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OCC Seeks Public Comment on the Volcker Rule

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (the “Volcker Rule”) and its implementing regulations (the “Implementing Regulations”) generally prohibit banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

Federal Banking Agencies Announce No-action Position on Certain Foreign Excluded Funds Under the Volcker Rule

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and its implementing regulations (the “Volcker Rule”) generally prohibit a “banking entity” from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On June 8, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (the “CHOICE Act”) was passed on a party line vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, with nearly all Republicans voting in support and nearly all Democrats voting against...more

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On April 26, 2017, the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs." The purpose...more

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Procedures to Request an Extended Transition Period to Conform Illiquid Funds to the Volcker Rule

On December 9, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve Board”) issued SR 16-18, “Procedures for a Banking Entity to Request an Extended Transition Period for Illiquid Funds” (“SR 1618”). A...more

Federal Reserve Officially Extends Volcker Rule Conformance Period with Respect to “Legacy Covered Funds” to July 21, 2017

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), consistent with its previously announced intention, extended the conformance period with respect to investments in and relationships with covered funds...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Revisions to Form FR Y-7Q to Incorporate Capital Adequacy Standard Reporting Requirements for Foreign...

On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) proposed a revision to Form FR Y-7Q to incorporate the capital adequacy standard reporting requirements for foreign banking...more

Agencies Issue Guidance on Capital Deduction Requirement under the Volcker Rule for Investments in Collateralized Debt Obligations...

On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Volcker Inter-Agency Group posted a new frequently asked question (FAQ 21), clarifying the capital deduction requirement under the Volcker Rule for investments in Qualifying TruPS CDOs. FAQ 21...more

Narrowing of Licensing Exemption Under California Finance Lenders Law for Consumer Lenders and Brokers

The California Department of Business Oversight (the “CDBO”) has issued a new regulation that will eliminate a statutory licensing exemption under the California Finance Lenders Law (the “CFLL”) for nonbank operating...more

Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

Agencies Issue Guidance for Foreign Banking Entities on the Application of the Marketing Restriction for the Volcker Rule’s SOTUS...

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Volcker Inter-Agency Group posted a new frequently asked question (FAQ 13), clarifying the scope of the so-called “marketing restriction” under the SOTUS covered fund exemption. The SOTUS...more

Federal Reserve Issues Guidance on Implementation Plans and Other Enhanced Prudential Standards for Foreign Banking Organizations

On June 26, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (“Board”) published on its website responses to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) relating to enhanced prudential standards under Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its...more

Proposed Narrowing of Licensing Exemption under California Finance Lenders Law

The California Department of Business Oversight (“CDBO”) has proposed to narrow a long-standing interpretation of a statutory licensing exemption for certain lenders under the California Finance Lenders Law (“CFLL”)1. The...more

Summary of Final Rule Imposing Enhanced Prudential Standards on FBOs

Last week, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) issued its long-awaited final enhanced prudential rule (Regulation YY) under Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Final Rule”) for bank holding companies and foreign...more

The Volcker Rule and Capital Markets Offerings

Final regulations under the section of the Dodd-Frank Act known as the “Volcker Rule” were enacted in December 2013 (the “Final Rule”) by five federal financial regulatory agencies (collectively, the “Agencies”). The Volcker...more

The Volcker Rule: Impact of the Final Rule on Foreign Banking Organizations

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, SEC, and CFTC (the “Agencies”) issued the long-awaited final rule (“Final Rule”) construing the Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule generally prohibits banking entities — a...more

Dodd-Frank Implementation: Navigating the Road Ahead

Table of Contents: Introduction; Financial Stability Reform; Resolution Planning; Agencies and Agency Oversight Reform; Securitization Reform; Derivatives Regulation; Investor Protection Reform; Credit Rating Agency...more

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