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Mid-2015 Mortgage Crisis Update – The Repurchase Demands Continue

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aggressively demanded Wall Street and big bank aggregators (“aggregators”) repurchase millions of defaulted and distressed loans, due to purported breaches...more

Richmond Fed Cites Regulation As Barrier for New Bank Entry

On March 5, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond released an essay highlighting the decline in the formation of new banks since the financial crisis....more

"Europe's New Toolbox Aims to Minimize Impact of Troubled Banks"

Europe's latest legislative response to the recent financial crisis — the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) — is intended to establish a minimum common toolbox for regulators in each member state to address bank...more

A special report on the Nigerian banking system: The ripple effects of Lehman - A tale of sin and redemption?

This article focuses on the banking sector crisis which engulfed the Nigerian financial sector from 2008 to 2011, and the steps taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in restoring financial stability. We discuss the...more

New ISDA Protocol Will Limit Buy-Side Remedies in a Financial Institution Failure

The ISDA 2014 Resolution Stay Protocol, published on November 12, 2014, by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), represents a significant shift in the terms of the over-the-counter derivatives...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 101 - The Basics of the CFPB

Let’s begin—honestly—by acknowledging that the very words, “the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” tend to make our eyes glaze over, whether you’re a supporter or opponent of the CFPB’s cause or work for an institution...more

The Continuing European Banking Crisis and Hidden Capital Shortfalls

Who says that Europeans don’t get Halloween? After more than a year in the making, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) just finished its most recent stress test and found that pretty much everything was kinda OK. Sure, a few...more

Bank Directors, Officers Win Dismissal of FDIC Suit

Almost all cases brought by the FDIC in the last few years against former directors and officers of failed banks have been resolved by negotiated settlements. However, in a recent decision, a federal court judge in North...more

Basel III Framework: Liquidity Coverage Ratio (US Implementation)

The three US bank regulatory agencies issued a final regulation implementing the Basel III Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) which requires banking organizations to maintain a minimum amount of liquid assets in order to meet...more

Dodd-Frank’s New Deputies of Federal Consumer Financial Laws—States

In the wake of the Financial Crisis, the federal government has invigorated its civil fraud enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice has dominated the headlines in this area with a series of significant lawsuits and...more

Avoid the “Insolvency Exclusion” Trap in E&O Policies: Tennessee Federal Court Confirms That Insolvency Exclusion Does Not Apply...

As the wave of litigation spawned by the 2008 financial crisis begins to ebb, insurance-coverage litigation arising out of the credit crisis continues unabated. Financial institutions have successfully pursued insurance...more

Georgia Supreme Court: Business Judgment Rule Valid, But Bank Officers Can Still Be Liable

In the context of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) litigation against the former directors and officers of a failed bank, the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the business judgment rule in the...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

Basel Committee Issues Revised Guidelines Concerning External Audits of Banks

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee”) of the Bank for International Settlements issued a revised set of guidelines (the “Guidelines”) concerning the external audits of banks. The Basel Committee...more

Time for Regulatory Reset

It’s still in the early days of 2014. I think it’s finally stopped snowing in the East, the sun has come out and the stock market is continuing to outperform the woe purveyors. Republicans and Democrats have gotten...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

‘Heightened Standards’ For Large Banks: OCC Proposed Guidelines

On January 16, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a proposal seeking comment on guidelines that would establish minimum standards of governance, risk management and board independence for...more

Which way forward for the sovereign debt crisis? Six thought leaders in sovereign debt restructuring share their observations of...

A crisis far beyond anything experienced in recent memory - The way in which regulators, investors, banks and governments respond to the current sovereign debt challenges will echo for many years. Decisions made today...more

Summary of the Volcker Rule

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

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations -...more

Limited Defenses Available Against FDIC As Receiver

As of August 2013, since the fallout from the recent financial crisis, the FDIC as receiver for failed banks has brought suit against former directors and officers of 76 failed institutions. These lawsuits are based on...more

DiRienzo v. Lichtenstein, et al., C.A. No. 7094-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this lengthy memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims relating to a series of complex transactions in which a hedge fund, previously organized as a private limited partnership, was converted by its...more

Barofsky and Bair on Banks and Bailouts*

As the United States continues to pull itself out of the credit crisis, these two books shed light on the Washington infighting behind the government's response to the crisis and, more broadly, the shape of financial...more

Copy of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2013

Full text copy of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2013, introduced in the US Senate on July 11, 2013 by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME). From Senator...more

More Leverage for the Unleveraged—Basel Committee Proposes Specific Leverage Capital Framework for Banking Organizations

On June 26, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“Basel Committee”) published a Consultative Document that proposes specific leverage capital requirements, and related disclosure requirements (the “Proposal”), that...more

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