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Dodd-Frank Concentration Limit on Financial Institution M&A Transactions: Visual Memorandum

The Federal Reserve has issued a proposal to implement the financial sector concentration limit in Section 622 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The concentration limit generally prohibits a financial company from merging or consolidating with, acquiring all or substantially all of the assets of, or otherwise acquiring control of another company if the “liabilities” of the resulting financial company, calculated using methodologies in the proposal, exceed 10% of aggregate financial sector liabilities. We have prepared a visual memorandum (available here) that uses diagrams, formulas, tables and examples to illustrate key aspects of the Federal Reserve’s concentration limit proposal.…  Read More

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Summary and Blackline of OCC’s Proposed Revisions to National Bank and Federal Savings Association Licensing Rules

We have prepared a summary and blackline (available here) of the OCC’s proposed changes to its rules for national banks and federal savings associations relating to policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions (“licensing rules”).

Background: The Dodd-Frank Act transferred to the OCC all functions of the former Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) relating to federal savings associations. With a few exceptions, the OCC currently has one set of rules applicable to national banks and another set of rules applicable to federal savings associations, or, where appropriate, to all savings associations.…  Read More

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Basel Committee Chair Discusses Liquidity Risk Management

The Chairman of the Basel Committee, Stefan Ingves, delivered a speech entitled Liquidity risk management – the LCR and beyond. In addition to discussing the Basel III liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) and net stable funding ratio (NSFR), Chairman Ingves reminded banks that “the LCR and NSFR are not meant to be the first line of defence against banks’ liquidity problems.” He observed that “the LCR and NSFR are relatively simple quantitative measures that cannot hope to fully capture the many nuances of liquidity risk that a bank may face” and that “[b]anks must develop a range of quantitative and qualitative controls for themselves to ensure that they are prepared for the volatility in their cash flows that is inherent in the complexity of banks’ business models.” In this context, Chairman Ingves discussed the Basel Committee’s Principles for sound liquidity risk management and supervision and concluded by stating that:

“The first line of defence against the impact of future liquidity shocks on the banking system is stronger risk management by banks themselves. Read More

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Federal Reserve Governor Tarullo Discusses Removal of Internal Ratings-Based (IRB) Approach to Regulatory Capital

Today, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo delivered a speech that, among other things, argued for discarding the advanced internal ratings-based (IRB) approach for calculating risk-based capital requirements.  Currently, under U.S. Basel III, the advanced IRB approach applies to U.S. banking organizations with at least $250 billion in total consolidated assets or at least $10 billion in on-balance-sheet foreign exposures.  Governor Tarullo also argued for increasing the $50 billion applicability threshold for Dodd-Frank enhanced prudential standards to a higher asset level, such as $100 billion. …  Read More

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