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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"Trump's Focus on Deregulation Could Shape SEC Priorities in 2017"

In his statement announcing the appointment of Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), President Donald Trump said that “we need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American...more

"The Trump Impact: Key Issues in Financial Services Reform for 2017"

The Trump administration has provided few specifics regarding its plans for financial regulatory reform. But Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government should create a favorable...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Financial regulation in 2017: Europe and the US

The result of the UK referendum on its EU membership and the outcome of the US Presidential elections of 2016 have laid the ground for 2017 to be a year of transition for both Europe and the United States. As transitions are...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: President Trump: The Outlook for Private Equity

All eyes are on Washington—or should we say Manhattan—these days, searching for clues about where our ship is heading with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at the helm. Recently, there have been cabinet appointments to...more

Dodd-Frank and Other Laws Facing Indefinite Future in 2017

As 2017 begins, financial markets and the regulators that oversee them are facing significant uncertainty. When President-elect Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office on Jan. 20, all indications suggest that it will mark a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets - On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions...more

The Trump Administration: Potential Levers of Regulatory Change Affecting the Commodities Markets

Much has happened since the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States and the return of both houses of Congress to Republican control. The Trump transition team has repeatedly declared its...more

Federal Reserve Board Provides New Details on Volcker Rule’s Illiquid Funds Requirements

On December 12, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board announced additional details regarding how banking entities may seek an extension to conform their investments in a narrow class of funds that qualify as “illiquid funds” to the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

US Federal Reserve Board Issues Statement of Policy Regarding Illiquid Fund Investments Under the Volcker Rule

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a statement of policy regarding how banking entities may seek an extension to conform their investments in certain illiquid hedge funds and private equity funds...more

All You Villainous Bankers: Time to Take Off Those Black Hats

Standing on the beach and gazing at the exotic and unmapped shores of Trumpania (the land remade by the orange swan on November 9th), I am struck by the discontinuity of having watched our government and chattering class...more

Volcker Rule: FRB Issues Policy Statement on Extensions for Non-Conforming Legacy Illiquid Funds; Applications Due by Jan. 20,...

On December 9, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) issued a Statement of Policy (the “Policy Statement”) regarding extension of the conformance period for investments in legacy illiquid covered funds under the final...more

7 Securities Law and Regulatory Changes Likely to be Considered During the Trump Administration

On November 8, 2016, political power in United States shifted in an unexpected and unprecedented way. As of January 20, 2017, Republicans will hold the White House and both Houses of Congress. President-elect Donald Trump...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue. While we eagerly await its decision on interest rates, the Fed had a busy week, granting a Volcker Rule extension for illiquid funds, issuing a joint final rule with the FDIC and the OCC...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Procedures to Request an Extended Transition Period to Conform Illiquid Funds to the Volcker Rule

On December 9, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve Board”) issued SR 16-18, “Procedures for a Banking Entity to Request an Extended Transition Period for Illiquid Funds” (“SR 1618”). A...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Rethinking US Financial Regulation in Light of the 2016 Election

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump wavered between populist and business-friendly policies and expressed seemingly conflicting plans for Wall Street—on the one hand advocating for less regulation with a repeal of the...more

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

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