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Third Way's Matt Bennett: what's next for Biden?

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Erin Caddell
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In-conversation with Matt Bennett, Executive VP for Policy, Third Way; and Erin Caddell, President, Global Counsel USA, discussing the current US political and policy landscape, and the outlook for the fall legislative season and beyond.

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Rapid Afghan collapse pierces Biden’s pledge of competence, threatening ambitious domestic agenda

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Erin Caddell
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The scenes last week of hundreds of Afghan people converging on Kabul airport attempting to escape a nation rapidly falling into the hands of the Taliban has sparked comparisons to the fall of Saigon in 1975 at the end of America’s involvement in Vietnam - an ignominious end to a protracted US military action in a faraway land. But while the implications of the bungled US…

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Summer archive: An "On the ground" view of managing covid-19

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Erin Caddell
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This summer, we are revisiting episodes from the Global Counsel podcast archive, looking at what they can tell us about topical developments in public policy and regulation ahead of the autumn. From COP26 to the education system in the US, the GC team offers timeless insight into global and national trends to look out for across sectors and around the world.

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Assessing the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency

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Erin Caddell
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On call for the Global Counsel network, Erin Caddell, President of GC USA, Chris Rinkus, Practice Lead for US Political Due Diligence, and Miranda Lutz, Senior Associate, unpack the first 100 days of Joe Biden's presidency.

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Instagram 2.0? Microsoft offer for social media start-up Discord would present an early challenge for Biden’s trustbusters

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Erin Caddell
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The headline is so common in the supercharged market for emerging technology firms that it seems almost commonplace, though still amazing in the grand arc of history: A five-year old Silicon Valley social media start-up, having doubled its active monthly user base to more than 100m global users in just a year, is in exclusive talks to be acquired by a well-established,…

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Gensler’s SEC will seek a bigger toolbox to confront the GameStop craze… and whatever may come next

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Erin Caddell
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Debit Balances in US Securities Margin Accounts ($ in millions)

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The progressives strike back: Biden nominates FTC Commissioner as CFBP Director

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Erin Caddell
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This week US President Joe Biden nominated Rohit Chopra, currently a Democratic commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission, as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the lead US consumer-finance regulator, heralding a more activist period for the CFPB following the more business-friendly approach of the Trump era. Kathleen Kraninger, the Trump…

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New US consumer debt collection regulations are a boon for larger players

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Erin Caddell
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Unnoticed by most amidst the tragedies and dramas of 2020, US regulators last month completed a years-long effort to update the rules surrounding the unglamorous but important function of collecting delinquent consumer debt. Effective November 2021, the new rules are a positive for larger US-based debt-collection firms, which buy or service non-performing loan portfolios…

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As Biden’s cabinet takes shape, Yellen’s appointment as Treasury Secretary emphasises stability over ideology

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Erin Caddell
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With President-elect Joe Biden’s transition officially underway following the certification of voting results in several key battleground states, Biden has shifted his focus to naming his Cabinet and other key advisors for his administration. Biden’s appointments can serve as barometer as to how he will balance the progressive and moderate wings of his party. Given the…

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US Election: A tight race and no landslide for Biden and Dems tempers progressive agenda both domestically and abroad

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Erin Caddell
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Whatever the outcome of America’s election – which for both the presidency and Senate remained too close to call as of early Wednesday morning in the US – the blowout victory that Democrats were hoping for did not materialise. This has implications for both US domestic and foreign policy regardless of the final outcome. Both are likely to be more moderate and more…

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Biden proposal would shake up US consumer credit-reporting industry

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Erin Caddell
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Politicians are often rightfully accused of speaking in generalities, or of not being consistent in the plans they put forth. But in at least one narrow aspect of financial services policy, US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is neither. On three separate occasions in recent months, Biden’s campaign has pledged to establish a government-financed and -operated…

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Not dead, just hibernating: Bond-rating reform could be revived after November

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Erin Caddell
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The once-vigorous debate around the bond-ratings agencies has faded along with memories of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. In the crisis’ aftermath, many critics focused on the role the giant credit rating agencies (CRAs) Standard & Poor’s (a unit of S&P Global, ticker SPGI) and Moody’s (ticker MCO) played in failing to anticipate the rapid deterioration…

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US policy update: The Biden/Harris ticket and what it means for the US election

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Joe Palombo
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This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the tenth conversation in the series, which unpacked yesterday’s long-awaited announcement that US…

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US policy update: Biden’s economic nationalism and the Democratic party’s “unity” agenda

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Joe Palombo
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This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the ninth conversation in the series, which unpacked two key policy developments - Joe Biden’s…

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An "On the ground" view of managing covid-19 with UNC Health

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Erin Caddell
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Director Erin Caddell sits down with Alex Collins, Strategy Consultant at UNC Health Care (North Carolina’s largest health system), for a perspective on the impact of covid-19 on public health practices in North Carolina, and an outlook for recovery in the state given the recent uptick in cases there and in a number of other US states.

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US policy update: The US presidential race and what to expect for financial services

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Joe Palombo
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This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the seventh conversation in the series, which explored the impact of the widespread US protests…

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What can covid-19 teach us about strengthening the US education system?

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Erin Caddell
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A conversation with from a recent digital event with Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute exploring the challenges faced by the US education system and potential measures to mitigate them.

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US policy update: What to make of US protests and the record May jobs report?

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Joe Palombo
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This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the seventh conversation in the series, which explored the impact of the widespread US protests…

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