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Observation 1.0.1 on the Volcker Rule: With Summer Comes the First Wave — Of Guidance

A set of frequently asked questions, developed jointly and adopted in substantively identical form by the federal banking agencies (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the...more

Additional Volcker Rule Guidance Addresses Some Low-Hanging Fruit

When the Volcker Rule was issued by the bank regulators in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (collectively, the Agencies) last December (the Final Rule), it...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Recent Developments Affecting Banking Entities, Funds and Securitization Vehicles

Following years of incubation, in December 2013, five U.S. regulatory agencies – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

"Latest Swiss Cross-Border Tax Investigation Reflects Wider US Enforcement Agenda"

Authorities in the U.S. continue to crack down on foreign financial institutions that have allegedly aided U.S. taxpayers in evading their tax obligations. On May 19, 2014, Credit Suisse AG pled guilty to conspiracy to aid...more

SEC and Banking Agencies Release Volcker Rule FAQs; OCC Issues Interim Volcker Rule Examination Procedures

The SEC, FRB, OCC and FDIC (collectively, the “Agencies”) recently issued FAQs regarding implementation of Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (the “Volcker Rule”). (The FAQs issued by each of the Agencies are...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of England Launches New Framework to Test for Cyber Vulnerabilities - On June 10, the Bank of England launched a new framework to help identify areas where the financial sector could be vulnerable to sophisticated...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

Do Dodd-Frank's Stress Testing Results Hold Hidden Risks?

While the recent Dodd-Frank stress test results of the nation's 30 biggest banks might seem reassuring, prudent policy makers and practitioners should be wary. Like airport security, many are asking, ‘‘Are we...more

New Social Media Guidance for Financial Institutions (Which Might Include You)

The latest extension of the social media puzzle involves financial institutions. But, banks are not the only financial institutions governed by the alphabet soup of regulatory organizations addressing financial services (the...more

Senate Banking Committee Leaders Seek Regulators’ Views On Virtual Currencies

On May 19, the Senate Banking Committee’s chairman and ranking member, Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), sent a letter to the leaders of the Treasury Department, the SEC, the CFTC, the OCC, the FDIC, and the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 10 • May 2014 (Global)

News from the Americas - High-speed trading. Bloomberg discussed US Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on high-speed trading. Former CFTC economist Andrei Kirilenko said that new books and records requirements and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Observation 1.3 On The Volcker Rule: What Fund Managers Need To Know About The Volcker Rule Impact On Client Bank Investors

On April 1, 2014, the final regulations implementing the “Volcker Rule” became effective. The regulations were jointly adopted on December 10, 2013 by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Office of...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 5 • March 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued one of its most important rule proposals in some time. Regulatory Notice 14-09 solicits comments on a proposed new regulatory...more

Margin Call: The Basics of the US Margin Regulations

Your issuer client is getting ready to launch a high-yield debt offering. When you get to the office and check your messages, you learn that your client has a couple of questions about the representation in the purchase...more

Private Fund Update - March 3, 2014

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

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The SEC And FRB

SEC releases Guidance Expanding Knowledgeable Employee Categories - On Thursday, February 6, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released guidance regarding who qualifies as a “knowledgeable...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

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Recommendations for Funds and Fund Advisers in Light of Reduced Market-Making...

The Division of Investment Management (“Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published guidance (“Guidance”) addressing steps that funds and fund advisers should consider in light of...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

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

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

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: The Volcker Rule: The Rising Appeal of Registered Investment Companies and BDCs

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

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