Ms. Massari is a partner in Davis Polk's Financial Institutions Group and the trading and markets practice, based in the Washington DC office. [Full Bio]

The CFTC today joined other U.S. financial regulators in providing COVID-19 related relief from certain regulatory requirements. This relief is designed to help CFTC-registered swap dealers, futures commission merchants (FCMs), introducing brokers, swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and other market participants
Continue Reading CFTC Issues COVID-19 Related Relief for Futures and Swap Market Participants

On December 18, 2019, the CFTC proposed rules that would modify and codify the cross-border application of certain of its Title VII swap rules to both U.S. and non-U.S. registered swap dealers and major swap participants.  Among other changes, these proposed rules would revise (1) which cross-border swaps must be
Continue Reading Visual Memo: CFTC Proposes Amendments to Cross-Border Rules

On January 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board, OCC, FDIC, SEC and CFTC (the Agencies) proposed amendments to the covered fund provisions of the Volcker Rule. The proposed amendments address long-standing concerns with the over-broad definition of covered fund, the treatment of foreign funds (both public and private), and the
Continue Reading Volcker 2.1: Agencies Propose Revisions to Covered Fund Provisions

In a step forward for the digital transformation of banking and partnerships between banks and FinTechs, the FDIC released proposed changes to its brokered deposit regulations in late December 2019. The proposed changes are designed to update the regulatory framework as much as possible within the constraints of the existing
Continue Reading Encouraging Innovation: Brokered Deposits—What Fintechs Need to Know to Partner with Banks under the FDIC’s Proposed Regulations

The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) recently revised guidelines (the 2019 Guidelines) on how it will identify and address financial stability risks are a major shift from the guidelines it issued in the immediate aftermath of the Financial Crisis.  The 2019 Guidelines draw upon lessons learned from
Continue Reading Client Memorandum: FSOC Shift to an Activities-Based Approach Signals an Emphasis on the Risks to Financial Stability from Digital Transformation

Building upon its BitLicense regime instituted in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has proposed two mechanisms by which entities that hold BitLicenses or trust charters with virtual currency authority (VC Licensees) may list or provide other approved services in a
Continue Reading NYDFS Proposes a Streamlined Approval Process for Services in New Virtual Currencies

The U.S. banking agencies have completed one of the most important steps towards rebalancing the U.S. bank regulatory framework since the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in the wake of the 2007 – 2008 financial crisis.  The agencies have adopted final rules to tailor enhanced prudential standards and U.S. Basel III
Continue Reading Visual Memorandum: Final Tailoring Rules for U.S. Banking Organizations

Since the 2016 Second Circuit decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC,[1] banks and their non-bank lending partners have faced legal uncertainty about their ability to assign or transfer loans.  The Madden decision and subsequent actions by state courts have called into question the “valid-when-made” doctrine, which stands
Continue Reading U.S. Federal Banking Regulators Propose a Madden Fix

The Federal Reserve has finalized its rules to further tailor the regulatory framework for enhanced prudential standards and the U.S. Basel III capital and liquidity requirements applicable to domestic banking organizations and foreign banking organizations (Final Tailoring Rules).  Compared to the proposed rules that the U.S. banking agencies
Continue Reading “Off the Rack”: Federal Reserve Finalizes Tailoring Rules with Few Changes

The Federal Reserve has announced that it plans to build its own 24x7x365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system for retail payments, called the FedNow Service.  In a 4-1 decision, with Vice Chairman for Supervision Quarles dissenting, the Federal Reserve stated that the FedNow Service would allow consumers and
Continue Reading Davis Polk Client Memorandum: Federal Reserve Announces Plan to Build Its Own Real-Time Gross Settlement System for Retail Payments