Mr. Hall is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s corporate governance practice. [Full Bio]

A recent SEC conditional no-action position (the “No-Action Statement”) has further opened the regulatory door to trading of digital asset securities (“DAS”), by allowing certain limited purpose DAS-only broker-dealers to maintain custody of these securities on behalf of customers.  Efforts to meet the SEC staff’s prior guidance that broker-dealers generally
Continue Reading SEC Takes No-Action Position on Custody of Digital Asset Securities by Special Purpose Broker-Dealers

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
Continue Reading Financial Services Regulatory Reform in the Biden Administration: Key Areas of Focus

Last week, the SEC staff published new detailed guidance on its views of when a digital asset may be considered a security, in the form of two documents:  a guidance “framework” issued by the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology and a no-action letter from the SEC’s Division
Continue Reading SEC Staff Doubles Down on Howey for Digital Assets

Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

As U.S. investors have been looking for ways to invest in digital currencies, fund managers have started to grapple with how to fit this new asset class into older, ill-fitting structures and rules.

Join us for a discussion on industry
Continue Reading Webcast: Bitcoin, Ether, and ICOs: Digital Currency Issues for Fund Managers

In a much-anticipated action, on July 25 the SEC issued a Section 21(a) report of its investigation into an offering of digital tokens by “The DAO,” an unincorporated virtual organization. Though declining to take enforcement action against The DAO, the SEC used the opportunity to warn others engaged in similar
Continue Reading SEC Confirms That Some Initial Coin Offerings Are Illegal Unregistered Securities Offerings

With President-elect Donald Trump’s transition underway, speculation has been rife as to the impact of his Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress on a variety of issues, including executive compensation.  While one might assume that all of the recent executive compensation rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, such as the pay
Continue Reading Predictions on Possible Changes to and Timing of the Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Provisions