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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Council of EU Presidency Compromise Proposal on Benchmark Regulation - On September 10, the Presidency of the Council of the EU published its first compromise proposal (dated September 9, 2014) relating to the European...more

National Securities Regulator Moves Forward; Draft Legislation Published

On September 8, 2014, the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement formalizing the terms of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory...more

Banks May Be Required to Increase Reserves

The Federal Reserve is expected to require the biggest U.S. banks to increase reserves in an effort to prevent the possibility of another financial crisis. Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo is scheduled to testify...more

The EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive Bringing Stability Back to the European Banking Sector

The collapse of Lehman Brothers was a pivotal moment which had catastrophic effects on the European financial sector which are still reverberating. Inadequacies in banking regulation were highlighted as most jurisdictions had...more

Proposal for Tick-Size Pilot Program Submitted to SEC

In response to an order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June, on August 26, 2014, the SEC announced that it had received a proposal from the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry...more

OECD Publishes its Standards for the Automatic Exchange of Information

On July 21, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. The report contains the OECD’s model competent...more

Fear of Heights? OCC Adopts Heightened Standards for Risk Governance of Large Institutions

Wasting no time in leaving summer behind, on September 2, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) adopted Final Guidelines, to be published soon in the Federal Register, establishing risk governance...more

SEC Money Market Reform: An Analysis of Fund Director Responsibilities

In July 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted long-awaited rule amendments to regulations that govern money market funds (Rules). The Rules are designed to lessen money market funds’ susceptibility to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - People - Events - Excerpt from Derivatives: FCA Factsheet on Review...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines on the EU Implementation of CPSS-IOSCO Principles

On September 4, ESMA published the translation of guidelines and recommendations on implementing the principles for financial market infrastructures in respect of central counterparties (i.e., clearing houses) published by...more

FHFA Proposes Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Membership Eligibility Requirements

On September 2, the FHFA proposed a rule that would revise the requirements for financial institutions to apply for and retain membership in one of the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks). The proposed rule would revise FHFA’s...more

OCC Finalizes its Heightened Standards for Large Financial Institutions

On September 2, the OCC published final guidelines to strengthen the governance and risk management practices of large financial institutions. The guidelines apply to insured national banks, insured federal savings...more

The New 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions

The revision of the 2003 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Definitions is likely the biggest overhaul of the definitions in more than a decade. The new 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives...more

Federal Banking Regulators Finalize Liquidity Coverage Ratio

On September 3, the FDIC, the Fed, and the OCC finalized the Liquidity Coverage Ratio rule to strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the, first time, create a standardized...more

Director Cordray to testify at Sept. 9 Senate hearing

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing tomorrow on “Wall Street Reform: Assessing and Enhancing the Financial Regulatory System.” The list of witnesses includes CFPB Director...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 35

In this issue: - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2015 - SEC Adopts Regulation AB II - US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps - CME...more

Financial Conduct Authority Provides Guidance on Its Approach to Attestations for FCA Authorized Firms

On August 26, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a letter dated August 22, 2014 (Letter) addressed to the FCA Practitioner Panel. The Panel is a statutory body representing the interests of the financial...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Services - Shadow Banking - Funds - Financial Market...more

Financial Stability Board Publishes Responses to Consultation on Proposed Reforms of the Forex Market

On August 20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published responses to its consultation in respect of proposed reforms in the forex market....more

ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultation on the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On August 19, ESMA published a list of responses received in respect of its first consultation on the clearing obligation relating to draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the clearing of interest rate swaps under EU...more

New York’s Proposed Regulation of Bitcoin Businesses - Polishing Up or Polishing Off?

Thousands of commenters on New York’s proposed virtual currency regulations have had mixed reactions. The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently extended the public comment period until October 21....more

SEC Issues Valuation Guidance for Funds Holding Certain Short-Term Debt Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently provided some expanded valuation guidance to mutual funds in its release on Money Market Fund Reform dated July 23, 2014. The guidance is applicable to any fund,...more

New Italian finance law to facilitate company financings

On August 20, 2014, the Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), was published in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana). The Decree is part of a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Stability Board Publishes Responses to Consultation on Proposed Reforms of the Forex Market - On August 20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published responses to its consultation in respect of proposed...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines on Reporting Obligations Under the AIFMD

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published official translations of its Guidelines on Reporting Obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and 24(1), (2) and (4) of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

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