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26 02, 2024

DAILY022624

2024-02-26T16:36:24-05:00February 26th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

BIS: More Bank Competition Leads to Increased Credit Risk

A new BIS paper looks at a question critical to the debate over bank-merger policy:  the extent to which competition drives bank risk-based pricing decisions in corporate lending and, by extension, other credit markets.

OCC Proposes Changes to FOIA Procedures

The OCC today proposed several changes to its FOIA procedures, including allowing expedited processing requests and appeals of denials of these requests and those for fee waivers.

Warren, Progressives Expand Blast on CapOne/Discover Deal to Encompass OCC Merger Proposal

Following other Democratic attacks on the CapOne/Discover merger and her own, Sen. Warren (D-MA) continued her challenge in a letter also signed by twelve House Democrats.

CFPB Takes Precedent-Setting Step Bringing Nonbanks Under Supervision

The CFPB late Friday released its first contested finding that a nonbank is subject to its supervision following the establishment in 2022 of a process for bringing nonbanks under its supervisory wings (see FSM Report CONSUMER44).

Senate Republicans Introduce Anti-CBDC Bill

Sen. Cruz (R-TX) alongside Sens. Hagerty (R-TN), Scott (R-FL), Budd (R-NC) and Braun (R-IN) today introduced a bill to prohibit the Fed from directly or indirectly issuing a CBDC or even using CBDC as a monetary-policy tool.

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25 07, 2023

FedFin Analysis: U.S. Merger Policy

2023-07-25T17:18:51-04:00July 25th, 2023|The Vault|

Building on a request for comment, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have now proposed specific revisions to U.S. merger policy that significantly redirect the manner in which M&A transactions – even if only for minority positions – will be considered.  Although this is only a draft statement, it tracks much of what President Biden laid out in his 2021 executive order on U.S. competition policy and actions since then by the DOJ and the FTC.  As a result, the guidelines are more of a roadmap providing clarity than a new approach unless the final version differs substantively in any major way or future Administrations adopt a different policy.  Near-term U.S. merger policy makes it considerably more difficult to finalize horizontal, vertical, and even minority holdings, a challenge likely to be particularly acute in U.S. financial services where government agencies believe there is …

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24 07, 2023

MERGER12

2023-07-24T17:03:59-04:00July 24th, 2023|1- Financial Services Management|

U.S. Merger Policy

Building on a request for comment, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have now proposed specific revisions to U.S. merger policy that significantly redirect the manner in which M&A transactions – even if only for minority positions – will be considered.  Although this is only a draft statement, it tracks much of what President Biden laid out in his 2021 executive order on U.S. competition policy and actions since then by the DOJ and the FTC.  As a result, the guidelines are more of a roadmap providing clarity than a new approach unless the final version differs substantively in any major way or future Administrations adopt a different policy.  Near-term U.S. merger policy makes it considerably more difficult to finalize horizontal, vertical, and even minority holdings, a challenge likely to be particularly acute in U.S. financial services where government agencies believe there is undue concentration in banking, payment, private-equity, and other sectors.  The clarity and specifics of the guidelines will give firms a clearer understanding of obstacles to possible transactions as well as risks to those that have been previously consummated.  However, the guidelines are statements of agency policy based on their read of law, not a binding legal action.  As a result, merger participants who believe that their transactions were unduly denied and companies ordered to shed certain operations may still seek legal redress in the courts.

MERGER12.pdf

10 02, 2023

DAILY021023

2023-02-10T17:02:31-05:00February 10th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waller Reiterates Fed’s Wary Cryptoasset Policy

In remarks today, FRB Governor Waller reiterated the Fed’s wary approach to cryptoassets, repeating the Fed’s requirements (see FSM Report CRYPTO31) for banks that wish to engage with crypto customers or activities.  Following the collapse of FTX and its ripple effect on banks such as Silvergate (see Client Report CRYPTO38), Mr. Waller stressed that banks engaging with crypto customers must have a thorough understanding of their client’s business models, risk management systems and corporate governance.

Hsu Reprises, Expands Bank Merger Reform

In remarks today, the OCC Chief Counsel on behalf of Acting Comptroller Hsu stressed the need to update competition metrics, financial stability considerations, and community assessments in bank merger reviews, but gave no indication of when new merger policy may be finalized.  Mr. Hsu argued that while HHI is an objective and transparent metric, it is no longer suitable for measuring competition because its deposit share-based approach fails to capture the competitive effect of nonbanks and online banking.

FHFA Outlines Substantive FHLB Reform Agenda

As anticipated earlier this week, FHFA Director Thompson today called the status quo of the FHLB system unacceptable and said that FHFA will make “meaningful” recommendations to improve the sector.  This will take shape in a report following completion of FHFA’s roundtable series concluding in March.  FHFA’s report will make statutory recommendations to Congress and lay out its own regulatory objectives, perhaps starting with an ANPR and/or regulatory guidance or supervisory actions.

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16 12, 2021

FedFin: Bank Merger Policy

2023-05-22T16:11:59-04:00December 16th, 2021|The Vault|

Released in a highly-controversial fashion (see below) by two Democrats on the FDIC’s board, this RFI posits the need for a significant review of mergers involving insured depository institutions (IDIs) due to many changes in the financial industry and, so it says, the lack of substantive competitive analysis over past decades even of the largest transactions.

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16 12, 2021

MERGER9

2023-05-22T16:12:11-04:00December 16th, 2021|1- Financial Services Management|

Bank Merger Policy

Released in a highly-controversial fashion (see below) by two Democrats on the FDIC’s board, this RFI posits the need for a significant review of mergers involving insured depository institutions (IDIs) due to many changes in the financial industry and, so it says, the lack of substantive competitive analysis over past decades even of the largest transactions.

MERGER9.pdf

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