Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles recently sought to answer the question that he has been asked most frequently since assuming his post three months ago: What’s next? He expressed his support for the reforms that have made the financial system stronger and more resilient since the Financial … Read More

The Leveraged Lending Guidelines are in an uncomfortable state of limbo.  After the GAO ruling that the Guidelines are a “rule” under the Congressional Review Act, they are no longer effective as guidance, but the silence from the OCC, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC has been deafening.[1] The uncertainty … 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 U.S. Treasury’s new Capital Markets Report recommends additional administrative requirements for regulatory actions by the SEC and the CFTC (the “Agencies”).  If adopted, the process by which the Agencies issue new regulations and guidance may be more transparent and subjected to more rigorous cost-benefit analysis.  Rulemaking and issuing no-action … Read More

Many have commented on the suit filed last week challenging the CFPB’s arbitration rule, but few have considered what impact, if any, the suit could have on the fast-approaching compliance date of March 19, 2018.

As a reminder, the Chamber of Commerce and other trade associations filed a long-anticipated suit … Read More

On September 27, 2017, Congress passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (the “FAIR Act”), sending the bill to President Trump for his signature.  The FAIR Act instructs the SEC to amend its rules to ease various restrictions and burdens that broker-dealers face when issuing research reports … Read More

In the run up to the August recess, the Senate confirmed 76 of President Trump’s nominees last week, including a handful of senior personnel at various financial regulatory agencies. As we continue to track personnel changes at these agencies, we have updated our brief deck summarizing the leadership and staffing … Read More

A recent decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals effectively raises the standard for SEC review and approval of rule change filings submitted by national securities exchanges, FINRA, and registered clearing agencies.  This decision could materially slow down a process that is a critical path for most self-regulatory organization … Read More

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a Notice today requesting public comment on potential changes to the regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. The Notice focuses on four topics, though makes clear that the OCC invites comments on all aspects of the Volcker Rule regulations and their … Read More