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Federal Reserve Board Announces Volcker CLO Conformance Period Extension

On April 7, the Federal Reserve Board issued a statement that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in, and sponsorship of,...more

The Volcker Rule’s Trojan Horse for Smaller Banking Entities

The final rules recently enacted to implement the Volcker Rule (‘‘the Final Rules’’) impose on the largest banking entities a highly detailed and complex compliance regime. As to those so-called ‘‘less active banking...more

CLOs under the Volcker Rule: New Exemptions, New Issues, New Obligations – Part I

Befitting the holiday season the regulators recently decided to bestow upon us all the much anticipated (dreaded?) Volcker Rule. At 1100 pages of truly riveting reading material, Volcker has certainly given all of us plenty...more

"Entering a New Regulatory Era Under the Final Volcker Rule"

In December 2013, five U.S. financial regulatory agencies adopted final regulations to implement the Volcker Rule. As expressed in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Volcker Rule generally...more

Dodd-Frank: The Volcker Vortex

In its simplest form, the Dodd-Frank Act's Volcker Rule prohibits U.S. bank holding companies and their affiliates from engaging in "proprietary trading" and from sponsoring hedge funds and private equity funds. While the...more

Regulators Alter Volcker Rule On TruPS CDOs

On January 14, the Federal Reserve Board, the CFTC, the SEC, the OCC, and the FDIC issued an interim final rule to permit banking entities to retain interests in certain collateralized debt obligations backed primarily by...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Private Fund Update - January 22, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - The Administration - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Agencies Approve Interim Final Rules Exempting Certain Interests from the Volcker Rule - On Thursday, January 14, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 3

In this issue: - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct -...more

Community Bank TruPS CDOs Exempted from the Volcker Rule

Interim final rule exempts collateralized debt obligation vehicles that hold qualifying community bank trust preferred securities from the private fund sponsorship and investment prohibitions....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 17, 2014)

The high profile insider trading trial of Matthew Martoma moved forward in New York this week with testimony on behalf of the prosecution. The SEC and four other agencies joined in granting relief from a provision of the...more

Observation 1.2 On The Volcker Rule: Foreign Banking Entities – Location, Location, Location

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

Special Edition: Volcker Rule: Proprietary Trading Restrictions Under the Final Volcker Rule

Since the release of the proposed rule to implement the Volcker Rule (the Proposed Rule) more than two years ago, participants in the financial services industry have continued to express concern about the burden of complying...more

Five Federal Agencies Adopt Interim Rule Providing Relief from the Volcker Rule with Respect to Collateralized Debt Obligations...

The Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, the SEC and the CFTC (collectively, the “Agencies”) adopted an interim final rule (the “Interim Rule”) that provides relief from certain requirements of the Volcker rule for...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

Federal Agencies Issue Statement On Subjecting TruPS CDOs To Volcker Rule

On December 27, in response to substantial criticism and legal action by banking trade groups, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, and the SEC stated that they are reviewing whether it is appropriate and consistent...more

Agencies Appear to Signal Retreat on CDO TruPS Issue

In the wake of the American Bankers Association’s lawsuit challenging the Volcker Rule’s treatment of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS), the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Three Agencies Issue FAQ Regarding CDOs Backed by Trust Preferred Securities Under the Volcker Rule

On December 19, Fed, FDIC and OCC issued Frequently Asked Questions to clarify rules applicable to investments in covered funds and whether collateralized debt obligations backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs)...more

Controversy over the Volcker Rule and Trust-Preferred CDOs

The banking industry’s recent challenge to the newly promulgated Volcker Rule focuses on collateralized debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities (TruPS CDOs). Even though TruPS CDOs do not represent the kind of...more

Federal Agencies Reviewing Treatment under Volcker Rule of Collateralized Debt Obligations Backed by TruPS

On December 27, 2013, the FRB, FDIC, OCC and SEC (the “Agencies”) jointly issued a statement which advised financial institutions that the Agencies were reviewing, in response to concerns expressed by community banks and...more

Banking Agencies Issue FAQ Document Regarding CDOs Backed by TruPS Under the Volcker Rule

On December 19, three federal financial institution regulatory agencies (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

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