ISDAfix Swap Rate Manipulation - Q&A The ISDAfix Benchmark Swap Rate Manipulation lawsuit involves 13 banks, all sued by Alaska Electrical Pension Board (AEPB) and other plaintiffs. The banks named are: Bank of America, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutschebank, Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of...

After 7 years of preparation, the UK courts are bringing individuals to trial as the LIBOR scandal heads to court.  SUSPICIOUS DEATHS & SUICIDES You may recall during 4Q13 and 1Q14 when 12 bankers committed suicide. The stories are as varied as they are sordid. The media...

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: THE REPEAL OF DODD-FRANK SECTION 716 Section 716, the "push out" rule, of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 was repealed as part of (read as: buried deep into) the budget bill late last year. There seems to be confusion as to what the repeal means....

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL SERVICE COMPANIES? When I consider the FSOC’s SIFI Designation for non-banks, I'm reminded of two things – the difference between banks & insurance companies, and the joke: “Do you know the difference between an elephant and a dozen eggs?”  “No, what’s the difference?” "Well,...

SIFI DESIGNATION FOR NON-BANK FINANCIAL COMPANIES The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) approves the non-bank financial institutions viewed as Significantly Important Financial institutions (SIFIs). SIFI Designation requires all eight regulators: OCC, FDIC, CFPB, FHFA, FRB, NCUA, CFTC & SEC, one independent member with insurance expertise, and...

By January 2015, China overtakes the US as the world’s largest economy, with China producing $17.6 trillion versus the US producing $17.4 trillion. Compare this to 2004 when China produced 1/3 of the United States. Financial Times estimates China accounts for 16.5% of the global economy,...

Proposed Margin Rules Last month, US Banking Regulators presented a new proposal for the collection, calculation, and segregation of margin for bilateral derivatives. The new US proposals are quite different from their original 2011 proposal, in light of the BCBS/IOSCO issuance of their 2013 final policy framework on...

Davis Polk’s Dodd-Frank Progress Report Those insightful, intelligent people at Davis Polk continue to put out some of the most concise and readable information on Dodd-Frank. 4th Anniversary Progress Report Enjoy the 4-Year Anniversary Edition of Polk’s Dodd-Frank Progress Report....