Financial services regulatory reform will continue to evolve in 2018 and 2019.  As we observe the changing legislative landscape, here is the Post Midterm Election 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
Continue Reading Davis Polk Financial Services Regulatory Reform Tool—Post Midterm Election Edition

Financial services regulatory reform in 2018 continues to evolve.  As we leave summer behind, 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 will
Continue Reading Davis Polk Financial Services Regulatory Reform Tool—Fall Focus Edition

Financial services regulatory reform in 2018 continues to evolve.  For those of you who have been thinking you might catch up over the summer lull, here is the summer beach read edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas,
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The Mulvaney Memo on the CFPB and the rule of law is one of the most remarkable documents to be published by an agency head in many years.  It signals a deep commitment to the rule of law as a philosophical concept and as an important brake on agency discretion
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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
Continue Reading As Regulatory Reform Push Continues, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles Sets Out His Guiding Principles

The Treasury Department’s recent report on capital markets regulation includes a robust discussion of equity market structure issues.  The report does not break new ground or raise issues that have not been debated previously at length, including by the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (“EMSAC”).  That said, the report


Continue Reading Treasury Chimes in on Equity Market Structure

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
Continue Reading Treasury Report Recommends Additional Process and Constraints for Market Regulators

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
Continue Reading Congress Passes the FAIR Act, with New Tool to Nudge the SEC

SEC Chair nominee Jay Clayton’s March 23rd hearing before the Senate Banking Committee covered much of the expected ground. In a series of responses designed to avoid controversy, Clayton repeatedly returned to the three core mandates of the SEC—capital formation, investor protection and efficient markets—as touchstones for his future leadership
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For our view that there is unlikely to be a dramatic shift in the Dodd-Frank regulatory paradigm, but that there are plenty of very good reasons to engage in a serious rebalancing of recent financial regulation away from its sole focus on financial stability and towards also looking at jobs
Continue Reading The Future of U.S. Financial Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era