On April 30, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a report providing the results of annual stress tests Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are required to undergo under the Dodd-Frank Act. The report provide updated information on possible ranges of future financial results for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under severely adverse economic conditions. Press Release. Report.
On January 14, the SEC adopted new rules that will require security-based swap data repositories (SDRs) to register with the SEC and prescribe reporting and public dissemination requirements for security-based swap transaction data. The SEC also proposed certain additional rules, rule amendments and guidance related to the reporting and public dissemination of security-based swap transaction data. The rules implement Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. The new rules will become effective 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. Release.
On November 12, FDIC released the economic scenarios that will be used by financial institutions with total assets of more than $10 billion for stress tests required under the Dodd-Frank Act. Press Release.
On September 23, the SEC amended interim final temporary Rule 15Ba2-6T, which provides for the temporary registration of municipal advisors under the Exchange Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, extending the date on which Rule 15Ba2-6T will sunset from September 30, 2013, to December 31, 2014. Release.
On September 18, the SEC unanimously adopted permanent registration rules for municipal advisors as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The new rule requires an advisor to permanently register with the SEC if it provides advice to state and local governments on the issuance of municipal securities, about certain “investment strategies,” or on municipal derivatives. The new rules will supersede current temporary registration rules and will become effective 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. Press Release.
On August 30, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed down its decision in United States v. Vilar, which unequivocally limits the U.S. government’s ability to use Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in criminal prosecutions involving extraterritorial conduct. No. 10-521-CR (2d Cir. Aug. 30, 2013). In so doing, the court made clear that the Supreme Court’s territorial limitation on private securities fraud actions, originally set forth in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 130 S. Ct. 2869 (2010), also applies to criminal prosecutions. While the Dodd-Frank Act may in the future affect the scope and longevity of the Vilar decision, at least for the time being, Vilar makes it all the more difficult for U.S. prosecutors to pursue securities fraud where the purchase or sale of securities occurred outside the U.S. For the complete Orrick alert, please click here.
On May 17, pursuant to Sections 721, 723 and 733 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC approved final rules governing the registration and operation of swap execution facilities (SEFs). The final rules implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s new statutory framework that, among other requirements, adds a new Section 5h to the CEA regarding the registration of SEFs and adds a new Section 2(h)(8) to the CEA concerning the execution of swaps on SEFs. The final rules will become effective 60 days following publication in the Federal Register; however, compliance is required with most provisions of the final rules 120 days following publication. CFTC Fact Sheet. CFTC Final Rule.