In his recent speech that we have covered in a series of blog posts, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles announced that he would like the Federal Reserve to achieve “meaningful simplification of our framework of loss absorbency requirements,” referring to both the Federal Reserve’s capital and … Read More

In what we expect to be the first step in a process of increasing the transparency of the Federal Reserve’s supervisory stress tests and their application to banking organizations subject to the Dodd-Frank Act supervisory stress testing requirements and the Federal Reserve’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) framework, the … Read More

The Senate’s bipartisan regulatory relief bill advanced out of the Senate Banking Committee this week with only minor changes and remains on a path to a filibuster-proof majority.  The bill would provide regulatory relief to regional, community and custody banks, among others—as described in two earlier posts here and hereRead More

Does the bipartisan Senate bill described in our earlier post leave large banks, i.e., banking organizations with $250 billion or more in total consolidated assets, and foreign banking organizations (FBOs) entirely out in the cold?  No, but the relief it provides to large banking organizations is quite limited, and it … 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

CFTC Chairman Giancarlo testified this morning that he intends to delay for an additional year a decision on whether to modify the currently effective swap dealer de minimis registration threshold of $8 billion notional of dealing swaps.[1] This request follows on the heels of a recommendation by the U.S. Treasury, … 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

In a closely watched case, the Seventh Circuit last week affirmed the felony conviction of Michael Coscia, a New Jersey high frequency trader, rejecting his arguments that the anti-spoofing provision in the Commodity Exchange Act under which he was charged is unconstitutionally vague and that the evidence in the … Read More

The CFTC’s position limit rules, which currently apply to limited types of futures contracts and options on futures, include aggregation requirements that specify the circumstances under which positions controlled or held by a person must be counted together for purposes of the position limits.  These aggregation rules were significantly amended … 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