ESG Developments

Patomak’s Jamila Piracci and Ted Serafini highlight a few of the key themes from some of the comment letters that stakeholders have filed with the SEC in response to the March 2021 request for public input on the Commission’s existing climate change disclosure requirements and potential future changes to those requirements. They also provides additional considerations for how interested parties are likely to continue the dialogue with the Commission and its staff during the rulemaking process.

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What Will Be the Impact of China’s State-Sponsored Digital Currency?

In April 2020, electronic Chinese yuan (e-CNY) pilot programs launched in four cities. The digital currency’s debut was the culmination of a six-year journey that began when China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), announced its research into a “Digital Currency/Electronic Payment” system in 2014. Today, although many critical details of the payment system remain opaque or undecided, e-CNY pilots are rapidly accelerating in scope and size.

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Digital Currencies’ Role in Facilitating Ransomware Attacks: A Brief Explainer

Patomak’s Kristine Johnson co-authored a paper for Third Way that details how Bitcoin—the most popular digital currency—is used to facilitate ransomware attacks and how criminals try—and sometimes fail—to cover their tracks. Understanding how criminals use digital currencies for ransomware attacks can lead policymakers to solutions in thwarting and enforcing cybercrimes.

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EU Exports ESG to the US

As widely reported, the newly confirmed Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission), Gary Gensler, is expected to put forth proposals around disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, beginning with climate risk disclosure. While the U.S. is in the early stages of its ESG journey, the European Union (EU) is much further along.

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