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FSOC Criticized by Government Accountability Office, but GAO Report Misses Critical Substantive Improvements; FRB Begins to...

The U.S. Government Accountability Office just issued a report on the Financial Stability Oversight Council's (“FSOC”) systemically important financial institution (“SIFI”) designation process, entitled “Further Actions Could...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014

The Day After: There are still a few undecided races but we know that Republicans will control the House and the Senate in the next session of Congress. This may provide an opportunity for more bipartisan legislation in the...more

FIO Focus, No. 65 - IAIS Releases Basic Capital Requirements

Earlier today, at its annual meeting, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) released its first set of capital standards for the insurance industry. According to the IAIS, capital standards are part of...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 60

FSOC Issues Proposed Determination of SIFI Designation for MetLife - On September 4, 2014, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) issued a “proposed determination” that Metropolitan Life Insurance Company...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - GAO expected to release Report on Big Banks - On Thursday, July 31, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a long awaited report on funding advantages of the...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Begins to Scrutinize Registrants’ Cybersecurity Practices ..SEC Staff Sets Boundaries for Adviser Testimonials in Social Media ..Chair White: SEC to Tackle High-Frequency...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 11 • June 5, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - FINRA recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process. FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule generally regulates underwriting compensation and prohibits unfair...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 51: Legislation Introduced to Clarify Collins Amendment

Concerns that minimum leverage and risk-based capital requirements required under section 171 of the Dodd-Frank Act would be applied to insurance companies have been addressed in S. 2270, sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME),...more

Key issues for asset managers in 2014

In this newsletter - U.S.: - Dodd-Frank Act – Designation of asset managers as systemically important financial institutions - Volcker Rule finalised with a more limited application to covered fund activities...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 48

Congressional Hearing on Capital Requirements for Insurers Subject to Federal Reserve Regulation On March 11, 2014, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection of the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Time for Regulatory Reset

It’s still in the early days of 2014. I think it’s finally stopped snowing in the East, the sun has come out and the stock market is continuing to outperform the woe purveyors. Republicans and Democrats have gotten...more

Systemic Risk and Asset Management: Progressing from Ignorance to Confusion

Early this year, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a Consultative Document regarding Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer...more

FDIC Board Releases Single Point of Entry Resolution Strategy for Public Comment

On December 18, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) published a widely anticipated notice in the Federal Register (the “Notice”) setting forth the FDIC’s single point of entry...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Federal Reserve Adopts Final Systemically Important Financial Market Utilities Rules - On Wednesday, December 5, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Federal Reserve") adopted final rules that amend Regulation HH...more

Covered Funds Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

Washington's Unprecedented Bid to Supplant State Insurance Regulators

In mid-October, Prudential Financial Inc. dropped its fight against being designated as a systemically important financial institution (SIFI) by the Treasury Department's Financial Stability Oversight Council. When the...more

FDIC and International Regulators Ask ISDA to Add Early Termination Delay to ISDA Documents

The FDIC, the Bank of England, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority have jointly written to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) to...more

Prudential Regulators Propose Large Institution Liquidity Rule

On October 24, the Federal Reserve Board issued a proposed rule it developed with the OCC and the FDIC to establish a minimum liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) consistent with the Basel III LCR, with some modifications to...more

U.S. Office of Financial Research Issues Report on Asset Management and Financial Stability

The Office of Financial Research (“OFR”), an office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, recently issued a report that may provide a roadmap for future designations by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) of...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- September 23, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Welcome to fall, which used to be marked by events like apple...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Gets Congress’ Attention - Last week the House Financial Services Committee addressed the issue of reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

Barofsky and Bair on Banks and Bailouts*

As the United States continues to pull itself out of the credit crisis, these two books shed light on the Washington infighting behind the government's response to the crisis and, more broadly, the shape of financial...more

Federal Regulators Set to Name Firms as "Systemically Important"

On June 3, several media outlets reported that the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) voted to provide notice to certain nonbank financial firms that they would be deemed "systemically important."...more

Ropes & Gray’s Private Investment Fund Update: June 2013

Highlights - SEC Updates Form PF "Frequently Asked Questions" - The SEC recently released updated "Frequently Asked Questions" relating to Form PF that, among other things, clarified how Form PF filers should...more

State, national and international insurance regulatory activity reflects steps toward more regulation and heightened scrutiny

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of insurance regulatory activity at the federal, state and international level. Individually these developments are noteworthy; taken together, they evidence the depth and breadth of...more

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