On January 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board, OCC, FDIC, SEC and CFTC (the Agencies) proposed amendments to the covered fund provisions of the Volcker Rule. The proposed amendments address long-standing concerns with the over-broad definition of covered fund, the treatment of foreign funds (both public and private), and the
Continue Reading Volcker 2.1: Agencies Propose Revisions to Covered Fund Provisions

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
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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

Financial services regulatory reform will continue to be active in 2020, with developments percolating in all three branches of government.  As we observe the changing landscape, here is the 2020 Vision Edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas,
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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

Since the 2016 Second Circuit decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC,[1] banks and their non-bank lending partners have faced legal uncertainty about their ability to assign or transfer loans.  The Madden decision and subsequent actions by state courts have called into question the “valid-when-made” doctrine, which stands
Continue Reading U.S. Federal Banking Regulators Propose a Madden Fix

The FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board have solicited public comment on the use of the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System, more commonly known as CAMELS ratings.  The release asks 10 questions, which focus on the ways in which the agencies use the CAMELS system, their consistency in doing so,
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In an article in the ABA’s Business Law Today, partner Meg Tahyar expresses concern about a recent trend in which the role of banks’ legal staffs has been constrained and reduced as separate risk and compliance functions have grown in prominence. She says this is the opposite of the trend
Continue Reading It’s Time to Rebuild the Role of Bank Legal Departments

Financial services regulatory reform continues to evolve in 2019.  As we observe the changing landscape, here is the Fall Focus Edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas, agencies and actors.  We will continue to track these issues and
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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
Continue Reading Davis Polk Comments on Federal Reserve’s Proposed Rule on Confidential Supervisory Information