Financial Stability Oversight Council

Two years ago, on July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law a package of financial regulatory reforms unparalleled in scope and depth since the New Deal. The Dodd-Frank Act was intended to restructure the regulatory framework for the US financial system, with broad and deep implications for the financial services industry where the crisis started. But its impact also was intended to be felt well beyond the financial sector, extending federal regulation into areas of corporate governance applicable to all US public companies.

Few provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act took effect in the summer of 2010. Instead, the specifics of the Act were intended to be developed through the federal rulemaking process, as the Act mandated the development and implementation of nearly 400 separate regulations to be enacted by, or coordinated among, nearly a dozen federal departments or agencies. To date, the deadlines for more than half of the required rulemakings have expired. But even with these delays, the last two years have witnessed the promulgation of more than 100 rules and the issuance of many additional proposed regulations for public comment. This Report discusses the many strides that have been made pursuant to the Act to date and forecasts what is yet to come.

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By Sylvia Mayer and Conray Tseng

On May 22, 2012, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) promulgated hearing procedures (“Procedures”) for, among others, non-bank financial companies and financial market utilities (“FMUs”) to contest the FSOC’s designation of such entities as systemically important.  In addition, the FSOC designated an initial list of FMUs.  The list of designated FMUs has not been disclosed.  Each of the FMUs will be notified of their designation and afforded an opportunity to contest it.  As a result, the Procedures were made effective immediately, but may be modified following a 60 day comment period. There is speculation that an initial list of non-bank financial companies is on the horizon, but timing is unknown.

By way of background, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the FSOC may designate certain non-bank financial companies and FMUs as systemically important, thus subjecting these entities to [click to continue…]

By Heath Tarbert, Sylvia Mayer and Derrick Cephas

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Click here for a PDF of the related article A SIFI in Three Easy Steps?  FSOC Approves Final Rule for Nonbank SIFI Designations appearing in The Banking Law Journal, May 2012

On April 3, 2012, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) voted to approve its long-awaited Final Rule implementing Section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the controversial provision that directs the federal government to identify systemically important financial institutions (“SIFIs”) outside the traditional banking sector that could pose a threat to the U.S. financial system.[1] Once designated by a two-thirds majority of the FSOC (including an affirmative vote of the Treasury Secretary), each “nonbank financial company,” often referred to in short-hand as a “nonbank SIFI,” would be placed under Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) supervision, as well as become subject to a host of enhanced prudential measures—including capital, liquidity, leverage, stress testing, resolution planning, and risk management requirements. The FSOC’s recent approval of the Final Rule—as well as its accompanying interpretive Guidance[2]—marks the start of an important first step in the application of enhanced SIFI regulation beyond large bank holding companies with assets of $50 billion or greater.[3]

The FSOC issued its Final Rule following consideration of over forty public comments to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”), released in October, 2011.[4]

Overview

The Final Rule establishes a three-step process comprising three individual “stages” by which the FSOC will apply two “Determination Standards” (one based on actual or potential material financial distress and the other based on the nature, scope, size, scale, concentration, interconnectedness or mix of activities) to analyze whether a company may pose a threat to the financial stability of the U.S., along with a six-category analytic framework to determine whether a company should be deemed a nonbank SIFI. In an effort to increase the transparency of the process, the FSOC issued accompanying Guidance providing additional [click to continue…]

Preparing for a New Environment for Compliance & Enforcement

New York Bankers Association Financial Services Forum

November 9-11, 2011, New York, NY, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel | Register Now

Derrick Cephas will be a speaker on the panel “Preparing for a New Environment for Compliance & Enforcement,” on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the New York Bankers Association Financial Services Forum. The event will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.

by David E. Wohl and Kira F. Stanfield

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) have announced the adoption of new rules under the Commodity Exchange Act and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) requiring SEC-registered investment advisers to private funds (including private equity funds, hedge funds and liquidity funds) to periodically file Form PF with the SEC.  The stated purpose of the new rules is to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) designed to assist the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (the “FSOC”) in monitoring potential systemic risks to the United States financial system.  As discussed below, the timing and types of information that an adviser is required to disclose on Form PF depends on whether such adviser manages private equity funds, hedge funds or liquidity funds and the size of those funds. [click to continue…]