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US House Financial Services Committee Chairman Outlines Proposal to Replace the Dodd-Frank Act

US House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling provided remarks regarding proposed legislation to replace the Dodd-Frank Act. The Executive Summary and additional details were subsequently released, and the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

Next on the SEC regulatory agenda: a chief valuation officer?

First, the Securities and Exchange Commission required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity risk manager, and after that, a derivatives risk manager. Can a...more

The Financial CHOICE Act; Dodd-Frank Reform (Not Repeal)

On June 7, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released an executive summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (the “FCA”), his highly anticipated bill to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

House GOP Presents Dodd-Frank Substitute

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) yesterday released his legislative plan to repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed a Democrat-led...more

Republicans Announce Plans to Replace Dodd-Frank

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) unveiled details of the Financial CHOICE Act – the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act and promote economic growth. CHOICE stands for Creating Hope...more

MJW to FSOC:  We’re On It

In a keynote address before the Investment Company Institute on May 20, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White signaled to the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (FSOC) that the SEC is “working hard” to finalize rules that address...more

The Metaphysics Of Systemic Risk

On April 18, 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council again warned that asset managers present systemic risk to financial stability in five key areas: ..liquidity and redemptions; ..leverage; ..operational...more

Industry Associations Publish Principles on International Cyber Security, Data and Technology

Several industry associations jointly published a paper titled International Cybersecurity, Data and Technology Principles and urged the Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions...more

US Treasury Secretary Addresses Potential Risks from Asset Management Products and Activities at Financial Stability Oversight...

US Treasury Secretary and chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Jacob Lew, provided remarks at a meeting of the FSOC regarding the release of the FSOC’s review of the asset management industry. The statement...more

Possible Worlds Versus Probable Worlds - the Metaphysics of Systemic Risk: FSOC Revisits Asset Managers

On April 18, 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) again warned that asset managers present systemic risk to financial stability in five key areas: ..liquidity and redemptions; ..leverage;...more

US Financial Stability Oversight Council Focuses on Asset Management Products and Activities

On April 18, 2016, the US Financial Stability Oversight Council issued an update on its multi-year review of potential financial stability risks in the asset management industry. This note highlights takeaways from that...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #4

Swap Execution Facility Alleges in Lawsuit That Banks Conspired to Prevent Its Success: The TeraExchange, a swaps execution facility registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and related entities, brought a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FHFA Announces Principal Reduction Program for Struggling Underwater Homeowners - On April 14, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new Principal Reduction Modification...more

US Financial Stability Oversight Council Files Appeal to Metlife Decision

The US Financial Stability Oversight Council filed its appeal to the DC District Court opinion overturning the FSOC’s designation of insurer MetLife as a systemically important financial institution. In the March 30, 2016...more

MetLife Opinion Turns the Tables on FSOC: Back to the Drawing Board

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer recently released her opinion invalidating the decision of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC or the Council) to designate MetLife a systemically important financial...more

FSOC to Further Study Hedge Fund Leverage

The Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, released an update of its review of asset management products and activities. The statement notes that its review of the use of leverage in the hedge fund industry suggests...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Cordray Testifies before Senate Banking Committee - On April 7, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee during the...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #2

CFTC Again Extends Deadlines for New OCR Compliance; Puts Pressure on FCM Clients Who Will Not Provide Adequate Information Regarding Trading Control - Late last week, staff of the Division of Market Oversight of the...more

The Judicial Rescission of MetLife’s SIFI Designation and the Possible Implications of the SIFI Process for Reinsurers

The designation of MetLife as a systemically significant nonbank financial institution (SIFI) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) was recently rescinded by the United States District Court for the District of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016

Regulatory Developments - DOL Issues Final Fiduciary Rule - On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its pre-publication final version of the long-awaited fiduciary rule (the Final Rule). Some of the more...more

Federal District Court Rules against Designation of MetLife as a “SIFI” under Dodd-Frank Act

On March 30, the D.C. federal District Court ruled against the designation by the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (“FSOC”) of MetLife as a “systemically important financial institution” under the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Non-SIFI: Round One Goes to MetLife

On March 30, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (the “U.S. District Court”) handed down its decision regarding MetLife’s challenge to the Financial Stability Oversight Committee’s (“FSOC”) designation...more

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