On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, SEC and CFTC (the “Agencies”) issued the long-awaited final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule generally prohibits banking entities — a broad term that includes banks, bank holding companies, foreign banks treated as bank holding companies, and their respective affiliates — from (i) engaging in proprietary trading and (ii) acquiring or retaining ownership interests in, or acting as sponsors to, certain hedge funds and private equity funds (“covered funds”). The Final Rule makes significant changes from the Proposed Rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2011 (the “Proposed Rule”), in response to the large number of comments received on the Proposed Rule. The Final Rule was accompanied by a lengthy preamble (the “Preamble”) providing additional commentary regarding the Final Rule.
The purpose of this Client Alert is to summarize certain impacts of the Final Rule on banking entities that engage in asset securitization activities as investors, sponsors or providers of credit or liquidity support.
Please see full Alert below for more information.
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