The CFTC last week formally withdrew its controversial Proposed Regulation Automated Trading (Proposed Reg AT) and—consistent with Chairman Tarbert’s principles-based approach to regulation—proposed in its place new electronic trading risk principles (the Risk Principles) for designated contract markets (DCMs).  The CFTC’s new approach is likely to be welcomed by
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On June 17, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (the “Act”). The Act requires the President to submit to Congress within 180 days a report identifying persons responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and to impose blocking and visa sanctions against
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On June 11, 2020, the President issued an Executive Order (the “Order”), “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the International Criminal Court,” which authorizes the Secretary of State to impose blocking sanctions on certain persons involved in investigations by the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) of U.S. and allied military
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We have updated our visual memo on the Main Street Program and our memo on the legal architecture of the Main Street Program to reflect the expansion of the program and the revised program documents that the Federal Reserve announced this week. The visual memo provides an overview of the
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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
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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
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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,
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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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