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Kirkland & Ellis Discusses FinCEN Proposal to Increase Anti-Money Laundering Requirements for Investment Advisers

On February 13, the U.S. Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed1 (the “Proposed Rule”) to apply affirmative anti-money laundering and countering-the-financing-of-terrorism (“AML/CFT”) program obligations as prescribed by the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA

Paul Weiss Discusses Delaware Chancery Ruling on Controllers’ Fiduciary Duties When Exercising Stockholder Rights

In In re Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery (in an opinion by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster) clarified that, when exercising stockholder rights to alter a corporation’s status quo, controllers owe …

Skadden Discusses Final SEC Rules on SPACs and De-SPACs

On January 24, 2024, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules that impose significant additional procedural and disclosure requirements on initial public offerings (IPOs) by special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and in business combination transactions involving SPACs (de-SPACs). …

Skadden Discusses Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office Whistleblower Program for Individuals’ Self-Disclosure

On January 10, 2024, Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), announced the creation of that office’s Whistleblower Pilot Program (Program). This initiative provides notice of the requirements for individuals who wish to self-disclose criminal …

Davis Polk Discusses the FSOC Annual Report

The Financial Stability Oversight Council released its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting its 2023 activities, significant financial market and regulatory developments and potential emerging threats to U.S. financial stability. The 2023 Annual Report newly identifies artificial intelligence and insurance as vulnerabilities …

Cleary Gottlieb Discusses Proposed CFTC Guidance on Voluntary Carbon Credit Derivatives

On December 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) proposed guidance for designated contract markets (“DCMs”) listing voluntary carbon credit (“VCC”) derivative contracts.  The proposed guidance, published to coincide with COP 28, and the opportunity to provide comment will …

Davis Polk Discusses FSOC Revision to Nonbank SIFI Designation Framework

The Financial Stability Oversight Council revised its interpretive guidance and analytic framework for FSOC’s authority to designate nonbank financial companies for Federal Reserve supervision and regulation and to otherwise monitor and respond to financial stability risks. These changes reverse key …

Morrison & Foerster Discusses Federal Banking Agencies’ Adoption of Climate-Related Financial Risks Guidance

On October 24, 2023, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (together, the “Agencies”) released their final Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Financial Institutions (the …

Debevoise Discusses Proposed FDIC Guidelines for Corporate Governance and Risk Management

On October 11, 2023, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) published in the Federal Register for comment a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish new guidelines (the “Proposed Guidelines”) for governance and risk management at FDIC-supervised insured depository institutions …

Cleary Gottlieb Discusses How U.S. Securities Laws Apply to a Bail-In of UK or European Bank

On October 10, 2023, the Financial Stability Board (the “FSB”) published a report (the “FSB Report”)[1] that examined the international resolution framework as applicable to global systemically important banks (“G-SIBs”). In its examination, the FSB Report stated that the …