The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations (the Staff) recently issued a risk alert reminding broker-dealers (firms) of their obligations under anti-money laundering (AML) rules and regulations, in particular requirements related to monitoring for and reporting of suspicious activity (AML
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There is a broad consensus that the MMF reforms adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis have not fully achieved their intended aims. A report released by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets in December 2020 concluded that, notwithstanding reforms adopted by the SEC in 2010 and 2014,
Continue Reading SEC Requests Comments on Potential Money Market Fund Reforms

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
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Today, we released our deck “The Road Ahead for Financial Regulatory Reform in a Time of Democrats in Control.” This deck describes our view of the road ahead for financial regulatory reform under a Biden Presidency, and updates the deck we published shortly after the 2020 election to reflect the
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On December 15, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require substantially faster notification of cybersecurity incidents involving banking organizations, expand the list of triggering events, and impose first-of-its kind
Continue Reading Banking Agencies Propose Cyber Reporting Rule: Implications for Cybersecurity Compliance

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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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
Continue Reading CFTC Withdraws Reg AT Proposal; Proposes Principles-Based Electronic Trading Risk Framework for DCMs

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

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the current market data infrastructure to expand the content required to be published on the consolidated tape and decentralize the collection, consolidation, and dissemination of market data through the introduction of proposed competing consolidators and self-aggregators.

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The CFTC unanimously approved final interpretive guidance describing what constitutes “actual delivery” of a virtual currency for purposes of the actual delivery exception from the provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act that prohibit any leveraged, margined, or financed transaction in a commodity with a retail customer, unless the transaction is
Continue Reading CFTC Adopts Final Interpretation on the Actual Delivery Exception for Leveraged Retail Virtual Currency Transactions