Category Archives: Statements and Press Releases

News Release: Regulators Should Block Proposed Capital One-Discover Merger

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The proposed Capital One purchase of Discover Financial Services threatens to raise credit card prices for consumers and further constrain credit access for communities around the country. Banking regulators and antitrust authorities must closely scrutinize this megamerger for the anticompetitive and anticonsumer impacts that would certainly justify blocking this takeover. 

News Release: Changes to Disclosures Will Increase Visibility in some Private Fund Activities

Washington, D.C. – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) expansions to the information collected by private funds over Form PF and Form CPO will provide both the agencies and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) with greater visibility and early warning signs into portions of the $21 trillion private fund industry. 

News Release: Researchers Unveil Searchable Database of Top Private Equity Energy Portfolios

Washington, D.C. – Private Equity Climate Risks is launching the Private Equity Energy Tracker, the first-of-its-kind, searchable portal that provides a catalog of the energy holdings of eight of the top North American private equity firms: KKR, The Carlyle Group (NGP), Brookfield (Oaktree Capital), The Blackstone Group, TPG Capital, Warburg Pincus, Apollo Global Management, and Ares Management. Collectively, they hold around $4.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM). 

News Release: 82 Democratic Members of Congress Urge Biden to Name Postal Board Nominees to “Protect and Expand” a Public USPS, endorsed by 36 public-interest groups

Washington, D.C. – Eighty-two Democratic members of the House of Representatives signed a letter sent to President Biden today urging him to swiftly nominate two new public-service-minded members to the USPS Board of Governors. Thirty-six public interest groups, including Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, Main Street Alliance, Revolving Door Project, Social Security Works, and Voter Action Project, endorsed the letter.

News Release: OCC’s Modest Merger Proposal Falls Far Short

Washington, D.C. – The minor changes proposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to the bank merger review process fail to grapple with the harms of consolidation and are no substitute for a thorough rethinking of merger guidelines that have remained unchanged for the last three decades.

In The News: Proposed $350B Federal Reinsurance Program Draws Scrutiny (Law630)

“The math isn’t mathing when it comes to property losses driven by climate change,” Caroline Nagy, senior policy counsel with the progressive group Americans for Financial Reform, said in an interview. “There’s a very good argument to be made that damage caused by climate change is an area where we need the government to take a role.”