On February 18, the Board of the Federal Reserve announced a final rule amending Regulation EE, which is intended to reduce risk and increase efficiency in the financial system. The final rule applies netting protections to a broader range of financial institutions. The expanded definition of financial institutions now includes swap dealers and security-based swap dealers, nonbank systemically important financial institutions, foreign banks and qualifying central counterparties, among other new additions. The final rule also made minor clarifications to the existing activities-based test in Regulation EE, which clarify the application of the test following a consolidation of legal entities. Release.