The following post is based on an article by Professor Steven Schwarcz of Duke Law School entitled Intrinsic Imbalance: The Impact of Income Disparity on Financial Regulation, which documents and examines the consequences of the extraordinary two-to-one income disparity … Read more
On February 18th, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) voted unanimously to approve a final rule (Final Rule) implementing the enhanced prudential standards contained in Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act. This Client Alert discusses … Read more
It has been more than two years since the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began operating its whistleblower program, but substantial questions linger over its effectiveness and its transparency. Under the program, whistleblowers are entitled to recover up … Read more
The following post comes to us from Marcelo M. Prates, an Attorney at the Central Bank of Brazil. The full article, which is now published as the Central Bank of Brazil Working Paper no. 335 and has been recently noted … Read more
The following comes to us from Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Cornell Law School.
American International Group (AIG), the very name of this company screams out its US origins. And … Read more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (the “Division”) announced yesterday that Javelin SEF, LLC’s (“Javelin”) self-certification of available-to-trade determinations (“MAT Determinations”) for certain benchmark interest rate swap contracts is deemed certified. Under CFTC regulations, the swaps … Read more
Now that the final rule implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, commonly known as the “Volcker Rule,” has been implemented, banking entities engaged in swaps activities must plan how they will navigate the two different and overlapping regulatory regimes
On January 16, 2014, Clifford Chance released a briefing, available here, on exemptions for inter-affiliate and intragroup transactions under the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”). Both impose obligations requiring the clearing and reporting of … Read more
The Volcker Rule imposes significant restrictions on “proprietary trading” by banking organizations and their affiliates. The purpose of this Memorandum is to discuss how these restrictions may impact broker-dealer affiliates of foreign banking organizations that conduct business in the United
The OCC has proposed a set of enforceable and specific risk governance guidelines to formalize its heightened expectations for large national banks and federal savings associations. The risk governance guidelines would set new, and much higher, minimum standards for the … Read more
The following comes to us from Prasad Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Law, U.C. Berkeley Law School.
The prudential regulation of banks by the federal banking agencies has traditionally been grounded in discretionary standards. Recent calls for cost-benefit analysis of agency … Read more
The following remarks were delivered by Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. on January 15, 2014.
Thank you, Sarah [Kelsey, Exchequer Club Secretary], for that introduction. I’m very pleased to be here … Read more
In the wake of the 2008 crisis, it soon became apparent that the fault lines of the global financial system extended far beyond the regulated banking sector to the less regulated “shadow banking” sector. Nonbank financial entities including (but not … Read more
On December 20, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a report, required by Section 108 of the JOBS Act, that reviews the disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. The report summarizes the Commission’s prior initiatives, reviews the current disclosure requirements, … Read more
On Monday, December 16th, Morrison Foerster released what may be a first-of-its-kind regulatory reform glossary. The glossary, which is not comprehensive, is intended to serve as a helpful summary of neologisms and other acronyms (e.g., SIFI), nicknames (e.g., repo), and … Read more
Hedge funds’ distressed and default debt investments in the United States have increased dramatically in the last two decades (from around $70 billion in 1998 to around $867 billion in 2007) and hedge funds with strategies that focus on distressed … Read more
On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) proposed new speculative position limits. The proposal (“New Proposal”) would establish spot-month and non-spot-month limits for 28 core physical commodity contracts and their “economically equivalent” futures, options, and