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The Good, the Bad and the Offer: Law, Lore and FAQs

An Updated Look at the World of Offers - It all seems simple enough. The concept of “offer” is broad under the securities laws, so companies and underwriters need to be careful about any publicity in connection with a...more

How the Great Recession Has Affected Mortgage Securitization, Servicing, and Homeownership

The house price bubble and the financial crisis exposed significant weaknesses in mortgage underwriting, the packaging of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and the mortgage servicing industry. Over the course of the Great...more

The Volcker Rule—A Suggested Approach for Banking Entities When Analyzing its Impact on Business Models, Activities and...

More than three years following the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, and intense inter-agency negotiations, the federal financial regulatory agencies collectively adopted the final version of the “Volcker Rule,” or “Rule”—which...more

“Interim Final” Volcker Rule Approved

On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities Exchange...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Compliance Requirements

Background on the Final Rule - On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

Proprietary Trading 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

The Volcker Rule and Capital Markets Offerings

Final regulations under the section of the Dodd-Frank Act known as the “Volcker Rule” were enacted in December 2013 (the “Final Rule”) by five federal financial regulatory agencies (collectively, the “Agencies”). The Volcker...more

Qualifying Loans Will Reduce or Eliminate Risk Retention Obligations of Issuers Under Reproposed Credit Risk Retention Rules

The general risk retention requirements mandated under section 15G of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (added by section 941 of the Dodd-Frank Act) will be applicable to all issuers of asset-backed securities (ABS)...more

Summary of Selected Issues of the SEC Municipal Advisor Rule that Affect Broker-Dealers Intending to be Underwriters

Dodd Frank Act Definition of “Municipal Advisor” A “municipal advisor” is a person (including a firm or an associated person) (but not including a municipal entity or an employee of a municipal entity) who (1) provides...more

CFPB’s Ability to Pay Rule

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final Ability-to-Repay Rule (the Rule). The CFPB is also seeking comments on a concurrent proposal that would modify the ability-to-repay rule, which it...more

Final Rule Issued on Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final ability to repay rule (Rule) on January 10, 2013. The Rule implements ability-to-repay provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed strict underwriting...more

CFPB Issues Final Ability To Repay Rule And ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Standard

On January 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule, as mandated by provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA), which requires mortgage lenders to consider...more

CFPB Final Ability-To-Repay Rule Prompts Cautious Optimism from Industry

The CFPB has issued its long-awaited ability to repay/qualified mortgage rule, and at first glance, it appears to warrant cautious optimism for the mortgage industry....more

InfoBytes Special Alert: CFPB Issues Ability-To-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its keenly awaited final "Ability-to-Repay" rule under Regulation Z that will require lenders to verify a consumer's ability to repay a mortgage loan as...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - OCC Guidance on Transition Periods under Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - CFTC Reporting of Swap Transactions and Swap Dealer Registration - Department...more

Inside The Courts - December 2012

This issue of Inside the Courts, Skadden's securities litigation newsletter, includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected noteworthy cases principally decided from July to November 2012. This edition addresses...more

"Insights Special Edition: Dodd-Frank Rulemaking: Volcker Rule and SIFI Proposals: Proprietary Trading Restrictions Under the...

Finance industry participants have expressed concern over the burden of complying with the proprietary trading restrictions in the Volcker Rule and the potential effects of those restrictions on the competitiveness of U.S....more

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