On May 15, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expansion of General Prohibition No. 3 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict Huawei’s access to semiconductor designs and chipsets that are direct products of certain
Continue Reading U.S. Government Tightens Export Control of Direct Products of U.S. Technologies to Huawei and Dual-Use Items to China, Russia, and Venezuela

Following our initial post and subsequent update on the Bank of England’s (the “Bank”) Covid Corporate Financing Facility (“CCFF”), on 19 May 2020 the Bank issued a press release announcing the publication of a consolidated market notice that incorporates revisions to the operation of the CCFF, including with respect to
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The Federal Reserve announced on May 11 a revised term sheet and FAQs for its Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF), which will provide up to $500 billion of direct support to states and local governments to help them manage cash flow stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Relative to
Continue Reading Fed Announces Pricing for Municipal Liquidity Facility

The Securities and Exchange Commission acted on the first of its proposals to substantially revamp the regulations concerning equity market data by issuing an order directing the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to propose a new National Market System equity market data plan. The new plan,
Continue Reading SEC Issues Order Requiring Changes to NMS Plan Governance

Updated May 7, 2020

We have updated Davis Polk’s table summarizing the Federal Reserve’s actions to address the coronavirus crisis, with embedded links to the primary materials on the Federal Reserve’s website.

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The Federal Reserve has taken temporary measures (and has published FAQs) to (1) lift the net debit cap on and waive fees for daylight overdrafts for financially sound depository institutions, including U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations, and (2) provide a streamlined approval process for other depository
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Our UK COVID-19 Considerations for Authorised Firms memorandum published earlier this month focused on the steps UK authorised firms can take to ensure their responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis are consistent with the expectations of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and summarised some of the key announcements and measures
Continue Reading UK COVID-19 Considerations for Authorised Firms – Update

The Federal Reserve announced on April 27 the expansion of its Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF), which will provide up to $500 billion of direct support to states and local governments to help them manage cash flow stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Key features of the MLF as
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President Trump signed a $484 billion stimulus bill into law today as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to contain the economic damage from the COVID-19.  The bill passed the House of Representatives and the Senate earlier this week with broad bipartisan support.

The measure is designed to supplement
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On April 20, 2020, the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a new £500 million scheme (delivered by the UK Government in partnership with the British Business Bank) to provide convertible loans (alongside private third party matched investors) as bridge funding to innovative companies facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus
Continue Reading UK Announces £500 Million Convertible Loan Scheme for UK Start-ups Hit By Coronavirus (COVID-19)