Mr. Guynn is head of Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. [Full Bio]

Navigating the outdated rules on confidential supervisory information has become increasingly difficult in the digital world because the rules have their origin in the paper-based world of 1967, when they were first enacted.  In the meantime, the amount and type of information made available by the banking agencies to banking
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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
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As widely expected, the Volcker Agencies extended relief from the Volcker Rule that was first granted to eligible foreign funds in 2017.  The agencies’ action provides that the proprietary trading and covered fund prohibitions of the Volcker Rule do not apply: (1) to a foreign banking entity for activities or
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Davis Polk submitted a comment letter to the Federal Reserve on its notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulatory framework for deciding when a company exercises a controlling influence over another company under the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) and the Home Owners’ Loan Act.  We
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The Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, SEC and CFTC adopted final amendments on July 9, 2019 implementing the small-bank exclusion and name-sharing provisions of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The final amendments modify the definition of “insured depository institution” and also permit a covered
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The Supreme Court in Kisor v. Wilkie has declined to overrule Auer v. Robbins and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., instead narrowing deference to a federal agency’s interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations by putting in place new guideposts around its use.  What this means for Auer
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The Supreme Court has updated an important Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) exemption for the digital age.  In Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, the Supreme Court this week significantly expanded the scope of FOIA Exemption 4, which shields from disclosure “trade secrets and commercial or
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There are two kinds of guidances, according to recently appointed Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Claire McCusker Murray, which should be treated quite differently.[1]  Her explanation is worth quoting at length:

The key is to distinguish between two categories of guidance, the part that mirrors what the law requires


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The Federal Reserve has requested comment on a highly anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulatory framework for deciding when a company exercises a controlling influence over another company under the Bank Holding Company Act and the Home Owners’ Loan Act.

The proposal is a welcome step in
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