Dodd-Frank, UK, EU & Other Regulatory Reforms

Our lawyers advise on the implementation and impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and EU/UK reforms, such as EMIR, AIFMD and CRD IV. It is not enough to be able to advise on issues with only a domestic perspective. Institutions need to understand how Dodd-Frank, the EU measures and local initiatives fit together into the global regulatory architecture. With our market-leading regulatory capabilities worldwide, we understand and communicate how the varying requirements complement or conflict with each other.

The Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing regulations will have a profound impact on financial institutions around the world for years to come. The Volcker Rule, the introduction of comprehensive regulation of swaps, and major changes to the existing regulatory regimes for securities and banking businesses are only some of the major topics that Dodd-Frank addresses. The Dodd-Frank Act implements the US legislative response to the financial crisis, building on measures agreed internationally at the G20 and developed further by the Financial Stability Board and Basel III. The specifics and interrelationship of the several titles of the Dodd-Frank Act are complex and can be daunting to institutions that are trying to determine how they can institute changes to their businesses to comply with requirements that often have not yet been laid out by regulators.

Similar reforms are taking place around the world. The EU has introduced the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) which implements the G20 reforms to the OTC derivatives markets, remuneration requirements, the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the new Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation (CRD IV). Other reforms are in the process of being finalized, such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II and related Regulation (MiFID II and MIFIR) and the proposed directive on Recovery and Resolution of financial institutions. The UK has developed its own version of Volcker in its “Vickers Report” which is now part of the Banking Reform Bill making its way through the UK legislative process.

Many of these initiatives are being implemented in localized form in Asia, Canada, Brazil and the rest of the world. Our lawyers, located in New York, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and other offices around the globe, have decades of experience in bank, securities, derivatives markets, broker-dealer, fund and fund management, custody, depository, exchange, clearing, settlement, insurance and reinsurance regulation. We provide an integrated global service to the whole range of financial market participants.

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Regulatory Reform Publications

The below client publications have alerted our clients about impending and current measures to implement the Dodd-Frank Act and the EU and UK regulatory reform initiatives. We also examine various legal issues in some detail. If you wish to review any of these items, they are available by clicking on the relevant title below. They are only intended to be a general discussion of the topics covered and should not be construed as legal advice. We would be pleased to provide additional details or advice about specific situations if desired.


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