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Regulators Provide Some Flexibility on the Swaps Variation Margin Compliance Deadline

February 24, 2017 | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | Mark D. Young, Maureen A. Donley, Daniel B. O'Connell, Shekida A. Smith

On February 23, 2017, U.S. federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators), European regulators and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued statements clarifying their expectations on compliance with the March 1, 2017, variation margin (VM) requirements for...

Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters

February 15, 2017 | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | Katherine D. Ashley, Colleen P. Mahoney, Michael Y. Scudder

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate governance, company management and Securities and Exchange Commission...

Skadden's 2017 Insights

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights

Significant political developments in 2016 set the stage for potentially big shifts in regulation, international relationships and enforcement activity in the year ahead. How these factors play out — and the subsequent impact they have on business activity — remains to be seen. We offer...

Reform, Not Repeal, Likely for US Swaps Regulations

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Mark D. Young, Maureen A. Donley, Rachel Kaplan Reicher

Swaps transactions, virtually unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis, are regulated in the U.S. under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Title VII empowers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), for most swaps, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the balance of swaps...

Trump’s Proposed Changes to Tax, Dodd-Frank, DOL Could Impact Executive Compensation

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Neil M. Leff, Regina Olshan, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Audrey J. Murga

President Donald Trump’s campaign proposals included changes to tax rates and a promise to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act. If enacted, these proposals could have a significant impact on the way businesses handle executive compensation, permitting companies greater flexibility in structuring...

A Trump-Appointed AG May Not Translate to Less Aggressive Enforcement

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Gary DiBianco, David Meister, Jocelyn E. Strauber, Eli S. Rubin, Paul E. Schied

Forecasting the enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration is difficult at best. Previous statements from both President Donald Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., shed some light as to their views. While some...

Trump's Focus on Deregulation Could Shape SEC Priorities in 2017

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Brian V. Breheny, Colleen P. Mahoney, Lily S. Huang

In his statement announcing the appointment of Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), President Donald Trump said that “we need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American businesses, and restore oversight of the financial industry in a way...

Change in Administration Presents Opportunity to Revisit DOL Fiduciary Rule

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Michael D. Dorum, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Christopher M. Gandia

In 2016, regulatory developments introduced fundamental changes in the legal standards that govern the relationship of broker-dealers with their customers. Although the changes are not applicable until April 10, 2017, most in the industry have already been preparing for compliance. The new...

The Uncertain Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Joseph L. Barloon, Anand S. Raman

Since its inception in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sought to prove itself as a powerful regulator through significant enforcement actions and settlements. In 2016, the CFPB continued to aggressively enforce federal consumer protection laws, including imposing its...

The Trump Impact: Key Issues in Financial Services Reform for 2017

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Brian D. Christiansen, David C. Ingles, Sven G. Mickisch, William J. Sweet, Jr., Collin P. Janus, Marcel T. Rosner, Brian D. Flynn

The Trump administration has provided few specifics regarding its plans for financial regulatory reform. But Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government should create a favorable environment for financial services deregulation. We expect that regulatory...

Volatility and Uncertainty Continue in the US Capital Markets

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights | Michelle Gasaway, Benjamin K. Marsh

The U.S. capital markets experienced continued volatility throughout much of 2016, as the bond and equity markets were affected by a series of significant events: the November U.S. presidential election; the June Brexit vote; fluctuating oil prices over the course of the year; the Federal...

2017 Insights: Corporate

January 30, 2017 | Skadden's 2017 Insights

Although political and economic uncertainties tempered corporate activity somewhat in 2016, the trends and fundamentals that have the potential to drive transactions remain in place in 2017. Capital Markets Volatility and Uncertainty Continue in the US Capital Markets Following continued volatility...

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