Financial Services Spotlight

March and April 2017 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on May 26, 2017 12:00:00 AM


Donald Trump has made this newsletter obsolete. This covers two months and there are almost no new or even proposed rules. In fact, I am covering developments that in the past were deemed so picayune that I would have left them out. The CFPB has published 30 pages of corrections and elaborations to a rule that was “finalized” in 2015—will it ever end.

Read More

Special Report on Donald Trump’s Effect on Regulatory Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Apr 28, 2017 9:21:00 AM

Donald Trump was not kidding when he said he was going to stem the tide of new regulations affecting American businesses. The effect in the banking area has been an astounding collapse in activity at the banking agencies. During the first four months of 2017 there has been a dramatic reduction in new and proposed regulations. A comparison to 2016 will highlight these differences across the 10 federal agencies that we follow in order to prepare the regulatory newsletter.

Read More

Potential Lessons for Third Wave Resolution Plan Filers - Resolution Plan Comments by the Fed and FDIC on the Second Wave’s Plans

Posted by Roy Andersen on Mar 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Up to this point, the regulators in charge of the Resolution Plan process have focused only on the mega banks and have left the second and third wave filers alone. However, today, the Fed published comment letters on 16 second wave (banks with between $100 and $250 billion in nonbank assets) resolution plans that were filed in 2015 and some of the comments may provide suggestions on the types of steps that third wave filers could consider in order to demonstrate proactive resolution planning. 

Read More

February 2017 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Mar 1, 2017 3:07:00 PM


Donald Trump may make this newsletter obsolete. Further to the Trump effect on regulations: before January 23—the first government business day after the Inauguration—there were 7631 pages of new and proposed regulations under the auspices of the Obama administration. In the next 30 days, under the Trump regime only 3666 pages of new proposed and final regulations made it into the Federal Register. This is almost a 75% reduction in Federal Register page count so something is afoot. Not a single new or proposed rule worth mentioning was published since February 8. I was concerned at one point that the regulatory output was so low that no February report could be prepared—luckily, Trump himself is responsible for 50% of this report.

Read More

January 2017 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Jan 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM


A Donald Trump effect was apparent with the January 26th Federal Register-- it was one of the shortest Federal Register volumes seen in some time—even the pre-holiday Registers sport more pages.  The CFPB published a rule requiring incentive programs for sales of consumer products be subject to extraordinary controls adapted to such sales campaigns.  These would be in addition to and perhaps duplicative of the requirements of primary federal regulators. 

Read More

Topics: OFAC, CFPB, CFTC, Sudan Sanctions, Incentive Sales Programs, Loss Absorbing Capacity

December 2016 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Jan 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM


The banking agencies did not appear to be participating in the supposed frenzy of rulemaking that has been prompted by the Trump election. In one of the few instances in history where powers of banks were actually reduced, banks were restricted in their dealings with industrial metals.  The CFTC proposed and adopted a variety of year-end regulations including related to position limits and aggregation of positions.  Big banks are bearing the brunt of regulatory focus including new final  rules on deposit account recordkeeping and disclosure of liquidity coverage. 

Read More

Topics: Iran, Foreign Securities, National Banks, Qualified Financial Contracts, Small Banks, NCUA

Comptroller of the Currency Finalizes Regulation Prohibiting Purchasing Industrial or Commercial Metals

Posted by Roy Andersen on Dec 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

On December 28, 2016, the OCC posted its final rule to prohibit national banks from dealing in or investing in industrial or commercial metals.[1]  This rule was proposed by the OCC in September 2016, and was approved in substantially the same form as the proposal.

Read More

Topics: Commercial Metals, Purchasing, Banking, Industrial Metals, Copper, National Banks, OCC

Action Required Under the Volcker Rule by January 22, 2017

Posted by Roy Andersen on Dec 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Action Required Under the Volcker Rule by January 22, 2017.

Late Monday afternoon, the Fed announced that banks may seek an extension of time (up to five years) to hold and presumably arrange to sell their investments in or holdings of so-called “illiquid funds” that were made impermissible under the Volcker Rule.  Under the most recent relief before Monday, these investments had to be “conformed” or sold by July 21, 2017.  Many banks and banking interest groups had complained to the Fed that a variety of hedge funds and private equity funds were sold and operated to invest in “illiquid” assets and that forced sales of such investments before maturity would be a financial burden.

Read More

Topics: Dodd-Frank, Banking, Illiquid Funds, Investment, Volcker Rule

November 2016 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Dec 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM


The CFPB issued another mega-rule on prepaid accounts—subjecting the industry to hundreds of pages of new rules.  Flood insurance rules were changed to accept private flood insurance coverage.  North Korea was named as a country of primary money laundering concern and this triggers certain actions for banks.

Read More

Topics: Sudan, North Korea, Iran, CFTC, Liberia, Regulation I, Consumer Compliance Rating System

October 2016 Developments

Posted by Roy Andersen on Nov 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM


The SEC adopted proposed and final rules regarding the activities of and definitions of clearing agencies.  Relations with Burma and Cuba continue to be eased.  The CFTC has promulgated proposed rules on implementing its cross border rules on corporate practices.  The banking agencies published proposed rules on cyber security.

Read More

Topics: SEC, Cuba, Qualifying Master Netting Agreements, RESPA, Burma, Covered Clearing Agencies

About the Spotlight

The Financial Services Spotlight examines the regulatory and technology developments impacting banks, asset managers and other financial services providers—where challenges meet opportunities.


Meet the Authors

Roy C. Andersen, of counsel in Sullivan & Worcester's New York office, is a member of the Corporate Department. Mr. Andersen focuses on bank regulatory and compliance matters, including international banks and their branches and agencies in New York.

Joel Telpner, partner in the firm's New York office, is a seasoned advisor, strategist and problem solver. Mr. Telpner brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution, and a venture capitalist. He is recognized for his ability to deftly manage complex financial transactions, especially those involving sophisticated structured finance and derivatives matters and has an extensive and unique combination of transactional and regulatory experience.

Subscribe to the Spotlight

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all