Volcker Rule

The Volcker Rule is a rule limiting certain financial institutions' ability to own, invest or sponsor hedge funds, private equity or other proprietary trading operations. The Rule seeks to separate financial... more +
The Volcker Rule is a rule limiting certain financial institutions' ability to own, invest or sponsor hedge funds, private equity or other proprietary trading operations. The Rule seeks to separate financial institutions' proprietary trading activity from consumers' FDIC- insured deposits. The Volcker Rule is a part of the broader Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and aims to diminish potential conflicts of interest between banks and consumer clients. less -
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The New Future of US Banking and Financial Services Regulation

The presidential election has opened the possibility of significant changes to the Dodd-Frank Act regime that has been implemented over the last six years. It remains to be seen what plans the incoming administration will...more

Love (Financially Speaking) in the Time of Trump

This commentary is not customarily about politics, although those with a subtle cast of mind might get an inkling of some my personal views from my always dry and balanced language. However, right now, it’s hard not to think...more

Chair Mary Jo White to Step Down as SEC Commissioner at End of President Obama’s Term

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Chair Mary Jo White will resign as SEC Commissioner effective January 20, 2017, concurrently with the end of President Obama’s term of...more

An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump: Seven Financial Services Regulation Priorities

Dechert partner Thomas P. Vartanian published an article entitled, "Open Letter to Trump: Weigh the Costs of Regulation," in the November 11 issue of the American Banker. While noting that it is undisputed that federally...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

Trump Election May Dramatically Change Landscape for Financial Institutions

Republicans retain the House and Senate and Donald Trump wins the presidential election, providing a Republican sweep of all the elected branches of the federal government. At this moment, it is unclear and uncertain what the...more

Implications of the 2016 Election for Banks, Systemically Important Financial Institutions and Their Investors

Campaign promises rarely turn into specific actions, but when they do, they are necessarily impacted by the dynamics of the legislative process. History suggests, however, that the policies of candidates can be a predictor of...more

House to Consider Financial CHOICE Act

The full House of Representatives will now consider Rep. Jeb Hensarling's (R-Texas) legislative proposal to repeal the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act after it passed out of a committee. What...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Recommendations as Part of Their Section 620 Report to Solidify the Safety and Soundness of the...

On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC,” and...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.15.16

More details have emerged from the February cyberheist that resulted in the theft of more than $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the NY Fed, including a pretty significant lack of critical concern from the bank itself....more

Nutter Bank Report, July 2016

FinCEN has released guidance in the form of answers to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) about new customer due diligence (“CDD”) requirements that became effective this month. The CDD FAQs issued on July 19 clarify new...more

Federal Reserve Board Formalizes Previously Announced One-Year Conformance Period Extension for Certain Volcker Rule Legacy Fund...

On July 7, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board approved the final extension – to July 21, 2017 – for bank entities to comply with the Volcker Rule and “to divest ownership in certain legacy investment funds and terminate...more

Federal Reserve Announces Extension of Conformance Period Under Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act

On July 7, 2016, the Federal Reserve announced that it will extend until July 21, 2017 the conformance period for banking entities to divest ownership in certain legacy investment funds and terminate relationships with funds...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Covered Fund Activities Extended One Year - On July 7, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced that it has...more

Federal Reserve Officially Extends Volcker Rule Conformance Period with Respect to “Legacy Covered Funds” to July 21, 2017

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), consistent with its previously announced intention, extended the conformance period with respect to investments in and relationships with covered funds...more

Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Covered Fund Activities Extended One Year

On July 7, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced that it has further extended the conformance period under the Volcker rule until July 21, 2017, to allow banking entities to conform their...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.8.16

June’s job report  is out today.  The Journal gave us a jump start with 5 Things to Watch [and some thoughts on why May’s rough numbers may not be an outlier]  – WSJ And how the Brexit has made the report way more important –...more

A Trip Through the Labyrinth – The Regulatory Man in Full

And now to return to our commentary a few weeks back about the stultifying impact of ill-thought through rules and regulations (at best) (Brexit has intervened). This is our Regulatory State which broadly attempted to pick...more

Don’t Drain the River: How US Bank Resolution Reform Will Dry Liquidity

Well-meaning initiatives to end the era of US bailouts have also dried-up market liquidity. That could be almost as dangerous - Banks perform critical functions in our economy, one of which is maturity transformation....more

Financial Services Report, Summer 2016

BELTWAY - Every Last Penny Counts - Five federal banking agencies issued a Supervisory Bulletin titled “Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance outlines...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds to Industry Concerns on Know Before You Owe Rule - On April 28, the CFPB issued a letter to banking and industry groups in response to an inquiry by the Mortgage Bankers...more

Legislation Amending Volcker Rule Passes in House

The Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act (HR 4096) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Volcker Rule adopted by the regulators limited the ability of bank holding companies and their affiliates, including...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Announces Volcker Rule CEO Attestation Delivery Method

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced that certain banking entities subject to Appendix B of Part 75 of the CFTC’s regulations, which implements section 619 of...more

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