Agencies Issue a Final Rule to Strengthen Resilience of Large Banks


On October 20, the federal bank regulatory agencies finalized the net stable funding ratio rule, which requires large banks to maintain a minimum level of stable funding relative to each institution’s assets, derivatives, and commitments over a one-year period. The rule aims to strengthen the resilience of large banks and their ability to lend across economic conditions. Release.

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS on Detailed Records of Financial Contracts under BRRD

On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (2014/59/EU) (BRRD). The Delegated Regulation deals with the regulatory technical standards (RTS) on a minimum set of the information on financial contracts that should be contained in the detailed records, together with the circumstances in which the requirement should be imposed (C(2016) 3356 final).

Following submission of draft RTS by the EBA in December 2015, the Commission is entitled, under Article 71 of the BRRD, to adopt delegated regulations which highlight the methodology for assessing the value of assets and liabilities of institutions or entities. The draft RTS state that, should the relevant conditions for resolution be satisfied, an institution must maintain detailed records of financial contracts where it is foreseen that resolution actions would be applied to the institution concerned. The Annex accompanying the Delegated Regulation highlights the minimum list of information on financial contracts.

It is now for the Council of the EU and the European Parliament to consider the Delegated Regulation. Subject to any objection, it will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ).

Agencies Propose Net Stable Funding Ratio Rule

On May 3, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a rule, the net stable funding ratio (the “NSFR”), to strengthen banks by requiring them to maintain a minimum level of stable funding relative to the liquidity of their assets, derivatives and commitments over a one-year period.  The most stringent of the NSFR’s requirements would apply to, among others, banking organizations with $250 billion or more in total consolidated assets.  The NSFR would become effective January 1, 2018.  ReleaseProposed Rule.

Fed Proposed Basel III Rules

On June 7, the Fed issued three notices of proposed rulemakings revising: (i) risk-based and leverage capital requirements; (ii) general risk-based capital requirements for determining risk-weighted assets; and (iii) the advanced approaches risk-based capital rule, each of which incorporate certain aspects of Basel III. The proposed rules are to be issued jointly with the FDIC and OCC, which are expected to issue the rules next week. Comments to the proposed rules must be submitted by September 7. Fed Memo. Fed Proposed Rule Risked-based and Leverage Capital Requirements. Fed Proposed Rule Standardized Approach. Fed Proposed Rule Advanced Approaches.