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This week, the three federal banking agencies and the SEC approved for comment a proposed regulation implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, more generally known as the 'Volcker Rule.' The 298-page proposal has yet to be published in the Federal Register, but the agencies have already agreed to an extended comment period for the proposal - running until January 13, 2012 - given the subject matter's significance. Effective July 21, 2012, the Volcker Rule restricts proprietary trading activities and investing in or sponsoring of private equity funds by 'banking entities' - defined by statute to include FDIC-insured depository institutions, bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, other entities that control an FDIC-insured depository institution, and foreign banks that are regulated as if they are bank holding companies under the International Banking Act