.…


Legislative and Bank Regulatory Actions to Assist Forbearance in a Pandemic World
Kristina Whittaker
March 30, 2020

By Kristina Whittaker and Ed O’Keefe.  For the last three weeks or so, the federal and state banking agencies, collectively and individually, have, with increasing urgency, called on financial institutions to meet the financial needs of customers impacted by the COVID-19. Congress…


Operating A Business Under North Carolina’s COVID-19 “Stay-At-Home” Order: Essential Business Designation & Reentry Certification
Tony Lathrop
March 30, 2020

At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, all citizens and businesses of North Carolina will join hundreds of millions of others in the United States that are subject to state or local government issued “stay-at-home” orders. On March 27,…


COVID-19 National and State Relief Efforts Focus on Single Family Mortgage Loans
Kate Wellman
March 28, 2020

The shuttered storefronts and grounded airplanes that by now have become an all too familiar image of the COVID-19 pandemic are quickly creating a ripple effect through the U.S. economy. As unemployment rises and Americans struggle to pay their bills,…


Treasury Department Publishes Proposed Rule on CFIUS Filing Fees
Elena Mitchell
March 25, 2020

By: Elena F. Mitchell and Frank Schall.  Further implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA“), the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently published a proposed rule to establish filing fees for parties filing voluntary notices of…


A Place for Insurance in a Global Pandemic: How Do Event Cancellation & Business Interruption Policies Apply to COVID-19?
Tony Lathrop
March 25, 2020

It is an understatement to say that the foothold the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has gained in the U.S. and resulting government mandates have developed at a rapid pace. Two weeks ago, companies were open for business, but were well…


Financial Services Regulators Call for Preparedness and Flexibility in Supervised Institutions’ Responses to COVID-19
Kate Wellman
March 17, 2020

By Kate Wellman and Neil Bloomfield. As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, U.S. financial services regulators have released guidance to their supervised institutions to encourage proactive planning for what may be months of sustained impact to business infrastructure and the…


Never Waste a Crisis: How Coronavirus May Help Shape the LIBOR Transition
Neil Bloomfield
March 13, 2020

The transition away from LIBOR was born from the financial crisis.  For years regulators have been pushing for an alternative to the dominant market benchmark.  The underlying market was illiquid.  The rate was set by opinion, not transactions.  It was…


A Time of Testing – What Lawyers Can Do
Ed O'Keefe
March 12, 2020

A black swan has arrived – the Pandemic of 2020 and with it a bear market. As with previous black swan events, experts and leaders are in learning mode, with the facts and events evolving hourly. As my financial advisor…


House Financial Services Subcommittee Tackles Trafficking Prevention in Financial Systems
Sarah Byrne
March 10, 2020

Last week, the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy held a hearing on transnational trafficking networks and illicit finances.  Titled “The Traffickers’ Roadmap: How Bad Actors Exploit Financial Systems to Facilitate the Illicit…


North Carolina State and Local Land Use Laws Under Revision to Prepare for the Future: The Charlotte UDO and NCGS §160D
Tony Lathrop
March 6, 2020

Over the course of the last several years, we have seen movement at the state and local levels to revamp land use laws to prepare North Carolina for the future. Population growth in North Carolina has outpaced the nation during…


Valecia McDowell and Ed O’Keefe to Serve as Panelists for 2020 SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar
Neil Bloomfield
February 27, 2020

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia M. McDowell and Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Edward O’Keefe will both serve as speakers at the 2020 SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar.


Update: The Washington Privacy Act
Leslie Pedernales
February 18, 2020

For more background on the Washington Privacy Act, see: Washington State Legislature Takes Another Shot At a Consumer Data Privacy Law (DataPoints, 1/22/2020) Senate Bill 6281, the Washington Privacy Act, passed out of the Senate on February 14 and moved…


Sarah Byrne featured in Charlotte Magazine for role in Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project
Sarah Byrne
February 14, 2020

MVA’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project Leader, Sarah Byrne and her fight for victims of human trafficking was highlighted by Charlotte Magazine. The article titled, “Charlotte Attorney Sarah Byrne on Fighting for Victims of Human Trafficking” was published on February…


New Treasury Department Regulations Expand CFIUS Authority
Elena Mitchell
February 12, 2020

By: Elena F. Mitchell and Frank Schall.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently published final regulations to further implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA“) and to better address national security concerns resulting from certain…


A Small Step Toward Clarity? The CFPB Issues Policy Statement on “Abusiveness” Standard
Nicole Schiavo
February 11, 2020

On January 24, 2020 the CFPB issued a long-awaited policy statement about the meaning of “abusiveness” in the Bureau’s frequently-used enforcement weapon, 1031(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act, commonly referred to as UDAAP.  Unlike the standards for unfairness and deceptiveness (the…


An Agreement to Arbitrate Employment Claims Must Also Allow for Access to Full Remedies Before the NLRB
Tony Lathrop
February 6, 2020

In a separate post, we discussed several cases decided by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in which the Board invalidated agreements requiring employees to arbitrate employment-related claims due to vague language that did not make it clear that employees…


Watch Your Language: An Agreement to Arbitrate Employment Claims Must Allow for NLRA Claims Before the NLRB
Tony Lathrop
February 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court settled the long-standing dispute regarding the viability of class arbitration waivers in employment contracts with its determination in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 584 U. S. ____ (2018) that they indeed are enforceable, contrary to the…


Washington State Legislature Takes Another Shot At a Consumer Data Privacy Law
Leslie Pedernales
January 22, 2020

Following an unsuccessful attempt last year at passing a comprehensive data privacy bill, the Washington State Legislature is hoping the second time’s the charm. Senate Bill 6281, this session’s updated version of The Washington Privacy Act, is based on the…


