Mr. Banes is a partner in Davis Polk's Financial Institutions Group. [Full Bio]

The Federal Reserve announced on March 23, 2020 further action in response to the coronavirus crisis: the creation of the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (PMCCF), along with the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF) and the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). We discuss the SMCCF and
Continue Reading Fed Establishes the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility to Support Credit to Employers

The Federal Reserve announced an expansion of the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), originally announced on March 17, 2020 as part of its response to the coronavirus crisis.  Under the expanded CPFF, “eligible issuers” now include municipal issuers—which had been excluded in the 2008 version of the CPFF—and
Continue Reading Fed Expands Commercial Paper Funding Facility to Cover Municipal Issuers and Decrease Pricing

The Federal Reserve has created a new secured liquidity facility, called the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), designed to restore liquidity to the asset-backed securities (ABS) market.  TALF represents a continuation of the Federal Reserve’s use of its “unusual and exigent” powers to help provide
Continue Reading Fed Establishes a Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility

The FDIC proposed a rule to formalize certain longstanding expectations it has for approving applications by new industrial loan companies (ILCs) that would be subsidiaries of a parent company that would not be subject to consolidated supervision by the Federal Reserve. The proposal would require a written agreement
Continue Reading Client Memorandum: FDIC Proposes Supervision of ILC Holding Companies

The Federal Reserve’s creation of a Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF) follows the announcement of a Commercial Paper Funding Facility, which we discussed earlier this week, and represents a continuation of the Federal Reserve’s use of its “unusual and exigent” powers to help during the current crisis. For
Continue Reading The Fed Announces a Primary Dealer Credit Facility

In a welcome move, two recent actions by the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC (the Banking Agencies) recognize the increasing role of fund complexes and passive investing.  The Banking Agencies have released a statement under the Federal Reserve’s Regulation O which acknowledges the reality that equity mutual funds may sometimes
Continue Reading Federal Banking Agencies Recognize the Rise of Index Funds and Passive Investing

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

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

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