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

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...more

"Federal Regulator Signals Willingness to Grant National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies"

On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced its willingness to entertain applications from financial technology (fintech) companies for special purpose national bank charters. In recent...more

"Bank Shareholders Step Up Activist Efforts as M&A Activity Picks Up"

Bank management teams and boards of directors have made shareholder activism a key area of focus in light of significant activity in 2015. With the bank M&A market showing signs of life, the most basic end-game of investor...more

"Insights Conversations: Update on Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Two years ago, the U.S. banking industry was a rare exception to the trend of increased shareholder activism that was prevalent across industries. At the time, Skadden partners Brian Christiansen, David Ingles, Sven Mickisch...more

"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

"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

"European Central Bank Publishes Final List of 'Significant Supervised Entities' in Preparation for Banking Union"

On 4 September 2014, the EU’s European Central Bank (ECB) published its final list of significant supervised entities and less significant institutions for the purposes of the Eurozone’s single supervisory mechanism (SSM),...more

"EU Banking Union: Political Agreement Reached on Single Resolution Mechanism"

On March 20, 2014, the European Parliament announced that it had reached political agreement with the European Council on the regulation implementing a single resolution mechanism (SRM), which is an essential element of the...more

"UK Banking Regulators and Foreign Banks: A Vision of Future Supervision"

The U.K.’s banking regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently published a consultation paper on its approach to supervising international banks (the Draft Supervisory Approach). ...more

"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

"The EU Banking Union: Will the New Regulatory Framework Restore Confidence in European Banking?"

The European Union is implementing a single bank regulatory framework (Banking Union) that will formally cover banks headquartered either in a eurozone country or in a participating non-eurozone EU country. The U.K., Sweden...more

"European Union Banking Reform Update"

By the end of this year, the European Commission will present its legislative proposals for EU banking structural reform. Once the proposals are implemented, EU banks will have to separate their “investment” business from...more

"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

"Specialty Finance Mergers and Acquisitions: Developments and Considerations"

In a rapidly evolving financial services landscape, mergers and acquisitions activity in the specialty finance sector was robust in 2012 and early 2013, and the pipeline for transactions in this space continues to be strong....more

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