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OCC & Federal Reserve Report and Proposed Rules - Limitation on Banks Dealing & Investing in Metals and other Physical Commodities

On September 8, 2016, as required by Section 620 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) and the Federal Deposit...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Federal Reserve Board Seeks New Limits on Bank Activities in Physical Commodities

As a result of both legislative mandates as well as Congressional and public concern, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has been examining whether to impose new restrictions on the activities of...more

The Federal Reserve’s Proposed Rollback of Physical Commodities Authority for Financial Holding Companies

On September 23, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”) issued a proposed regulation concerning the ability of a financial holding company (“FHC”) to engage in physical commodities activities...more

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Recommendations as Part of Their Section 620 Report to Solidify the Safety and Soundness of the...

On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC,” and...more

New Legislation Extends JOBS Act Relief and Creates Resale Exemption, Among Other Changes to the Federal Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, known as the FAST Act. The FAST Act made several important changes to the federal securities laws, including (i) extending...more

SEC Staff Provides Additional Guidance on the FAST Act

On December 21st, 2015, the SEC Staff issued four additional C&DIs related to the FAST Act, which we have repeated here for convenience. Question 3 - Question: How did the FAST Act affect Section 12(g) and Section...more

M&A Update: Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review...

In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the...more

Energy Future Holdings – More Bad News for Bondholders on Make-Whole Premiums

Make-whole premiums are often used in connection with the issuance of debt in order to protect noteholders with long term investment horizons from being repaid early. At the time of the bankruptcy filing of EFH in April 2014,...more

Ghost of David Sokol Haunts SEC’s Insider Trading Case against Szymik and Peixoto

It never actually became a case, but maybe you remember this matter from a few years ago. In January 2011, former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol bought about 100,000 shares in Lubrizol Corporation shortly before...more

Fed Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking Regarding Physical Commodity Activities

On February 27, the Fed provided an additional 30 days to comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding physical commodity activities conducted by financial holding companies. Public comment period is extended...more

Tax Court Rules on Built-In Gains Discount and Appraiser Qualification

On February 11, 2014, the United States Tax Court issued a memorandum opinion (i) determining the proper method for valuing a holding company (i.e., an S or C corporation holding marketable securities or appreciated...more

FRB Issues ANPR Seeking Public Comment on Physical Commodity Activities Related to Physical Commodities Conducted by Financial...

The Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB” or the “Board”) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (the “ANPR”) seeking public comment on issues related to activities concerning physical commodities conducted by financial...more

Federal Reserve Revisits FHC Commodities and Merchant Banking Activities

New advanced notice of proposed rulemaking requests public comments on physical commodities activities and merchant banking investments of financial holding companies. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve...more

Dodd-Frank and Reconsidering Financial Holding Company Status

Section 606 of the Dodd-Frank Act adds a new standard for a bank holding company (BHC) which elects to become, or already is, a financial holding company (FHC). Now, in order for a BHC to elect or maintain FHC status, not...more

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