Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, vacated the DOL fiduciary rule in its entirety.  The lawsuit was brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SIFMA and a number of other business groups to challenge the validity of the fiduciary rule, … Read More

In the first major trading and markets initiative under SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, on March 14, 2018, the SEC proposed to establish a transaction fee pilot program to study the effects of maker-taker fee structures. A pilot study was initially recommended by the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee in … Read More

The Trump Administration has officially banned U.S. transactions in Venezuela’s controversial “petro” digital currency.  On March 19, 2018, the Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order, “Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in Venezuela” (the “Digital Currency E.O”), which prohibits U.S. persons and others subject to … Read More

The Bipartisan Banking Bill would provide banking organizations with relief from their stress testing, capital and liquidity requirements by adjusting the thresholds, frequency and substance of these rules.  The bill – which recently passed in the Senate, as described in a recent post here – is now being considered in … Read More

The Senate has passed the Bipartisan Banking Bill, which would raise the generally applicable statutory threshold for most enhanced prudential standards (EPS) from $50 billion to $250 billion in total consolidated assets and would provide other targeted relief to regional and community banks.  It would also make a … Read More

Continuing the trend of Congressional attention to U.S. capital requirements for banking organizations, the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that seeks to address the calculation of risk-weighted assets (RWAs) for operational risk under the U.S. Basel III capital rules (House Bill).  The … Read More

The past few days have seen several interesting developments in the law and regulation of digital tokens.  Each action reflects an intense focus by U.S. regulators to clarify the treatment of digital tokens, from those issued by startups in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to the more “traditional” cryptocurrencies … Read More

In a long-awaited report to the President, the Treasury Department recommended reforming—but not repealing—the orderly liquidation authority (“OLA”) created by Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Title II”), while also recommending the addition of a new Chapter 14 to the Bankruptcy Code.  Concluding “unequivocally that … Read More

For the first time, the CFTC has fined a company for poor cybersecurity practices that resulted in a third-party breach of the company’s information systems.  This development is consistent with an increasing trend of regulators holding companies responsible for the cybersecurity failures of third-party service providers.

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