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
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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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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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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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As we enter the new year, we have updated our roster of federal financial regulatory leadership, including announced nominations, confirmations, resignations and expiring terms.  The first slide summarizes the state of play for the agencies’ principals; the later slides provide a deeper look on an agency-by-agency basis, including select senior
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In a long-awaited milestone, the SEC has proposed an update of Guide 3, the industry guide for banking organizations.  The proposal eliminates a number of the current requirements under Guide 3 and streamlines many of those that remain.  The three “new” credit quality ratios in the proposal are, in practice,
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As we look forward to fall, we have updated our brief deck summarizing the leadership and staffing changes among federal financial regulators, including announced nominations, confirmations, resignations and expiring terms.  The first slide summarizes the state of play for the agencies’ principals; the later slides provide a deeper look on
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The Financial Standards Accounting Board (FASB) voted on Wednesday to propose delaying the implementation date of the Current Expected Credit Losses accounting standard (CECL) until 2023, for all companies other than larger SEC filers.  The proposal would reduce the number of implementation dates from three to
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