Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Prudential Regulation in an Age of Protectionism

The regulation of bank capital and liquidity has been in sharp focus ever since the financial crisis of 2008-09. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS”) has led the work internationally to develop a revised set of capital and liquidity standards to update the then existing Basel II accord. These standards, dubbed Basel III, have to a large extent been adopted and enacted in the world’s major jurisdictions, including the United States and the European Union.

The development of Basel III did not complete the mandate given to the BCBS by the G20 to overhaul bank capital and liquidity. As … Read more

Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses NY Guidance on Banks’ Incentive Pay

The New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) issued a guidance memorandum on October 11[1] requiring regulated New York-chartered banking institutions to align their incentive compensation practices with the general principles laid out in the Interagency Guidance on Sound Incentive Compensation Policies issued in 2010 (the “2010 Interagency Guidance”).[2] Specifically, the Department’s guidance requires that incentive compensation arrangements, at a minimum, (1) appropriately balance risk and rewards, (2) be compatible with effective controls and risk management, and (3) be supported by effective corporate governance. The Department published this guidance on the heels of the record $100 … Read more

Debevoise & Plimpton discusses New York’s Proposed Cyber Regulations

On September 13, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS” or the “Department”) issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) designed to guard against the onslaught of cyber-attacks faced by banks, insurance companies and other financial services providers.[1] Billed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as a means to assure that regulated banks and insurance companies “protect consumers and ensure that [their] systems are sufficiently constructed to prevent cyber-attacks to the fullest extent possible,” the Proposed Regulations provide a baseline with respect to companies’ cybersecurity practices regardless of the size, nature or complexity of the business.[2] Though they mirror … Read more

Debevoise & Plimpton discusses the Proposed Leverage Coverage Ratio (LCR) Rule

The following is based on a memo from Debevoise & Plimpton, published on November 1, 2013, which is available here.  The original memo contains a useful graphic representation of the LCR equation which has been omitted from this post.

On October 24, the Federal Reserve, followed on October 30 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) (collectively, the “Agencies”), released a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would apply a Liquidity Coverage Ratio (the “LCR”) to certain

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Debevoise discusses SEC Amendments to Financial Responsibility and Custody Rules

On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules with respect to broker-dealer financial responsibility and custody. The rules came in two separate rulemakings. The first concerns amendments to SEC Rules 15c3-1 and 15c3-3 (and related “books and records” and notification rules).[1] The second concerns new broker-dealer notification and audit requirements with respect to custody activities.[2]  In summary, the new rules and amendments:

  • Amend Rule 15c3-1 to, inter alia, clarify the regulatory capital treatment of (i) liabilities assumed by third parties, (ii) capital infusions that are, or are permitted to be, withdrawn within one year of

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