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Basel Committee’s Oversight Body Endorses Revisions to Basel III Leverage and Liquidity Standards

Today, the Basel Committee’s oversight body, the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), endorsed a number of important proposed and final revisions to the Basel III capital and liquidity standards, including:

  • Revisions to the Basel III leverage ratio, which are intended to reflect agreement on a consistent measure of leverage “to overcome differences in national accounting frameworks” and to maintain the leverage ratio as a “backstop” to risk-based capital requirements;
  • Proposed changes to the Basel III net stable funding ratio (NSFR), for which the Basel Committee has released a consultative document;
  • Final Pillar 3 disclosures standards relating to the Basel III liquidity coverage ratio (LCR);
  • Revisions to the Basel III LCR providing that committed liquidity facilities of a type already recognized for jurisdictions with insufficient high-quality liquid assets (HQLAs) may have a role to play within the LCR framework; and
  • The Basel Committee’s strategic priorities for the next two years, which include ongoing monitoring and assessment of Basel III implementation; further examining the Basel framework’s balance between simplicity, comparability and risk sensitivity; and improving effectiveness of supervision.
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Welcome

Welcome to the Davis Polk Capital and Prudential Standards blog. This blog is created by the lawyers in the bank regulatory practice of Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. Its goal is to provide a central resource for the many ongoing regulatory changes that are reshaping bank capital and prudential requirements in the United States and abroad. We expect to post about key developments on an ongoing basis, and will include related Davis Polk memoranda, analysis, visuals, comparisons and other helpful materials whenever available.…  Read More

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Federal Reserve Advises Large Banking Organizations to Carefully Evaluate Certain Risk-Transfer Transactions

Today, the Federal Reserve issued a Supervision and Regulation letter (SR letter) entitled Risk Transfer Considerations When Assessing Capital Adequacy – Supplemental Guidance on Consolidated Supervision Framework for Large Financial Institutions.

The SR letter applies to U.S. bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with consolidated assets of $50 billion or more as well as foreign banking organizations with combined assets of U.S. operations of $50 billion or more (collectively, “large banking organizations”).

The purpose of the SR letter is to provide guidance on how certain risk transfer transactions affect assessments of capital adequacy at large banking organizations. …  Read More

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European Banking Authority Publishes Assessment of Basel Pillar 3 Disclosures by Large EU Banks

Today, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its assessment of the 2012 Basel Pillar 3 disclosures made by 19 EU banks.  The EBA concluded that overall, despite improvements in some specific areas, the banks’ compliance with disclosure requirements remains unchanged compared to last year’s assessment.  The report identifies examples of best practices that EU banks are encouraged to follow to improve the quality, consistency and comparability of their disclosures and their compliance with the regulatory requirements.

U.S. Pillar 3 Requirements:  Beginning in 2015, top-tier U.S.…  Read More

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Federal Reserve Makes Technical Revisions to Market Risk Capital Rule and U.S. Basel III

Today, the Federal Reserve issued a final rule that makes technical changes to the market risk capital rule to align it with the U.S. Basel III capital framework adopted by the Federal Reserve earlier this year.

The market risk capital rule is used by banking organizations with significant trading activities to calculate regulatory capital requirements for market risk.  The technical changes to the rule reflect modifications by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development regarding country risk classifications.  The revisions also clarify the criteria for determining whether underlying assets are delinquent for certain securitization positions in the trading book.  …  Read More

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Financial Stability Board Updates List of Global Systemically Important Banks (G-SIBs); Basel Committee Releases Data Relating to Methodology for Identifying G-SIBs

Today, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its annual update to the list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs).  The updated list is based on 2012 data and the revised assessment methodology for identifying G-SIBs issued by the Basel Committee in July 2013.  Please see below for a blackline of the 2013 list of G-SIBs against the 2012 list.

Data relating to G-SIB Assessment Methodology for Identifying G-SIBs:  In its revised assessment methodology for identifying G-SIBs, the Basel Committee announced that it will bring forward by one year to November 2013 the publication of the denominators used to calculate banks’ G-SIB scores, as well as the cut-off score and thresholds used to identify G-SIBs and allocate them to different G-SIB capital surcharge buckets. …  Read More

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