Brian Christiansen

Brian Christiansen

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"Managing Regulatory Risk in Bank M&A"

We expect the slowly developing but increasingly perceptible trend toward community and regional bank consolidation in the United States to continue in 2015. In connection with growing bank M&A activity, closing risk in the...more

2/10/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Community Banks Due Diligence Industry Consolidation Regulatory Standards Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation

"FATCA Finally Takes Effect, Subject to Transition Rules"

After several years of delays, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) finally took effect on July 1, 2014. Congress enacted FATCA as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act in 2010 to stop U.S....more

2/9/2015 - Enforcement FATCA Foreign Bank Accounts Intergovernmental Agreements IRS

"Specialty Finance M&A: Market Update"

While activity in the traditional bank M&A market remained tepid, transactions involving nonbank specialty finance companies attracted strong interest from the private equity community and strategic buyers alike in 2014. ...more

2/6/2015 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions Nonbank Firms Private Equity Regulatory Standards

"An Update on Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine"

On April 25, 2014, following a meeting of the G7 in which member countries broadly agreed to take further action against Russia in response to political violence and unrest in Ukraine, U.S. officials imposed sanctions against...more

5/7/2014 - EU OFAC Russia Sanctions Ukraine

"An Update on Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine"

Last week the United States and European Union continued to ramp up economic sanctions related to events in Ukraine and Russia. Because the most recent round of sanctions is likely to have a much broader reach, entities must...more

3/27/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

"An Update on Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine"

In the wake of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to secede from Ukraine, the United States and the European Union imposed economic sanctions on several high-level public officials in Ukraine and Russia. Please see our alert dated...more

3/18/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

"Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine"

With the events unfolding in Ukraine, many entities are assessing the potential impact on their international activities of U.S. and European sanctions. This alert highlights some key aspects of the U.S. and EU sanction...more

3/10/2014 - Barack Obama EU Executive Orders Sanctions Ukraine

"Chapter 11 Strategies Increasingly Appeal to Banks in Need of Recapitalization"

Historically, the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process was not used as a technique to recapitalize struggling banks. An aversion to using Chapter 11 was attributable in part to concerns that regulators and depositors might perceive...more

1/29/2014 - Banks Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Recapitalization

"Financial Institutions Wrestle With FATCA Implementation"

Over the past year, financial institutions have wrestled with the challenges presented by the U.S. Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Originally scheduled to take effect in 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS have...more

1/29/2014 - Banks FATCA HIRE Act IRS Offshore Funds Tax Evasion

The Volcker Rule: A First Look at Key Changes

On December 10, 2013, five U.S. financial regulators (the Agencies) adopted a final rule implementing the Volcker Rule. The text of the final rule and its accompanying preamble are available here. The Volcker Rule was created...more

12/12/2013 - Asset-Backed Securities Banks CEOs Dodd-Frank Exemptions Hedge Funds Market Making Private Equity Reporting Requirements Sovereign Debt Volcker Rule

"US Financial Regulators Issue Final Volcker Rule"

Yesterday, U.S. financial regulators issued the final Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule implements provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that prohibit banking organizations from engaging in...more

12/11/2013 - Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform Volcker Rule

"Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Although the 2012 and 2013 proxy seasons saw increased (and highly publicized) shareholder activism across a range of industries, that trend has not yet made its way to the U.S. banking industry. Over the last two proxy...more

11/12/2013 - Executive Compensation ISS Say-on-Pay Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

"Federal Reserve Proposes Bank Liquidity Requirements That Exceed the Basel III Standard"

The Federal Reserve Board (Board) yesterday approved a proposed rule requiring larger U.S. banking organizations maintain liquid assets in an amount sufficient to meet the liquidity requirements determined under the rule,...more

10/25/2013 - Banks Basel III Federal Reserve Liquidity Coverage Ratio

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