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And Then There Was One: US FSOC Rescinds AIG’s SIFI Designation

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on September 29, 2017 issued a determination rescinding its prior designation of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) as a systemically important financial institution...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Proposed Changes to Bank Board Expectations

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (FRB) on August 3, 2017 issued a notice inviting comment regarding Proposed Guidance on Supervisory Expectations for Boards of Directors (Proposal). The Proposal applies to boards...more

Certain Companies that May be Subject to FDIC Orderly Liquidation Authority under Dodd-Frank are Now Subject to Qualified...

Companies that the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) believes may be subject to FDIC receivership under the Orderly Liquidation Authority contained in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act, and certain of their...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Activities-Based Recommendations for the Global Asset Management Industry

The FSB continues to plan to revisit whether there are residual entity-specific sources of systemic risk that cannot be addressed effectively by market-wide activities-based policies that would support global systemically...more

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds SEC’s Process for Designating Administrative Law Judges to be Defective, Causing Split with...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on December 27, 2016, in Bandimere v. SEC, found the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to hear its administrative...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Will Offer Limited Purpose National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

The Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, announced on December 2, 2016, that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) intends to move forward with issuing limited purpose national bank charters to financial...more

The New Future of US Banking and Financial Services Regulation

The presidential election has opened the possibility of significant changes to the Dodd-Frank Act regime that has been implemented over the last six years. It remains to be seen what plans the incoming administration will...more

An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump: Seven Financial Services Regulation Priorities

Dechert partner Thomas P. Vartanian published an article entitled, "Open Letter to Trump: Weigh the Costs of Regulation," in the November 11 issue of the American Banker. While noting that it is undisputed that federally...more

Court of Appeals Says CFPB Is Unconstitutional; Rejects Agency Effort to Apply New Interpretation of Law Retroactively

The courts are now reacting to what some view as regulatory overreach flowing from U.S. laws enacted in the wake of the financial crisis. The most recent example is the October 11, 2016 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Implications of the 2016 Election for Banks, Systemically Important Financial Institutions and Their Investors

Campaign promises rarely turn into specific actions, but when they do, they are necessarily impacted by the dynamics of the legislative process. History suggests, however, that the policies of candidates can be a predictor of...more

US Federal Reserve Board Begins the Process of Regulating Insurance Companies

Nearly six years after the adoption of Dodd-Frank’s Title I, which provides for the regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) of non-bank financial companies – such as insurance companies,...more

FSB Issues Proposed Activities-Based Financial Stability Recommendations for the Global Asset Management Industry

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 released its third Consultative Document relating to the regulation and oversight...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: What Fund Investors Should Know About US Bank Control Rules

Many private equity, hedge and mutual funds constantly have to confront the complex control rules that may impact even the smallest of investments in banks or bank holding companies (BHCs). The issue may be as simple as...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Proposed Recommendations to Address Perceived Structural Vulnerabilities in the Asset Management...

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which was established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 issued proposed specific recommendations to address certain perceived threats that the asset...more

MetLife Opinion Turns the Tables on FSOC: Back to the Drawing Board

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer recently released her opinion invalidating the decision of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC or the Council) to designate MetLife a systemically important financial...more

Federal Reserve Goes After Anti-Takeover and Shareholder Protection Tools

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board (FRB) has become sensitized to safety and soundness concerns relating to shareholder protection arrangements. These arrangements are generally designed to protect existing shareholders of bank...more

SEC and FDIC Propose Dodd-Frank Broker-Dealer Resolution Rules

Troubled financial institutions, some with substantial broker dealer operations, played a prominent role in the 2008 financial crisis. In an effort to protect the financial system from serious threats posed by significant...more

U.S. District Court Overturns FSOC Designation of MetLife as a Systemically Important Financial Institution

On March 29, 2016, MetLife scored a victory as Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidated the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) designation of MetLife as a...more

U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency Acts to Prohibit Federal Home Loan Bank Membership by Captive Insurance Companies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or Agency) on January 12, 2016 finalized a portion of the proposed rule that it had issued on September 12, 2014 redrawing the criteria for Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) membership....more

Asset Management Industry: Financial Stability Update, Fall 2015

As U.S. and global regulators continue to evaluate the potential impact, if any, of the asset management industry and its products and activities on financial stability, the regulatory standards that will ultimately be...more

US Treasury Eyes Online Marketplace Lending

In an interesting and unusual development, the Treasury Department has issued a notice seeking public input on the online marketplace lending business for small businesses and consumers (“Notice”), setting forth 14 questions...more

Volcker Agencies Provide Guidance Regarding Treatment of Registered Funds and Foreign Public Funds During Their Seeding Period

As the general July 21, 2015 deadline approached to conform with the implementing regulations (Final Rules) for the Volcker Rule, a key issue remained with respect to the sponsoring, organizing and seeding of investment...more

BNA INSIGHTS: Enforcement Actions Decline But Fines Hit Historic Highs in 2014

During 2014, the number of enforcement actions brought by federal banking agencies1 continued a downward trend that began in 2011. Federal banking agencies issued 661 formal enforcement actions, representing more than a 55...more

U.S. FSOC Proposes Qualified Financial Contract Rules and Creates a New Challenge for Large Financial Companies that are not SIFIs

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) proposed regulations (Rule) on January 7, 2015, which create a new challenge for all nonbank financial companies with assets of $50 billion or more. While the four companies...more

FSB/IOSCO Issue Second Proposal on G-SIFI Designation Methodology for Investment Funds and Asset Managers

On March 4, 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a second Consultation (PDF) addressing the potential designation of investment funds and asset...more

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