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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

Regular Contributor to Moore & Van Allen's
MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog
Neil T. Bloomfield
2019

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

Proposed Treasury Regulations Impact “Deemed Dividend” Tax Rules in Financing Transactions
Randy J. Clark, Robert (Rob) A. Fisher
November 2018

Following tax reform at the end of 2017, cash dividends from a foreign corporate subsidiary to a domestic corporate 10 percent shareholder are exempt from U.S. income tax because the shareholder is permitted a “dividends-received deduction” equal to the amount of the dividend. However, this new deduction was not expanded to cover “deemed dividends” from foreign corporate subsidiaries under Section 956 resulting from full pledges of the stock of, or guarantees by, such foreign corporate subsidiaries. As a result, loan security arrangements for U.S. borrowers that have foreign corporate subsidiaries have continued to be driven by the Section 956 “deemed dividend” rules, and credit agreements have continued to include “deemed dividend”-driven restrictions.


Family Offices: Unique Capital Allocation And Structuring Considerations
John Gilson, Thomas Cooper
November 2018

Family offices, and the investment professionals serving them, have long been participants in traditional M&A transactions. Of late, however, middle market and lower-middle market family offices are experiencing an increased migration of private equity professionals from traditional private equity funds. This migration has prompted an increased need for investment professionals (and their advisors) to consider the often-perceived sleepy legal field of trusts and estates when structuring both a family office itself and its transactions.


Lamberth, O’Keefe and Whittaker co-author article for Market Solutions
Katherine M. Lamberth, Edward P. O'Keefe, Kristina B. Whittaker
October 2018

Charlotte Litigation Associate Katherine Lamberth, Member Ed O’Keefe, and Counsel Kristina Whittaker co-authored the article titled, “Fintechs Can Now Be Banks, Too: Overview of the OCC’s Fintech Charter and Related Considerations” that was published in Market Solutions, Volume 27, Number 3.


Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?
October 2018

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and plan for renewals if necessary.


MVA Blog Posts


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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CFPB’s ANPR Calls for the End of the GSE Patch
Nicole Schiavo
August 14, 2019

By Nicole Schiavo. Late last month the CFPB reignited debate when it issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) stating its intention to allow the “GSE Patch” to expire in January 2021.  The GSE Patch allows what would otherwise…


Federal Reserve Discloses Plan for “FedNow” a Real Time Payment System
Neil Bloomfield
August 14, 2019

By Neil Bloomfield. The Federal Reserve Board (Federal Reserve) recently announced it will develop a “new round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service”, named the FedNow℠Service to support faster payments in the United States.  FedNow will be a national instant payment…


MVA Monitor – August 9
Steven
August 9, 2019

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Enhancing Transparency in the Agencies’ Approach to BSA/AML Examinations
Barbara Meeks
August 5, 2019

By Barbara Meeks and Kristina Whittaker. Last month the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the federal bank regulators issued a Joint Statement aimed at improving transparency into their risk-focused examination and supervision of banks’ compliance with Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-money…


MVA Monitor – August 2
Steven
August 2, 2019

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OCC Releases Bulletin on Fraud Risk Management Principles
Kristina Whittaker
August 1, 2019

In the aftermath of sales practices, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently published a bulletin on fraud risk management principles that are applicable to all federally chartered financial institutions. The bulletin supplements existing OCC and interagency…


Meeks and O’Keefe Article, “Pursuit of a Regulatory Practice Dream: The Story of 2 Powerhouse Bank GCs Uniting,” published by Corporate Counsel
Ed O'Keefe
July 31, 2019

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Members Barbara Meeks and Ed O’Keefe’s article titled, “Pursuit of a Regulatory Practice Dream: The Story of 2 Powerhouse Bank GCs Uniting,” was published by Corporate Counsel on July 26, 2019. In the article,…


NY Governor Signs Data Breach Security Law
Tandy Mathis
July 26, 2019

As anticipated, today New York’s governor signed into law the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act) discussed in our recap of US data breach laws enacted in the first half of 2019. The bill passed the state senate by a margin of 41 – 21. The law updates the body of … Continue reading


From “Where Were the Lawyers?” to “Where Have the Lawyers Gone?”
Ed O'Keefe
July 26, 2019

Colleagues, I hope you are enjoying your summer and have had or are planning a break. Summer breaks help us maintain a healthy balance of rest and work.   Speaking of balance, over a recent beach vacation, I had time to study…


