SEC’s Regulatory Agenda Reflects Democratic Priorities | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


On Friday, June 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rolled out an ambitious rulemaking agenda, reflecting Chair Gary Gensler’s promises to prioritize environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues; respond to recent market events and trends; revisit Trump-era rulemakings; and fulfill the agency’s statutory mandates. These rules stand to have wide-ranging effects on public companies, impacting everything from how public companies account for their climate risks to the use of gamification and payment-for-order flow by online brokers and the ability of companies to go public through Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs).

The Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions is published semiannually and encompasses the regulatory plans of approximately 60 federal departments, agencies and commissions.

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Notably absent from the SEC’s agenda is any action regarding the $2 trillion market for…

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