The Federal Reserve and the OCC have proposed a rule that would recalibrate the enhanced supplementary leverage ratio (eSLR) requirements applicable to U.S. GSIBs and their insured depository institution (IDI) subsidiaries, and related requirements, by tailoring the eSLR levels to 50 percent of each firm’s GSIB surcharge.  The proposal would … Read More

The Stress Buffer Requirements (SBR) Proposal would fundamentally restructure how the Federal Reserve’s stress testing and capital planning framework is used to impose capital requirements for large banking organizations.  In general, the proposal would shift the quantitative capital requirements based on a firm’s pro forma stress losses, which currently are … Read More

The Senate passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155) on March 14 by a filibuster-proof vote of 67 – 31.  The Senate bill still must pass the House, where Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and other representatives have said they plan to propose a series of amendments … Read More

The Bipartisan Banking Bill would provide banking organizations with relief from their stress testing, capital and liquidity requirements by adjusting the thresholds, frequency and substance of these rules.  The bill – which recently passed in the Senate, as described in a recent post here – is now being considered in … Read More

Davis Polk has submitted a comment letter on the Federal Reserve’s proposed supervisory guidance on board governance (which we summarized in a previous blog post).  Consistent with our previous blog posts on the proposed board guidance and separate management guidance  issued by the Federal Reserve for large financial institutions, … Read More

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

Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles’ announcement that the Federal Reserve is re-examining its framework for making control determinations under the Bank Holding Company Act is a welcome development.  In critiquing the control framework, which has developed piecemeal over decades, Vice Chair Quarles called it “complex and occasionally opaque” and … 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 Federal Reserve’s proposed core principles on management of large financial institutions are another welcome addition to its efforts to clarify and better distinguish between the roles of boards of directors and the management of large financial institutions. The new guidance (Management Guidance) describes core principles of effective senior management, … 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