In a long awaited action, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a final rule on July 6 which addresses the FDIC's rights and powers as receiver of a nonviable systemic financial company under the orderly liquidation authority provisions of Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Chairman Sheila Bair, conducting her last meeting before leaving the agency, stated that, "A fair amount of the goal of the orderly liquidation authority is to convince investors in large financial institutions that their money is at risk if the institution fails." The final rule will adopt with certain changes the proposed rule set forth in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) approved by the FDIC's Board on March 15 and also will incorporate, with certain changes, the Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Board on January 18. Of particular interest is the so-called "claw-back" rule, which will allow the FDIC to recoup certain earnings of senior executives for mere negligence, as opposed to a higher standard of gross negligence. The final rule did not finalize the criteria for determining whether a company is predominantly engaged in activities that are financial in nature or incidental thereto, which will determine in part whether a company needs to write and submit for approval a "living will."
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