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The Volcker Rule—A Suggested Approach for Banking Entities When Analyzing its Impact on Business Models, Activities and...

More than three years following the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, and intense inter-agency negotiations, the federal financial regulatory agencies collectively adopted the final version of the “Volcker Rule,” or “Rule”—which...more

“Interim Final” Volcker Rule Approved

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

Volcker Rule Agencies Issue Interim Final Rule Exempting TruPS-backed CDOs

Last week, the five agencies that jointly issued the final regulation implementing the Volcker Rule (the Final Rule) in December issued an interim final rule (the Interim Rule) that exempts collateralized debt obligations...more

Open for Business: SEFs Navigate the New Regulatory Environment  [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Compliance Requirements

Background on the Final Rule - On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

Proprietary Trading Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

CFTC Issues Guidance on Block Trade and Large Notional Off-Facility Swap Rules; Advisers Must Obtain Consents

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has issued final rules (“Final Rules”) setting minimum block trade sizes for different types of CFTC regulated swaps that are permitted to be executed off-facility and...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Acts to Expand Its Authority Over Nonbank Consumer Financial Services Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Bureau”), pursuant to its authority to extend its supervision to persons that offer or provide any consumer financial product or service that poses a risk to consumers, has adopted a...more

SEC Adopts Retail Foreign Exchange Rule in Order to Prevent Dodd-Frank Amendment from Disrupting the Retail Forex Markets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 11, 2013 adopted Rule 15b12-1 (“Final Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (“Exchange Act”) in order to allow market participants to continue...more

Law Firm Verification Of Accredited Investor Status

The SEC suggests in its final rules eliminating the ban on general solicitation that law firms may be in a position to verify accredited investor status for issuers conducting Rule 506(c) offerings. ...more

CFPB Finalizes Procedures for Supervising Nonbanks Engaged in Risky Conduct

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has adopted a final rule setting forth the procedures it will use to supervise nonbanks engaged in conduct that poses risk to consumers....more

Update On ISDA Protocols

We previously noted certain matters that needed to be completed by May 1, 2013 for those entities engaged in derivatives transactions to allow swap dealers to comply with the CFTC’s External Business Conduct Rule. ...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- May 20‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The conflation of three scandals clearly tainted President Obama...more

CFPB proposes delay in effective date of Reg Z prohibition on financing credit insurance premiums

The CFPB has issued a proposal to temporarily delay the June 1, 2013 effective date of the Regulation Z prohibition on financing credit insurance premiums (Section 1026.36(i)). The proposal responds to concerns raised by...more

SEC and CFTC Issue Final Joint Rules on “Red Flags” Compliance

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity and Futures Trade Commission (“CFTC”) (together, the “Commissions”) have issued final joint rules and guidelines that require certain entities regulated by the...more

Federal Reserve Adopts Retail Forex Rules

Standards for banking organizations regulated by the Federal Reserve for Retail Forex are generally comparable to rules adopted by other regulators. ...more

Pay Attention: Final Rules on Loan Originator Compensation

January, 2013, was a watershed month for mortgage standards after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the long-awaited final rules on ability to repay, qualified mortgages, mortgage servicing, and appraisal...more

Fed Approves Rule Defining When A Company Is “Predominantly Engaged In Financial Activities”

The Federal Reserve Board has approved a final rule that establishes the requirements for determining when a company is “predominantly engaged in financial activities.” The requirements will be used by the Financial Stability...more

HUD Final Rule on Disparate Impact under the Fair Housing Act

On February 8, 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD” or the “Department”) finalized its controversial discriminatory effects rule (the “final rule” or “discriminatory effects rule”), thus formalizing...more

The Impact Of The CFPB’s Appraisal Rule

On January 18, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule (the Appraisal Rule) implementing an amendment to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) that revises Regulation B’s provisions...more

CFPB establishes when a final rule is “issued”

The CFPB has published a final procedural rule that addresses what constitutes official issuance of a CFPB final rule. The procedural rule establishes that the CFPB’s final rules, including interim final rules, are deemed...more

Swap Definitions Rules Finalized by the SEC and the CFTC under Dodd-Frank

Introduction - On July 18, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC” and, together with the SEC, the “Commissions”) jointly published several final rules...more

CFTC, SEC Finalize Swap Product Definitions

I. Introduction - On July 9 and 10, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, the “Commissions”) approved joint final rules and interpretations (the “Swap...more

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