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There is a broad consensus that the MMF reforms adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis have not fully achieved their intended aims. A report released by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets in December 2020 concluded that, notwithstanding reforms adopted by the SEC in 2010 and 2014,
Continue Reading SEC Requests Comments on Potential Money Market Fund Reforms

The banking sector is both regulated and supervised, a key difference between banking and the rest of the regulated sectors in the economy.  Supervision happens behind the veil of confidential supervisory information in ways that are both appropriate and concerning.[1]  The scope of what is appropriate and what is
Continue Reading Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Propose New Rule Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has taken another important step to increase transparency and accountability in the supervisory process by proposing amendments to its existing Guidelines for Appeals of Material Supervisory Determinations (the Proposal).

In a comment letter submitted this week, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Continue Reading Davis Polk Comments on the FDIC’s Proposed Amendments to its Guidelines for Appeals of Material Supervisory Determinations

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

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

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
Continue Reading Kisor v. Wilkie: Auer Deference Lives On, But In What Form?

On November 19, 2018, a group of five U.S. federal and state prosecutors and regulators[1] announced that they had reached settlements with Société Générale (“SocGen”) under which SocGen will pay penalties totaling $1.34 billion in relation to violations of U.S. economic sanctions concerning Iran, Cuba, Sudan and
Continue Reading U.S. Prosecutors and Regulators Impose Second Largest Penalty Ever Levied Against a Financial Institution for Violations of U.S. Economic Sanctions

The regulation and operations of virtual currency exchanges are again in the spotlight, due to the new report issued by the Office of the New York Attorney General (OAG).  The report, which follows the April launch by the OAG of its Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative (VMII
Continue Reading The New York AG Weighs In On Virtual Currency Exchanges

After a several month lull that led some to question the SEC’s focus on crypto enforcement, this week saw a spate of enforcement activity involving crypto assets: several SEC enforcement actions, an SEC trading suspension order, the first FINRA cryptocurrency enforcement action, and a preliminary court decision consistent with the
Continue Reading Regulators Step Up Enforcement on Crypto Firms