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NYDFS Requires COVID-19 Plans by April 9

On March 10, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued guidance to all of its regulated institutions engaged in virtual currency business activity, requiring them to have plans for preparedness to manage the possible operational and financial risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. NYDFS requires the plans to be submitted by Thursday, … Continue Reading

US banking regulators delay CECL adoption for some, but not all, banks

After industry groups stressed the need to adopt regulatory changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 27, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, the “Banking Agencies”) issued a joint press release announcing an interim final rule … Continue Reading

US financial regulators establish webpages on the COVID-19 pandemic

The US financial regulatory, consumer protection and enforcement supervisors are regularly issuing press releases and statements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of them has established special links to provide information to the public on its response to the pandemic. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: https://www.federalreserve.gov/covid-19.htm Commodity Futures Trading Commission: https://www.cftc.gov/coronavirus Conference of State … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve establishes Commercial Paper Funding Facility

As part of a comprehensive effort to alleviate strain on the commercial paper markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 17, 2020 the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) announced the creation of the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (“CPFF”). Similar to the CPFF program implemented in 2008, which was … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve announces TALF 2.0 to assist asset-backed issuers

On March 23, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) announced a wide array of actions intended to promote economic stability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including several different credit facilities. The Federal Reserve announced as one of these credit facilities a renewal of the Term Asset-Backed Securities … Continue Reading

US banking regulators weigh in on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

As with other US and non-US regulators, the US federal banking regulators (Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, collectively, the “US federal banking regulators”) have been issuing statements and providing guidance on the impact of the coronavirus on banking services. This blog posts covers some … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – ARRC releases recommended NY Legislation on LIBOR

Following up on our past posts on the transition away from the London Interbank Offering Rate (“LIBOR”), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, we discuss the proposal from the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) for New York legislation, which was published on March 6, 2020. The ARRC is a group of … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board finalizes rule to clarify and simplify “control” under the Bank Holding Company Act

On January 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board voted to finalize its April 2019 proposed rule to clarify and simplify the standards under which the Federal Reserve Board determines that one company controls a banking organization or another company. Our post on the April 2019 proposal may be accessed here. The final rule will be … Continue Reading

US Financial Stability Oversight Council finalizes its guidance on assessing systemic risk

On January 29, 2020, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)’s finalization of its guidance on how it would assess risks to the US financial system became effective. The Final Guidance, as did the proposed guidance, now focuses on an activities-based approach to assessing such risk, rather than focusing on identifying specific systemically important financial institutions … Continue Reading

“Crypto Mom” Proposes 3-Year Safe Harbor for Token Projects

In a speech to the International Blockchain Congress on February 6, 2020, Securities and Exchange (“SEC”) Commissioner Hester Peirce, sometime referred to as “Crypto Mom,” proposed a three-year safe harbor for virtual currency token projects.  The safe harbor would exempt (i) the offer and sale of tokens from the provisions of the Securities Act of … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – SFA Survey on Potential LIBOR Transition Solutions for Securitization Market Legacy Vehicles and Instruments

Following up on our past posts, in this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, we discuss a Structured Finance Association (“SFA”) survey with respect to potential LIBOR transition solutions in the securitization industry. The SFA is group of structured finance … Continue Reading

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Observations on Cybersecurity and Resiliency

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) shared observations from “thousands” of examinations on industry practices and approaches to managing and combating cybersecurity risk and the maintenance and enhancement of operational resiliency (the “Report”). The Report organizes its observations under seven categories consisting of: governance and risk management access … Continue Reading

FINRA issues its 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter

Earlier this month, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) released its annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter (“Priorities Letter”). This year’s letter includes several new features that are intended to “support” firms in their “significant efforts” to comply with applicable rules. Specifically, each highlighted topic includes a list of practical considerations and questions … Continue Reading

United States imposes additional Iranian sanctions

On January 10, 2020, the United States (US) imposed economic sanctions on: Iranian sectors that previously had not been specifically targeted, namely the construction, mining, manufacturing and textile sectors; Certain Iranian regime officials; Iran’s largest companies operating in the steel, iron, aluminum, and copper sectors ; and Non-Iranian entities for trade in Iranian metals. Norton … Continue Reading

SEC Issues FAQ on Regulation “Best Interest”

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets published responses to frequently asked questions that it has received on Regulation Best Interest (the “Reg. BI FAQ”). Regulation Best Interest (Securities Exchange Act Rule 15l-1) becomes effective June 30, 2020, and imposes a number of obligations on broker-dealers and natural persons associated with … Continue Reading

A Broker-Dealer Perspective on OCIE’s 2020 Examination Priorities

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its annual Examination Priorities report (the “Priorities Report”). As the name suggests, the Priorities Report outlines OCIE’s examination priorities for the coming year and is a must read for all registrants overseen by OCIE, including broker-dealers, registered advisers, municipal advisors, transfer … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition –Global and US Regulators Expectations on LIBOR Planning

Following up on our past posts, in this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, we discuss some recent issuances by global and US government regulators on the LIBOR transition. The LIBOR transition requires considerable work from all market participants and … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – Potential New York State Legislation

Following up on our past posts, this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, we discuss in this post the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) and its role in potential New York State legislation with respect to the LIBOR transition. As … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – ISDA Consultation Market Responses

Following up on our past posts, this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, we discuss in this post the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) Summary of Responses to the ISDA Consultation on Final Parameters for the Spread and Term … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – ARRC’s LIBOR Fallback Language for Residential Mortgages

Following up on our past posts, this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates (“IBOR”) denominated in other currencies, concerns the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”), and the adoption by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (which are US government-sponsored enterprises in the housing finance market) of … Continue Reading

US federal banking regulators issue final rules on prudential standards, liquidity and resolution planning

On Nov. 1, 2019, the US federal banking regulators published three final rules for both US banks and non-US banks with banking operations in the United States regarding prudential standards, liquidity management and resolution planning. In this edition of her New York Law Journal International Banking column, Kathleen A. Scott discusses the history of the … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – Tax consequences of switching from LIBOR

Following up on our past posts (available here and here) on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate), and other interbank offering rates denominated in other currencies (collectively with LIBOR, “IBOR”), we discuss in this post the US Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) proposed “Guidance on the Transition From Interbank Offered Rates to Other … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition – the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR)

Following up on our previous post of earlier this week, in this update on the transition away from LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate) as the reference rate of choice for financial transactions, we discuss one such alternative, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (”FRBNY”). On November … Continue Reading

The LIBOR Transition — What is LIBOR and why is it important?

Since its creation by the British Bankers Association in the 1980s, the London Interbank Offering Rate (“LIBOR”) has been used as a reference rate for borrowing costs between banks. The LIBOR calculation today is coordinated by the International Continental Exchange Benchmark Administration, which receives information on a daily basis from a group of global money … Continue Reading
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