Gibson Dunn Discusses U.S. Banking Regulation of Confidential Supervisory Information

One of the thornier areas of law for U.S.-regulated banks and their holding companies is that regarding confidential supervisory information (CSI). U.S. regulators treat bank examination reports and related correspondence and materials, which are often the most useful sources of information about a financial institution, as the regulators’ own property, with parties subject to severe penalties for disclosing such information without prior regulatory approval.[1] Receiving approval is often a time-consuming process that may frustrate corporate transaction and litigation deadlines. In addition, each of the federal regulators – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the … Read more

Gibson Dunn Discusses Volcker Rule Revisions

Since it was enacted in July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act’s Volcker Rule has challenged banks and their regulators alike.  This is particularly the case with respect to its restrictions on proprietary trading.  It has been one thing for former Federal Reserve Chairman Volcker to state that “you know it when you see it,” quite another to formulate a regulation that accurately defines proprietary trading and implements a broad statutory directive across complex business operations.

On August 20, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Director Gruenberg dissenting, … Read more