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SPOTLIGHTUS Election

Mayer Brown

Post-Election Analysis: The Future of US Policy and Implications for Businesses and the Economy

The US federal election could have sweeping regulatory and legislative impacts across virtually every major sector of the economy. To help understand how government policy might change over the next four years and what that means for domestic and global businesses, we invite you to join the first of our post-election programs.

US CFTC Issues Further Technical No-Action Relief and Guidance for LIBOR Transition

On December 22, 2021, in response to a request from the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (ARRC) and a further request from the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued five technical no-action letters providing additional, and extending existing, time-limited, no-action relief and guidance for certain London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) transition matters.

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The Hong Kong Vaccine Bubble for the Catering Business – At A Glance (Updated on 6 January 2022)

Social distancing rules have been tightened from 7 to 20 January 2022. For catering businesses (excluding bars and pubs which will be closed), with the abolition of Mode A, there will now be only three modes of operation in which they can operate dine-in services, all of which require the customers (except for certain exempted individuals) to use the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) mobile application before entering the premises.

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Climate Change and Investment Treaty Arbitration

In this episode, Kwadwo Sarkodie and Charles Harris are joined by Rachael O’Grady, partner in the International Arbitration practice of Mayer Brown’s London office. Our speakers discuss the overlapping of the Climate Change and Investment Treaty legal frameworks, and the interplay between them.

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Strategies and Risks in the Wake of COP26

Now that COP26 is behind us, what are the implications going forward? The two-week long UN global climate summit – postponed by a year due to COVID – brought some 40,000 delegates, together with high expectations of a reboot of our approach to pressing climate challenges, to Glasgow, and certainly included plenty of drama.

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The CFA Institute releases Global ESG Disclosure Standards for Investment Products

Evaluating, and comparing, the ESG credentials of different investment products presents significant difficulties. In a welcome development in the move towards addressing these issues,the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, published its first voluntary Global ESG Disclosure Standards for Investment Products (the “Standards”).

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Breach Notification Requirement Finalized by US Banking Regulators

On November 18, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation finalized new cyber incident notification requirements for institutions that they regulate and their service providers. The Notification Rule expands and clarifies existing notification obligations of financial institutions, which are primarily focused on consumer protection and suspicious activity reporting.

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Cloud+ Strategic Partnerships: The Evolution of Cloud Services

We are increasingly seeing a deal model that we call a “Cloud+ Strategic Partnership.” In that model, a cloud provider agrees to provide discounts to and collaborate with a company in the development of new software that will run on the provider’s cloud infrastructure or cloud platform. This article contains some initial considerations.

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TCFD: Preparing for Mandatory Reporting

Many UK companies will soon be mandated to make TCFD-aligned disclosures. This follows the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) introduction of the Listing Rules (Disclosure of Climate-Related Financial Information) Instrument in December 2020, which requires companies with a UK premium listing to disclose on a comply-or-explain basis against the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations in their annual reports.

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An Insider’s View: Can the Minority Effectively Conduct Oversight Investigations? (with Special Guest Jessica Donlon)

Quick Insights on Congressional Investigations is a series hosted by Mayer Brown partners Michael Levy and Andrew Olmem, who unpack the nuanced complexities underlying congressional investigations and provide guidance on how companies can manage and minimize the impacts. Each episode is short and tackles one question relating to congressional investigations.

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TCFD: Preparing for Mandatory Reporting

The latest issue of Mayer Brown’s IBOR Transition Digest—a periodic compendium of global regulatory and market developments and insights on the complex issues confronting financial market participants as they plan to transition from LIBOR and its variants to replacement benchmark interest rates.

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Hong Kong SFC Unveils Consultation Conclusions on AML/CFT Guideline for Licensed Corporations

A virtual discussion on the regulatory aspects of the EO, its potential policy outcomes, and practical impacts on affected businesses. On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order (EO) on Promoting Competition in the American Economy that establishes a “whole-of-government effort” aimed at reducing corporate consolidation. The EO calls for federal agencies to undertake 72 separate initiatives across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology, transportation and communication services.

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Charges Against US Bank Employees May Represent a New Frontier in COVID-Relief Fraud Cases

A virtual discussion on the regulatory aspects of the EO, its potential policy outcomes, and practical impacts on affected businesses. On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order (EO) on Promoting Competition in the American Economy that establishes a “whole-of-government effort” aimed at reducing corporate consolidation. The EO calls for federal agencies to undertake 72 separate initiatives across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology, transportation and communication services.

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Biden Administration to Replace Travel Bans with Vaccine Mandates

A virtual discussion on the regulatory aspects of the EO, its potential policy outcomes, and practical impacts on affected businesses. On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order (EO) on Promoting Competition in the American Economy that establishes a “whole-of-government effort” aimed at reducing corporate consolidation. The EO calls for federal agencies to undertake 72 separate initiatives across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology, transportation and communication services.

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