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Antennas up, Employers: Are ALJs History?

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear "SCOTUS" we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which...more

2017 Resolutions for Community Banks: A Focus on Cybersecurity

In December 2016, Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, stated that cybersecurity was the single greatest systemic threat to our financial system. He was not being hyperbolic. Cybersecurity should be on...more

U.S. District Court Upholds CLO Risk Retention Rule

Investment managers that wish to manage newly formed CLOs will need to have sufficient capital to retain the risk they are required to retain under the Rule. On December 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

What Will Interest Rates Do in 2017?

Our good friends at HJ Sims Investments recently published their “Market Outlook” for 2017, which features some interesting speculation on where interest rates will go under a Trump Administration....more

OCC Addresses Concerns on Issuance of National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has proposed to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for full or special purpose national bank charters. In advance of the proposal's January 15, 2017,...more

Dodd-Frank and Other Laws Facing Indefinite Future in 2017

As 2017 begins, financial markets and the regulators that oversee them are facing significant uncertainty. When President-elect Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office on Jan. 20, all indications suggest that it will mark a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Regulators’ Christmas Gift to Banks: 18-Month Examination Cycle

Earlier this month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued final interagency rules which will reduce regulatory...more

US Federal Reserve Board Finalizes Revisions to Form FR Y-7 Filed by Foreign Banking Organizations

The US Federal Reserve Board published a notice in the Federal Register that it has finalized its proposed revisions to Form FR Y-7Q implementing the home country capital adequacy requirements prescribed in Sections...more

US Federal Reserve Board Releases Discussion Paper on Distributed Ledger Technology

In early December 2016, the US Federal Reserve Board’s Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs released a discussion paper entitled “Distributed Ledger Technology in Payments, Clearing, and Settlement.”...more

Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo Discusses Financial Regulation Since the Crisis

Federal Reserve Board Governor Tarullo gave a speech defending post-financial crisis efforts to strengthen regulation governing the financial system. Governor Tarullo also criticized recent Republican legislative regulatory...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to Grant Charters to Fintech Firms

The Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, announced that the OCC would commence considering applications from financial technology companies that offer bank products and services for a grant of a special purpose bank...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets - On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions...more

A Closer Look at the Final TLAC Rule’s Requirements for IHCs

On December 15, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued final rules requiring global systemically important banks (“G-SIBs”) in the United States, including bank holding...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Finalizes Dividend Rule

The US Federal Reserve Board issued a final rule, amending Regulation I to implement provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year bill that reauthorized, at then-current levels, the core...more

US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Rule Expanding Examination Cycle for Small Insured Depository Institutions and US Branches...

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board and Office of Comptroller of Currency issued interagency final rules that increase the number of small banks and savings associations eligible for an...more

US Federal Reserve Board Approves Technical Amendments to GSIB Surcharge Rule and Proposes Interim Reporting Rule

The US Federal Reserve announced the approval of technical amendments to its rule regarding risk-based capital surcharges for US-based global systemically important bank holding companies (GSIB surcharge rule), requiring...more

US Federal Reserve Board Issues Proposal to Apply Existing Rating System for Bank and Savings and Loan Holding Companies

The US Federal Reserve Board invited comment on a proposal to fully apply the Federal Reserve Board’s existing rating system for bank holding companies to savings and loan holding companies....more

US Federal Reserve Board Issues Statement of Policy Regarding Illiquid Fund Investments Under the Volcker Rule

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a statement of policy regarding how banking entities may seek an extension to conform their investments in certain illiquid hedge funds and private equity funds...more

Volcker Rule: FRB Issues Policy Statement on Extensions for Non-Conforming Legacy Illiquid Funds; Applications Due by Jan. 20,...

On December 9, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) issued a Statement of Policy (the “Policy Statement”) regarding extension of the conformance period for investments in legacy illiquid covered funds under the final...more

TLAC’s Back! Sifting Through the Federal Reserve’s Final TLAC Rule

On December 15, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued its final rules regarding total loss absorbing capacity (the “Final TLAC Rule”) requirements for global systemically...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Here’s what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups - The US Federal Reserve made headlines this week by raising its benchmark interest...more

We’re Entering TrumpWorld – The Fed to Raise Rates Today

As the Fed wraps up their last of its eight 2-day meetings this year it’s likely to raise its key short-term interest rate by 0.25% or 25 basis points. So, what’s motivating the Fed to raise the rate? A number of factors...more

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