On March 15, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a series of proposals designed to improve firms’ preparedness and responses to cyber incidents. The proposals, which would impact many of the financial services industry participants regulated by the SEC, generally require that firms establish policies and procedures to better prevent and detect cyber incidents and disclose certain cyber incidents to clients and the SEC within specified time periods.
On March 14, 2023, an announcement from the CEO of the newly-created, full-service FDIC-operated Bridge Bank was posted on the Silicon Valley Bank website indicating that the Bridge Bank has “fully stepped into the shoes of the former Silicon Valley Bank.”
On Monday, March 13, 2023, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation transferred all deposits—both insured and uninsured—and substantially all assets of the former Silicon Valley Bank to Silicon Valley Bank, N.A, a newly created, full-service FDIC-operated ‘bridge bank’. The FDIC has not stated whether the bridge bank has assumed funding obligations under the former Silicon Valley Bank’s unfunded loan commitments.
Included in this Frequently Asked Questions are some general observations on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) receivership process for Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”). The specifics of the receivership process are uncertain at this early stage and, hopefully, more guidance with respect to the issues discussed below will be provided by the FDIC over the next few days.
Chapman is pleased to announce that Dan Flores, Tim Wheeler, Alex Kress, and Michael Samuels have joined the firm from Wilson Elser, further expanding Chapman’s litigation, bankruptcy, and restructuring teams in New York.
On February 13, 2023, the IRS released Notices 2023-17 and 2023-18, which provide guidance on energy incentive tax credit provisions that were amended by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the "IRA"). Taxpayers and their advisors have been eagerly awaiting guidance on many aspects of the IRA's changes. The guidance in Notices 2023-17 and 2023-18, however, does not cover many of the most pressing issues regarding the new tax credit rules, such as the details of how to obtain a refund of tax credits under the new “direct pay” provision and how to comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. The IRS has stated that it will issue additional guidance on the IRA's changes to existing tax credit provisions in the future.
- U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up, Then Passes on, the Opportunity to Clarify Attorney-Client Privilege for Dual-Purpose Communications
The U.S. Supreme Court recently took up In re Grand Jury, No. 21-1397, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to address a common, recurring, and sometimes vexing question as to attorney-client privilege: how to apply the privilege to communications with counsel that contain both legal and non-legal advice? This is a particularly important question for corporate in-house counsel who, as the courts often say, “wear two hats,” providing both legal and business or policy advice to their employers.
On February 22, 2023, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) proposed the adoption of new listing standards contained in the Corporate Governance section of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (the “Manual”). New Section 303A.14 would “require issuers to develop and implement a policy providing for the recovery of erroneously awarded incentive-based compensation received by current or former executive officers.”
On February 15, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rule changes to Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1, shortening the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions in securities from two business days after the trade date (T+2) to one day (T+1).
- SEC Proposes Expansion of Investment Adviser Custody Rule – Digital Assets Would Be Required to Be Held by a “Qualified Custodian”
On February 15, 2023, by a vote of 4 to 1 with only Commissioner Peirce voting no, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend the content of Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”), known as the Custody Rule, and redesignate it as Rule 223-1 under the Advisers Act, now known as the Safeguarding Rule. If adopted, the proposal would, among other things, expand the coverage of the Advisers Act’s custody provisions beyond “client funds and securities” to include any client assets of which an adviser has custody, a change that would bring within the rule’s coverage all digital assets, including non-securities such as commodities. Such a change would impose a requirement on many investment advisers that hold client assets to place those assets with a “qualified custodian,” despite a current lack of widespread availability of such service providers for many digital assets.
- Topic: Cryptocurrency
- Chamber of Digital Commerce releases report: The Crypto Conundrum: Why Won’t the SEC Approve a Bitcoin ETF?
Chapman represented the Chamber of Digital Commerce in connection with its “Spot Bitcoin ETF Initiative” which set out to gain a deep understanding of the industry’s experience in pursuit of a registered Spot Bitcoin ETF and provide insight into the most realistic avenues for ultimately getting the SEC to approve this widely anticipated investment product.