On September 16, 2022, the Treasury Department issued three reports pursuant to President Joseph Biden’s March 9 Executive Order 14067 on “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.” The issuance of the reports was followed by Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang giving remarks at the Brookings Institution on September 22 explaining the reports

If you thought the recent price increase at your neighborhood store was inflation’s last flop, think again. The Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”), which was signed into law by President Biden on August 16, 2022, is estimated to raise $739 billion over the decade. The IRA is financed primarily by several targeted tax increases. Revenues will

Last Friday, the United States and China appear to have taken a major step towards resolving their long-standing dispute over inspections and investigations by the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) of audit firms based in China and Hong Kong that threatens to cause the delisting of approximately $1.5 trillion in U.S.-listed securities by

On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court decided West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, holding that the EPA lacks authority under Section 7411(d) of the Clean Air Act to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants through “generation shifting,” i.e., increasing the use of cleaner energy sources like wind and

On June 8, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release (“New Reopening Release“), reopening the comment period on the clawback listing standard rules that it proposed in 2015 (“2015 Proposal“). At the same time, the SEC made available a memorandum prepared by the staff of the SEC’s

On May 5, 2022, Congressman McHenry, the senior Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman Huizenga, the senior Republican on the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets Subcommittee sent a letter to Chairwoman Maxine Waters reiterating their demand for a hearing with the full US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The House Financial

On March 9, 2022, President Biden signed an executive order titled “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets” (the “Order”). The Order directs a broad range of federal agencies to recommend legislative and regulatory proposals to foster the development of, and address the risks presented by, digital assets and a central bank digital currency. This Legal

On February 18, 2022, the US Senate unanimously passed the Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, which requires all US federal judges to publish their financial disclosure reports to the public. This legislation closely follows the bipartisan bill passed by the House in December 2021, which sought a similar outcome (see our related post

Recent investigations share findings that over 130 US Federal judges presided over cases in which they had a financial conflict of interest since 2010.  In a 422-4 vote this week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that would require US federal judges to share their financial disclosure reports publicly.

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On November 1, 2021, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) released its much-anticipated Report on Stablecoins. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency joined the PWG in issuing the report, which provides an overview of how stablecoins are created and operate, discusses the risks they present