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Treasury Issues Regulatory Reform Recommendations for Banking Industry

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the first of a series of reports recommending regulatory reforms to the financial system consistent with President Trump’s Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.  Treasury’s first report focuses on the regulatory framework governing the depository system.  Notably, a substantial portion of … Continue Reading

House Passes CHOICE Act 2.0

The House of Representatives voted this afternoon to pass the Financial CHOICE Act (“CHOICE 2.0”), its comprehensive financial regulatory reform bill.  The key provisions of CHOICE 2.0 are summarized in our client alert of April 24, 2017, available here, although the bill has evolved somewhat since April.  As we wrote late last month, Representative Jeb … Continue Reading

Congressman Hensarling Removes Repeal of Durbin Amendment from CHOICE 2.0

On May 24, 2017, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, agreed to remove the repeal of the Durbin Amendment from the second discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE Act (“CHOICE 2.0”). The Durbin Amendment, an amendment to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act added by section 1075 of the Dodd-Frank … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bills Providing Regulatory Relief to Community and Midsize Banks Emerge in Senate

Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., introduced a bill today (S. 1139) that would raise the threshold for a banking organization to be subject to Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests (DFAST) to $50 billion in total consolidated assets from the current $10 billion threshold.  The bill, titled the Main Street Regulatory Fairness Act, would … Continue Reading

CHOICE Act 2.0: House Financial Services Committee Revises Regulatory Reform Bill

On April 19, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee released a new discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE Act, its comprehensive regulatory reform bill.  The Committee released the first version of the CHOICE Act in June 2016.  Buoyed by the election of a Republican president, and following several months of public and industry outreach, Committee … Continue Reading

Governor Tarullo Outlines Path to Regulatory Relief in Final Speech as Federal Reserve Board Member

On April 4, 2017, Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel K. Tarullo gave his final speech as a governor before his departure from the Board the next day.  Governor Tarullo, widely considered the “most influential Wall Street regulator” during his term as governor, took the lead for the Federal Reserve in developing the agency’s most significant … Continue Reading

Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on The Role of Financial Companies in Fostering Economic Growth

On March 28, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing entitled “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Companies.” Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the Chairman of the Committee, delivered opening remarks emphasizing the contribution of financial companies to the economy. He noted that smaller financial companies are underperforming compared to larger companies in part … Continue Reading

FDIC Vice Chairman Hoenig’s Proposal for Regulation of Financial Holding Companies

As has been widely reported, FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig put forward in remarks to the Institute of International Bankers on Monday, March 13, a “Market-Based Proposal for Regulatory Relief and Accountability” (the “Hoenig Proposal” or the “Proposal”).  If adopted, the Hoenig Proposal would substantially change the regulation of large and complex banking organizations doing … Continue Reading

House and Senate Panels Advance SEC Proposals

On March 9, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee conducted their first legislative mark-ups in the new Congress and approved bipartisan bills to amend several SEC-related laws.  Observers have speculated that the simultaneous advancement of this package of bipartisan bills in both chambers may indicate that key legislators are open to … Continue Reading

Europe and American Financial Regulatory Outlooks Could Diverge

As reported by Law360, European Central Bank (“ECB”) Executive Board Member and Supervisory Board Vice-Chair Sabine Lautenschläger suggested in a February 19 interview that the ECB intends to keep “European [banking] institutions on a tighter rein” than the United States appears to intend to do with domestic banks. Ms. Lautenschläger noted “it is imperative that … Continue Reading

President Trump Signs First Congressional Review Act Disapproval Resolution in 16 Years

On February 14, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a resolution nullifying a Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulation that required energy companies to disclose foreign payments. This marks the first successful use of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) procedure in 16 years, and only the second successful use since the statute passed in 1996.  Several … Continue Reading

House Freedom Caucus Takes Aim at Financial Regulations

On December 14, 2016, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows released a special report (the “Report”) detailing over 200 rules, regulations, and executive orders the Caucus recommends that President-Elect Donald Trump should examine, revoke, or issue in his first 100 days in office. The report targets for repeal a diverse set of regulations finalized or … Continue Reading

Congress and Advocacy Organizations Weigh in on PHH Case, SG to Follow

As we noted in a recent post, the CFPB has sought reconsideration of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In that decision, the D.C. Circuit ruled unconstitutional the provision of the Dodd-Frank Act establishing that the CFPB Director could be fired only “for cause,” … Continue Reading

Ag. Committee Chairman Tells Massad and CFTC “Pens Down” on Pending Rules

As we have noted in a recent client alert, the transition to the Trump administration is likely to have a significant impact on the regulatory agenda of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”). House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway wants to ensure that the status quo is preserved until such time as … Continue Reading

Post-Election Outlook: Derivatives Regulatory Agenda

On November 8, 2016, American voters elected Republican Donald J. Trump as President.  In addition, Republicans maintained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate.  As the campaign rhetoric fades into the background over the coming weeks and months, the business of transitioning to a new administration will begin in earnest.  The results of … Continue Reading

The PHH Decision May Restrict CFPB Rule-Making

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wrote a letter yesterday to CFPB Director Richard Cordray arguing that the D.C. Circuit’s recent opinion in PHH Corp. et al. v. CFPB requires the CFPB to abide by Executive Orders issued by the President.  As the letter notes, the PHH decision characterized the Bureau “as an … Continue Reading
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