Investment Banks

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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On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act).  The new legislation enlarges the menu of choices that private companies will have to raise capital while also reducing the burdens on “emerging growth companies” that ultimately resort to the public markets.  It also offers benefits for private investment funds. Many aspects of the JOBS Act are effective immediately; others require rulemaking by the SEC, generally on an expedited basis.

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The October 25, 2011 webinar titled “The Volcker Rule’s Impact on Private Funds: Recent Rulemakings and Market Trends” is now available on demand.

The program featured Weil’s Harvey Eisenberg, Derrick Cephas, and Heath Tarbert and addressed recent and forthcoming rules pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act’s Volcker Rule (Section 619) whereby large, systemically important banks will have to divest certain fund operations.

Systemic Risk: The Age of SIFIs and GSIBs

The Clearing House’s First Annual Business Meeting & Conference

November 9-10, 2011, New York Palace Hotel, New York, NY | Register Now

Weil’s Heath Tarbert is scheduled to appear as a panelist at The Clearing House’s First Annual Business Meeting & Conference, to be held on November 9-10 at the New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY. The conference will examine the commercial banking regulatory and payments landscape in the post-Dodd-Frank era, as well as other related legal and tax issues. Mr. Tarbert’s panel will discuss current Dodd-Frank rulemakings pertaining to the Orderly Liquidation Authority, Title II, Early Remediation, and resolution planning, or “living wills.”

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.