Schrems II Opinion Casts Doubt on EU-US Data Protection Rules
Karin M. McGinnis
January 13, 2020

Facebook is at the center of the “Schrems” case, which exposed contradictions between U.S. and EU data privacy rules and toppled the U.S./EU Safe Harbor (Schrems I). In Schrems II, Austrian Max Schrems challenges the adequacy of standard contractual clauses…


Human Trafficking Awareness  – What Financial Institutions Need to Know
Sarah Byrne
January 13, 2020

Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer departments at financial institutions are on the front lines of human trafficking.  Not only does enhanced transaction monitoring help law enforcement identify trafficking circumstances through generation of Suspicious Activity Reports but it helps avoid…


Latest DOJ Spoofing Settlement
Jim McLoughlin
December 23, 2019

On November 6, 2019, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, and the CFTC, announced settlements of their spoofing and market manipulation investigations of Tower Research…


Exciting Times in Charlotte Development: City Council Moves UDO Process Forward with Transit Oriented Development Rezoning Approval & Ordinance Updates
Tony Lathrop
November 25, 2019

EXCITING TIMES IN CHARLOTTE DEVELOPMENT: CITY COUNCIL MOVES UDO PROCESS FORWARD WITH TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT REZONING APPROVAL & ORDINANCE UPDATES (Nov. 2019). It is an exciting time to be living in Charlotte, North Carolina, whether you have deep roots here or are a recent addition to our burgeoning city. North Carolina is experiencing rapid growth, … Continue reading


Bloomfield serves as panelist for 19th Annual Banking and Finance Forum
Neil Bloomfield
November 25, 2019

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice & Response Co-Head Neil Bloomfield served as a panelist for Mecklenburg County Bar’s 19th Annual Banking and Finance Forum which took place on November 22. Bloomfield joined others from Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Bryan…


The 2019 Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute Annual Conference
Ed O'Keefe
November 22, 2019

MVA is proud to once again be a sponsoring partner for The Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute Annual Conference, which took take place in New York on November 19–21. Now in its ninth year, The Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute…


U.S. Authorities’ Campaign Against Spoofing and Related Market Manipulation Enters a Potentially New Phase with Recent Criminal and Civil Enforcement Actions
Jim McLoughlin
November 6, 2019

On September 16, 2019, the Department of Justice and the CFTC jointly announced the indictment of three precious metal traders for an alleged eight year conspiracy to manipulate gold, silver, platinum, and palladium futures prices and civil charges based upon…


MVA Monitor – Election Report
Steven
November 6, 2019

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MVA Monitor – November 1
Steven
November 1, 2019

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The Wait is Over: Proposed Regulations Implementing the CCPA are Released
Suzanne Gainey
November 1, 2019

By Suzanne Gainey and Tandy Mathis.  On October 10, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the long-awaited proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) are available for public comment.  Although the regulations are not yet final, they do provide some visibility into what the Attorney General will expect from businesses that are subject … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – October 25
Steven
October 25, 2019

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California Consumer Privacy Act Update: AB25 and AB1355 Approved by California Governor
Karin M. McGinnis
October 16, 2019

Earlier we posted an article regarding the amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act by AB 25 and AB1355 creating a moratorium on the application of much of the CCPA to employee personal information—subject to approval by California’s governor. Pleased to report that Governor Newsom approved both AB25 and AB1355 and therefore the moratorium will … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – October 11
Steven
October 11, 2019

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U.S. Regulator Suggests Easing Post-Crisis Derivatives Rules
Neil Bloomfield
October 9, 2019

By Neil Bloomfield. In another sign of progress, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposed easing a rule that requires banks to put cash aside to safeguard derivatives trades among affiliates. The proposal would remove the current requirement for members…


Fraud As An Operational Risk For Banks
Neil Bloomfield
October 9, 2019

By Neil Bloomfield and Kristina Whittaker. Operational risk is a continuing and increasing focus of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and, as a result, it needs to be a greater priority of the institutions it regulates. The…


MVA Monitor – Election Report
Steven
October 9, 2019

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MVA Monitor – October 4
Steven
October 4, 2019

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California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data
Karin M. McGinnis
October 3, 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) imposes significant protections for California residents covered by the law, and significant burdens for companies required to comply with it. One area of concern is whether the CCPA applied to employee data collected by a business. The language of the CCPA was unclear but was open to the interpretation … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – September 27
Steven
September 27, 2019

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MVA Monitor – September 20
Steven
September 20, 2019

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MVA Monitor – September 13
Steven
September 13, 2019

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MVA Monitor – Election Report
Steven
September 11, 2019

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MVA Monitor – September 6
Steven
September 6, 2019

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MVA Monitor – August 30
Steven
August 30, 2019

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FHFA Removes Preferred Language Question from URLA
Nicole Schiavo
August 30, 2019

By Nicole Schiavo. Earlier this month the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it had directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make several changes to the Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), including the removal of a question asking…


Revised Interagency Examination Procedures for the Flood Disaster Protection Act
Neil Bloomfield
August 30, 2019

By Neil Bloomfield. The Task Force on Consumer Compliance of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently published the modified interagency examination procedures for the Flood Disaster Protection Act (FDPA) designed to promote consistency and communication of supervisory expectations…


U.S. Supreme Court Limited Authority to Remove Class Actions to Original Defendants, Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants May Not Remove Even Under CAFA
Tony Lathrop
August 23, 2019

A defendant by any other name does not smell as sweet when it comes to removing class actions from state court to federal court, even under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”). Congress passed CAFA to address perceived abuses in class action litigation and to provide an avenue for defendants to remove class … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – August 22
Steven
August 22, 2019

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MVA Monitor – August 16
Steven
August 16, 2019

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