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FIO Director Testifies On The Impact Of International Regulatory Standards On The Competitiveness Of U.S. Insurers

The Director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO), Michael McRaith, recently testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance regarding the impact international regulatory standards have on...more

Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

Rethinking the regulation of competency-based education

Over the last several months, my colleague, Chris Murray, and I spent a great deal of time considering the current regulatory challenges facing competency-based education (CBE) and possible strategies that can better...more

Comment Letters on Proposed Federal Systemic Risk Legislation Raise Significant Concerns

The consultation draft of the federal Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA) issued in September 2014 proposes a novel regulatory regime directed at protecting the stability and integrity of Canada’s financial system through...more

EBA Consults on Draft RTS on Specialized Lending Exposures

On May 11, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2015/09) on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on assigning risk weights to specialized lending exposures under Article...more

OCC Comptroller Curry Delivers Remarks on Easing Regulatory Burdens on Small Banks

On May 4, OCC Comptroller Thomas J. Curry delivered remarks at the third outreach meeting held under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) in Boston. Acknowledging that smaller banks lack...more

Focus On International Standards

The influence of international standards on the direction of insurance regulation in the United States has dominated public discussion about insurance regulation during recent years. Nowhere was that more evident than in...more

How to Talk with Governments: Regulatory Considerations for Communicating with Alberta’s New Government

On May 5, 2015, the NDP won a majority government in Alberta. In light of last week’s Alberta election results, what follows is a short primer on some regulatory requirements to be mindful of when communicating with Alberta’s...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

Commercial Real Estate and the Broader US Economy: What Me, Worry?

You know, as an economist, I am a pretty good piano player. I struggle every morning, marinating in the news cycle, to try to understand what’s happened to the US economy and what its impact will be or might be upon the...more

New Standards for Shipping Crude Oil, Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuel by Rail

On Friday, May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for transporting flammable liquids in a continuous block of 20 or more tank cars or 35 or more tank cars loaded...more

NAIC Adopts Cybersecurity Regulatory Principles – What’s Important to the Regulators

File this under: A View Into What the Regulators Deem Important. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the standard-setting organization in the U.S. insurance industry created and governed by the chief...more

DOT Issues Final Rule for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

On May 1, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) long awaited (and already highly controversial) final rule strengthening standards for trains carrying flammable...more

Agencies Issue Final Rule on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Six federal financial regulatory issued a final rule that implements minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies, or AMCs. An AMC is an entity that provides appraisal...more

Transgenic Salmon: A Primer on FDA Food Safety Regulations

When Meriwether Lewis tasted his first roasted morsel of a fresh Chinook salmon at a Shoshone camp along the Lemhi River (in modern day Idaho), he ate it with “very good relish.” It convinced him that “we were on the waters...more

Money Laundering: Council Approves Strengthened Rules

On April 20, 2015 the Council of the EU published a press release announcing that it has adopted its position at first reading on new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing....more

Five Years in the Making: Improved Safety for Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Sometimes new regulations come out of nowhere. And sometimes it is just a matter of time. Last week’s unveiling of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (“BSEE”) offshore blowout preventer and well control...more

The New Wave of Data Breach Settlements

4.8 million. 10 million. 15 million. 25 million. Before 2014, these large numbers were likely to represent the number of individuals affected by a data breach. Today, they are the dollar figures that companies must spend to...more

OCC Revises Guidance and Forms for Subordinated Debt Issued for Tier 2 Capital and Non-Capital Purposes

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is revising and reorganizing its current guidance for subordinated debt issued by national banks (at appendix A of the “Subordinated Debt” booklet of the Comptroller’s...more

Focus on Private Equity - April 2015

In This Issue: - The Use of Alternative Credit in Europe - Buying and Selling a Craft Brewery in the United States - Excerpt from The Use of Alternative Credit in Europe: As a result of the reduced...more

Connecticut Law Changes Reporting and Governance Requirements for Health Care Entities: Part 2: Requirements Applicable to...

In recent years, we have seen an acceleration in the rate at which health care entities are consolidating and restructuring their organizations in response to the changing regulatory environment. Recent legislation passed in...more

The TCPA: Deep Dive: Details, Class Actions, Regulations, and Defense Strategies [Video]

In Part One of our complimentary, two-part webinar on the TCPA, we covered the basics. Join us for the second hour-long segment, as we get into the weeds of the TCPA. Part Two will cover: Exemptions/Details · What is an...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015

In this issue: - US Banking Agencies Issue FAQs on the Regulatory Capital Rule - US Banking Agencies Permit Wells Fargo to Begin Using Advanced Approaches Framework - Regulation on Reporting of...more

Combating pension scams

For some time now, the issue of transfer requests and pension scams (often referred to as pension liberation) has been a difficult one for trustees of occupational pension schemes. On the one hand, members may have rights to...more

FSOC’s Designation of Nonbank SIFIs: More New Developments

The end-of-year holidays failed to slow the pace of developments surrounding the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) process for designating nonbank Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) for Federal...more

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