Dodd-Frank Progress Report February 2013

On February 1, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP released its February 2013 Dodd-Frank Progress Report, which can be found here. Davis Polk issues these Progress Reports monthly to update the market on the progress of the rulemaking required under Dodd-Frank.

  • 46 New Deadlines. 42 rulemaking requirements and 4 studies were due in January.
  • 12 Requirements Met, 0 Proposed. The CFPB released final rules on qualified mortgage standards, mortgage servicing and loan originator compensation. The CFPB, FDIC, Federal Reserve, FHFA, NCUA and OCC released a joint final rule that establishes new appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans.
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The Proper Role of the Federal Government in Corporate Governance

Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher delivered the below remarks before the Corporate Directors Forum at the University of San Diego, San Diego, California, on January 29, 2013:

Thank you Anne [Sheehan] for your very kind introduction.  I am honored to be here today.  Conferences like this are critically important, and all too rare, opportunities for directors, executives, shareholders, and regulators to interact.

Before I go any further, I need to provide the standard disclaimer that my remarks today are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or my fellow Commissioners.

Today I would like to talk … Read more

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Editor's Tweet: SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher discusses the proper role of the federal government in corporate governance

Implications for the CFPB After the D.C. Circuit’s Recess Appointments Decision

A panel of three judges in the D.C. Circuit stunned Washington on Friday by striking down President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB in Noel Canning v. NLRB on a basis much more sweeping than had been anticipated. The two holdings in the decision cast doubt over the longstanding practice of intrasession recess appointment, which has been used especially frequently in the last two decades.

For financial institutions, the decision is of direct interest because it calls into question President Obama’s recess appointment that same day of Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB and, as a result, all of … Read more

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Editor's Tweet: Davis Polk's Tahyar, Yanes, and Guynn discuss the DC Circuit's recent decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB and the Implications for the CFPB.

Congressional Use of the Federal Securities Laws To Achieve Social and/or Foreign Policy Goals: Trend or Aberration?

Many domestic and foreign companies that file periodic reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) are now coming to grips with three novel and highly prescriptive disclosure requirements dictated by Congress. What distinguishes these new requirements from most, if not all, existing securities disclosure standards is their unique focus on achieving humanitarian and/or foreign policy objectives that are largely unrelated to the central purposes of the federal securities laws – the protection of investors and the facilitation of efficient capital formation and secondary market trading through full and fair disclosure. Two “miscellaneous” provisions of the Dodd-Frank … Read more

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Editor's Tweet: Cathy Dixon of Weil Gotshal discusses the new social benefit disclosure requirements: conflict minerals, resource extraction, Iran

Davis Polk’s January 2013 Dodd-Frank Progress Report

Yesterday, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP released its January 2013 Dodd-Frank Progress Report, which can be found here.  This report is one in a series of Davis Polk presentations that illustrate graphically the progress of the rulemaking work that has been done and is yet to occur under the Dodd-Frank Act. The Progress Report has been prepared using data from the Davis Polk Regulatory Tracker™, an online subscription service offered by Davis Polk to help market participants understand the Dodd-Frank Act and follow regulatory developments on a real-time basis.  Earlier blog posts about the progress report can be found … Read more

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Editor's Tweet: Margaret Tahyar and Gabriel Rosenberg of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP have posted about the January edition of the Dodd-Frank Progress Report

Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. Moderates Debate on Financial Innovation

Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. recently moderated a lively debate on financial innovation before a panel of experts including Congressman Barney Frank, The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, Nobel Laureate Robert Solow, and Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The full press release can be viewed here and the entire debate can be viewed here.… Read more

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Securities Class Actions Against Foreign Issuers

My recent article published in the Stanford Law Review Securities Class Actions Against Foreign Issuers addresses the fundamental question of whether, as a matter of good policy, it is ever appropriate that a foreign issuer be subject to the U.S. fraud-on-the-market private damages class action liability regime, and, if so, by what kinds of claimants and under what circumstances. The bulk of payouts under the U.S. securities laws arise out of fraud-on-the-market class actions—actions against issuers on behalf of secondary market purchasers of their shares for trading losses suffered as a result of issuer misstatements in violation of Rule 10b-5. … Read more

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Bipartisan Policy Center Urges Consistency in Implementation of the Volcker Rule

Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative working group on Capital Markets and the Volcker Rule sent a letter to the Treasury Department and the five federal financial regulators tasked with adopting Volcker Rule regulations. The letter responds to recent reports that the five federal financial regulators may not adopt a single, unified set of regulations.  It calls for one consistent Volcker rule and for a new public comment period for proposed regulations.

The initiative’s working group includes Professor John Coffee of Columbia Law School, Professor Jim Cox of Duke University School of Law, Annette Nazareth, a Partner … Read more

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The Political Economy of Dodd-Frank

For a number of years, commentators have noted that securities “reform” legislation seems to be passed only in the wake of major stock market crashes, with this pattern dating back to the South Sea Bubble. Some have argued that this pattern demonstrates the undesirability of such legislation, arguing that laws passed after a market crash are invariably flawed, result in “quack corporate governance” and “bubble laws,” and should be discouraged. Recently, this criticism has been directed at both the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. The forthcoming Cornell Law Review article, The Political Economy of Dodd-Frank: Why Financial Reform Tends Read more

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Editor's Tweet: Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. of Columbia Law School discusses why financial reform tends to be frustrated and systemic risk perpetuated

Binding Shareholder Say-on-Pay Vote in UK

In 2002, the UK began requiring an advisory shareholder vote on the annual executive and non-executive director compensation practices of UK-incorporated quoted companies (“UK Companies”). Eight years later, in July 2010, the US followed suit when President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), providing for an advisory say-on-pay vote for most large US public companies.

The UK government has now gone one step further by proposing to reform the approval process for director remuneration, including through the introduction of a binding shareholder vote for all UK Companies that must occur … Read more

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