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

In a long-awaited report to the President, the Treasury Department recommended reforming—but not repealing—the orderly liquidation authority (“OLA”) created by Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Title II”), while also recommending the addition of a new Chapter 14 to the Bankruptcy Code.  Concluding “unequivocally that … Read More

Davis Polk has submitted a comment letter on the Federal Reserve’s proposed supervisory guidance on board governance (which we summarized in a previous blog post).  Consistent with our previous blog posts on the proposed board guidance and separate management guidance  issued by the Federal Reserve for large financial institutions, … Read More

In his recent speech that we have covered in a series of blog posts, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles announced that he would like the Federal Reserve to achieve “meaningful simplification of our framework of loss absorbency requirements,” referring to both the Federal Reserve’s capital and … Read More

Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles’ announcement that the Federal Reserve is re-examining its framework for making control determinations under the Bank Holding Company Act is a welcome development.  In critiquing the control framework, which has developed piecemeal over decades, Vice Chair Quarles called it “complex and occasionally opaque” and … Read More

The CFPB’s announcement of a call for evidence is a welcome sign that the new leadership of the agency is thinking seriously about how it implements its mission. In the coming weeks the CFPB will publish a series of Requests for Information (RFIs) seeking public comment on the CFPB’s enforcement, … Read More

The Trump Treasury Department’s vision for how the FSOC should fulfill its mission is emerging.[1]  Ironically, this new, and we think better vision, may be closer to how the Obama Treasury Department originally conceived the FSOC’s role.  In essence, we read the implicit Treasury viewpoint to be that the over-focus … Read More

Buried in the latest Treasury Report, the third in a series, are important gems on the Volcker Rule and on the concept of controlling influence.[1]  Of the three interesting new recommendations, two are limited to the covered funds portion of the Volcker Rule and build upon the recommendations in the … Read More

The OCC’s recent revision to its Community Reinvestment Act examination and ratings policies is a welcome first step in a long overdue and much needed rethink of how supervisors might modernize the CRA so that the statutory goal of helping underbanked communities can be met in the digital era.  The … Read More