On November 12, 2020 President Trump issued a new Executive Order, “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat from the Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies” (the “November 12 E.O.”) which bans, as of January 11, 2021, certain transactions by any United States person in publicly traded securities 
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On November 9, 2020, we released our deck “Financial Services Regulatory Reform in the Biden Administration: Key Areas of Focus.” This deck describes our view of the road ahead for financial regulatory reform under a Biden Presidency and a Republican Senate.  We see most of the action coming from the
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Last week the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Federal Reserve) announced changes to the terms of the Main Street Lending Program (the Program) aimed at boosting small business participation in the Program. As explained in further detail below, the Federal Reserve reduced the minimum
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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Federal Reserve Board (together the Agencies) last week proposed amendments (the Proposed Rules) to the Travel Rule regulations and related Recordkeeping Rules under the Bank Secrecy Act (together the Rules).[1]

Lowering the threshold for cross-border transfers
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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has finalized a rule (Final Rule) establishing a bright-line test for determining the true lender of a loan.  The Final Rule is intended to address the now-common lending arrangements involving a partnership between a national bank or
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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
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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
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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
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