MVA Monitor – July 26
Steven
July 26, 2019

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WCIRA News Clips: SEC Staff Issues Statement on Preparing for Impending LIBOR Transition
Neil Bloomfield
July 22, 2019

As government authorities around the world create a constantly evolving regulatory environment, conduct overlapping investigations, and bring parallel proceedings, our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating these waters. Moore & Van Allen’s WCIRA News Clips…


MVA Monitor – July 19
Steven
July 19, 2019

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MVA Monitor – July 12
Steven
July 12, 2019

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Parting the Waters of Uncertainty for Private Flood Insurance
Elena Mitchell
July 2, 2019

By Elena F. Mitchell, Barbara S. Meeks, and Neil T. Bloomfield* A final interagency rule taking effect on July 1, 2019, provides federally regulated lending institutions with eagerly awaited guidance concerning private flood insurance for improved properties located in special flood hazard…


US Data Breach and Privacy 2019 Legislative Recap
Tandy Mathis
July 1, 2019

A few weeks ago, Texas signed into law an amendment to its data breach law, capping off a busy first half of 2019 for state lawmakers in this arena.  As we gear up for the second half of 2019, we thought a recap was worthwhile.  The legislation reflects a number of trends, including increasing obligations … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – June 28
Steven
June 28, 2019

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MVA Monitor – June 21
Steven
June 21, 2019

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MVA Monitor – June 14
Steven
June 17, 2019

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U.S. Supreme Court Said “No” to Class Arbitration in Employment-Related Data Breach Dispute Because Arbitration Agreement Ambiguous on Class Procedures
Tony Lathrop
June 11, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two 5-4 decisions in as many months regarding class procedures. Lamp Plus, Inc. v. Varela, 587 U. S. ____ (2019) was favorable to corporate defendants by limiting the availability of class arbitration when the arbitration agreement is ambiguous, while Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson, 587 U. S. ____ (2019) … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – June 7
Steven
June 7, 2019

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WCIRA News Clips: “At the Next Critical Stage in the Transition Away from LIBOR” – Federal Reserve Vice Chair Urges Companies, Financial Institutions to Begin Shift from LIBOR to Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR)
Neil Bloomfield
June 4, 2019

As government authorities around the world create a constantly evolving regulatory environment, conduct overlapping investigations, and bring parallel proceedings, companies are facing perhaps the most challenging regulatory and criminal enforcement environment. Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource…


MVA Monitor – May 31
Steven
May 31, 2019

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MVA Monitor – May 24
Steven
May 24, 2019

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MVA Monitor – May 17
Steven
May 17, 2019

It was a relatively quiet week at the General Assembly. No votes were taken on the House floor until Wednesday and on the Senate floor until Thursday. Only about a dozen bills had any action this week. Issue Insights State and Legislative Issues Abortion Bill Most advocates on both sides of the abortion issue have had […]

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Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2019 Chambers & Partners Guide
Neil Bloomfield
May 15, 2019

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked seven firm practice groups and 26 firm attorneys in the 2019 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Moore & Van Allen’s…


Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2019 Chambers & Partners Guide
Neil Bloomfield
May 15, 2019

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked seven firm practice groups and 26 firm attorneys in the 2019 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Moore & Van Allen’s Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate practice groups earned Band 1 top-tier recognition … Continue reading


New Charlotte Transit Oriented Development Regulations Approved, What’s Next?
Tony Lathrop
May 7, 2019

NEW TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS APPROVED, WHAT’S NEXT? (May 2019): The City of Charlotte has revamped its approach to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as an initial step in the process of transforming the city into a liveable one that provides transportation options for all residents to access employment, services, and housing. As Chair of the … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – April 19
Steven
April 19, 2019

This week, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) this week issued his first veto since Democrats broke the super-majority in the legislature. Despite having a short week, House members filed over 200 new bills before leaving Wednesday for a spring break. The Senate continued to meet this week and will take a break next week. Issue Insights […]

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North Carolina Amendments to Data Breach Law Finally Introduced
Karin M. McGinnis
April 17, 2019

On April 16, 2019, Representatives Saine, Jones and Reives introduced House Bill 904, the long anticipated amendments to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-61 et seq.. We first wrote about the proposed legislation in February 2018 [Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities]. The bill … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – April 12
Steven
April 12, 2019

The General Assembly continued work on substantive legislation this week, with several high profile bills involving health care moving forward. In another health care story, Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, and Wake Forest University announced plans to negotiate a merger of the hospital systems and to bring a second campus of the Wake Forest […]

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