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, … Read More

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 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 … 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

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s A Better Way policy agenda states that “it is time for serious and fundamental reform” of how regulations are made. The House of Representatives is considering a number of bills that would transform the processes by which agencies—particularly the federal financial regulatory agencies—promulgate regulations. The following … Read More

Last week, the House of Representatives passed three bills containing provisions that would require certain of the financial regulatory agencies to conduct cost-benefit analysis as part of the rulemaking process: the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5), the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 78), and the Commodity End-User Relief … Read More