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TLAC, and Then Some… A Preliminary Assessment of the Federal Reserve Board’s NPR

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Board”) reaffirmed its commitment to both the bank holding company model and single point of entry resolution. In a departure from historical views of the purpose and...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

Fed Approves Rule Requiring Largest Banks To Further Strengthen Capital

The Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule requiring the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies to further strengthen their capital positions. Under the rule, a firm that is identified as a...more

The Federal Reserve Finalizes Capital Surcharge for Global Systemically Important Banks

Today, the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) establishing an additional risk-based capital surcharge...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

"New Provisions Require Structural Change for Foreign Banking Organizations"

The Enhanced Prudential Standards (Regulation YY) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System represent a significant shift in the U.S. regulation of foreign banking organizations (FBOs). In general, Regulation...more

House Takes Action to Delay Volcker Rule

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would further delay the full implementation of the Volcker Rule – a highly controversial rule introduced under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that...more

Observation 2.0: The Anti-Evasion Provision of the Volcker Rule

Overview This Client Alert continues Pepper’s observations on the Volcker Rule. Critical attention should be paid to the Volcker Rule’s anti-evasion provision, a powerful tool granted by Congress to the regulatory agencies to...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #3

Amendment to Swaps Push-out Provision of Dodd-Frank: Section 630 of the recently passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill” – see p. 249) amends Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at Federal Agencies

The Federal Reserve Board Issues Financial Sector Concentration Limit Rule - On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") issued a final rule that establishes a financial sector concentration...more

Can Undue Concentration in Financial Companies Threaten Market Stability? New Federal Reserve Merger and Acquisition Regulation...

The new year will bring new restrictions on banks and certain large financial institutions, as the Federal Reserve Board issued a final rule prohibiting financial companies from merging if the ratio of the resulting entity’s...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at Federal Agencies

The Federal Reserve Board Amends Stress Test Rules - On Friday, October 17, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") issued a final rule modifying the regulations for capital planning and stress testing and...more

Are You Fully Liquid? Liquidity Coverage Ratio Approved by Federal Reserve Board

We all know that liquids are both good and bad. We are supposed to drink on average eight glasses of water a day for good health. However, too much alcoholic intake will get us into trouble with the law. Now, the larger...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 14 • July 24, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Monday of this week was the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Like all anniversaries, it is a time for looking back. As would...more

Fed Seeks Public Comment on Financial Holding Company Physical Commodities Activities

An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued in mid-January by the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) seeks public comment on the scope of permissible physical commodities activities. Such activities have been under...more

Fed Final Rule on Supervision and Regulation of Bank Holding Companies and Foreign Banks

On February 18, the Fed issued a final rule which establishes enhanced supervision standards for large U.S. bank holding companies and foreign banking organizations, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule will be...more

Federal Reserve Approves Final Rule Regulating Bank Holding Companies and Foreign Banking Organizations

On February 18, the Federal Reserve Board (Federal Reserve) approved a Final Rule to enhance supervision over the largest US bank holding companies (BHCs) and the largest foreign banking organizations (FBOs) with operations...more

Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown Part II: Getting Ready

As discussed in Part I of our Client Alert, “Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown,” dated August 22, 2013, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is studying the application of the key...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 8

In this issue: - OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks - SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312 - SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined...more

Observation 1.1 On The Volcker Rule: Community Banks – Size Does Matter

On December 10, 2013, after more than three years of intensive development, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Volcker Rule: An Overview and Highlights Of Certain Key Provisions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively,...more

FDIC Board Releases Single Point of Entry Resolution Strategy for Public Comment

On December 18, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) published a widely anticipated notice in the Federal Register (the “Notice”) setting forth the FDIC’s single point of entry...more

CLOs Under the Volcker Rule: New Exemptions, New Issues, New Obligations

Under the final version of the Volcker Rule issued this week, issuers and sponsors of new CLO issuances should consider structuring CLOs to conform to the exclusions contained in the rule, and banks and bank affiliates that...more

“Volcker Rule” Regulations Finally See The Light Of Day

Federal financial regulators on December 10, 2013 released final regulations for the Volcker Rule, which is a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The rule is found in section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which adds a new...more

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