The banking sector is both regulated and supervised, a key difference between banking and the rest of the regulated sectors in the economy.  Supervision happens behind the veil of confidential supervisory information in ways that are both appropriate and concerning.[1]  The scope of what is appropriate and what is
Continue Reading Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Propose New Rule Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has taken another important step to increase transparency and accountability in the supervisory process by proposing amendments to its existing Guidelines for Appeals of Material Supervisory Determinations (the Proposal).

In a comment letter submitted this week, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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On October 14, 2020, the U.S. State Department submitted to relevant committees of Congress the report required under Section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 (“HKAA”). The announcement of the report did not involve the imposition of any new sanctions related to China or Hong Kong, as
Continue Reading Davis Polk Client Memorandum: State Department Sends Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report to Congress

The SBA has issued a long-awaited Procedural Notice providing guidance on the procedures for changes of ownership of an entity that has received Paycheck Protection Program funds.

Our memorandum contains flowcharts outlining when SBA consent is required for M&A transactions involving borrowers that want to sell their business to another
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The OCC has issued an interpretive letter confirming that national banks may take deposits that serve as reserves for fiat currency-pegged stablecoins.  The letter continues the series of actions taken or announced by Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks to clarify how traditional banking regulations apply to fintech activities—particularly when those activities
Continue Reading OCC Confirms that National Banks May Take Deposits that Serve as Reserves for Fiat-Pegged Stablecoins

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) recently promulgated final regulations that modify the scope of the mandatory declaration rules for transactions involving U.S. businesses involved in certain activities related to critical technologies (“Final Mandatory Declaration Regulations”).

As discussed in our memo available
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The Federal Reserve has opened the Main Street Lending Program to nonprofits. Main Street loans are complicated, and the fact that Main Street’s nonprofit lending facilities were bolted onto an existing framework for profit-driven corporations adds another layer of complexity. We hope this memo helps clarify the program and serves
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Our memo delivers key takeaways on the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement about its research into central bank digital currency, along with some useful resources. We also place the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement, in a speech by Governor Lael Brainard, in the overall international context.

Please read our client memorandum for
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On August 17, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce announced it was tightening restrictions on Huawei’s access to American technology through a new rule that: (1) further amends BIS’ foreign direct product (FDP) rule to restrict Huawei’s access to items produced using U.S.-origin
Continue Reading Commerce Department Further Clamps Down on Huawei