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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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Fed Issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households - On August 7, the Fed provided a snapshot of the self-perceived financial and economic well-being of U.S. households and the issues they face, based on...more

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Publishes Table Showing Compliance with its Guidelines Relating to Global Supervisory Co-Operation on AIFs - On June 20, ESMA published a table showing which competent authorities comply or intend to comply with...more

CFPB: Industry should “start now” to comply with workplace diversity and inclusion standards

On June 26, 2014, I participated in a panel presentation at the MBA Strategic Markets and Diversity Summit, in Washington, D.C. Stuart Ishimaru, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Minority and...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

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

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

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

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

Five Federal Agencies Adopt Interim Rule Providing Relief from the Volcker Rule with Respect to Collateralized Debt Obligations...

The Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, the SEC and the CFTC (collectively, the “Agencies”) adopted an interim final rule (the “Interim Rule”) that provides relief from certain requirements of the Volcker rule for...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

Federal Agencies Issue Statement On Subjecting TruPS CDOs To Volcker Rule

On December 27, in response to substantial criticism and legal action by banking trade groups, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, and the SEC stated that they are reviewing whether it is appropriate and consistent...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - January 2014

Industry Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Cross-Border Guidance - On December 4, 2013, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., and the...more

Agencies are Reviewing Treatment of CDOs Backed by Trust Preferred Securities Under the Volcker Rule

On December 27, the Fed, FDIC, OCC and the SEC stated that they are in the process of reviewing whether it would be appropriate to subject collateralized debt obligations backed by trust preferred securities to the Volcker...more

Federal Agencies Reviewing Treatment under Volcker Rule of Collateralized Debt Obligations Backed by TruPS

On December 27, 2013, the FRB, FDIC, OCC and SEC (the “Agencies”) jointly issued a statement which advised financial institutions that the Agencies were reviewing, in response to concerns expressed by community banks and...more

Volcker Rule Promises To Be Godzilla of Bank Regulation

It took almost 3½ years before it finally hatched. And it was big—very big—enormous, in fact. No, it’s not Godzilla. It’s the Volcker Rule. More than two years after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a final rule...more

The Volcker Rule: Impact of the Final Rule on Securitization Investors and Sponsors

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, SEC and CFTC (the “Agencies”) issued the long-awaited final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule generally prohibits banking entities —...more

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