On June 21, 2021, US financial regulators met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the US economy and update him on their efforts to address climate-related risks.  According to the White House readout of the meeting, the regulators said “they were making steady progress” on implementing President Biden’s executive order on climate-related risk. The

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of ESG-related announcements coming from the SEC Acting Chair and staff. The most recent press release announced that the SEC has created a Climate and ESG Task Force in the Division of Enforcement:

[T]he Climate and ESG Task Force will develop initiatives to proactively identify ESG-related misconduct. 

On February 24, 2021, Acting Chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Allison Herren Lee, announced that the agency will be focusing on public companies’ climate change disclosures as part of an effort to both assess current compliance with federal securities laws and develop new disclosure requirements for climate change. Specifically, she stated

On June 18, 2020, the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced in a risk alert that it will conduct examinations of SEC-registered investment advisers, broker-dealers and investment companies, among others, to assess their preparedness for LIBOR’s expected discontinuation.

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Yesterday, May 27, 2020, the US Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) published updated best practices guidance, including a summary factsheet, complete best practices guidance and a graphical timeline. While the updates cover more market participants and include some additional details for certain interim milestones (including various end dates for specified products by which LIBOR usage

On Friday, May 22, 2020, in the closely watched Millennium Health case, Judge Gardephe issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss, including the six causes of action in the plaintiff’s petition under the securities laws of California, Colorado, Illinois and Massachusetts, and holding that the leveraged loans at issue were

This Lexis Practice Advisor: First Analysis article discusses the final rule amendments adapted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that modernize the offering related provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and the communications safe harbors available to business development companies (BDCs) and closed-end funds (CEFs), including interval

On March 6, 2020, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) released its “Proposed Legislative Solution to Minimize Legal Uncertainty and Adverse Economic Impact Associated with LIBOR Transition.” This Legal Update summarizes the proposed legislation and discusses why, though well-intentioned, it may not be sufficient to meet the ARRC’s objective.

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