The financial services industry is subject to a regularly changing landscape of regulations and laws, driven in part by shifts in policy from regulators and lawmakers.

Goodwin’s FinReg + Policy Watch provides real-time updates and analyses focusing on regulation and policymaking. Issues are framed in an easy-to-digest manner, providing insight gained from our experience serving in key roles in government and advising clients across the industry.

Follow along as we deliver our take on the latest developments affecting the financial services community as well as the road ahead.

FinCEN Issues Final Rule to Require Anti-Money Laundering Program for Banks Lacking a Federal Functional Regulator

On September 14, FinCEN issued a final rule that requires minimum standards for anti-money laundering programs for banks lacking a federal functional regulator, including state chartered non-depository trust companies, private banks and non-federally insured credit unions. Under the final rule, these institutions will be required to establish and implement anti-money laundering programs,…

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SBA Issues Interim Final Rule Revising PPP’s Owner-Employee Compensation Rule and Clarifying Loan Forgiveness for Certain Non-Payroll Costs

On August 24, the SBA issued an interim final rule revising the PPP’s owner-employee compensation rule and clarifying loan forgiveness for certain non-payroll costs. Specifically, the interim final rule exempted owner-employees with less than a 5% ownership stake in a C- or S-Corporation from the owner-employee compensation rule’s limitations on the amount…

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SEC’s OCIE Issues Risk Alert Regarding Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks and Considerations for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

On August 12, the SEC’s OCIE issued a risk alert regarding its observations pertaining to COVID-19-related issues, risks and practices, including market volatility and higher risks of misconduct, relevant to SEC-registered investment advisers and broker-dealers (collectively, Firms). OCIE’s observations and recommendations fall broadly into the following six categories: (1) protection of investors’…

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SEC Proposes to Improve the Retail Investor Experience through Modernized Fund Shareholder Reports and Disclosures

On August 5, the SEC proposed modifying the disclosure framework for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (funds) registered on Form N-1A. The proposed modifications, which derive from the SEC’s investor experience initiative, would create a new layered disclosure regime that attempts to simplify disclosure and scale down the level of detail currently…

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Agencies Adopt Final Rule on the Orderly Liquidation of Covered Broker-Dealers under Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act

On July 24, the FDIC and SEC adopted a final rule required by the Dodd-Frank Act clarifying and implementing provisions relating to the orderly liquidation of certain brokers or dealers (covered broker-dealers) in the event the FDIC is appointed receiver under Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act. The FDIC and SEC developed…

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CFTC Approves Final Cross-Border Swaps Rule

On July 23, the CFTC adopted a final rule (Final Rule) under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) – CFTC Reg. § 23.23 – that (i) addresses the cross-border application of registration thresholds and certain “entity level” and “transaction level” requirements applicable to swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs), and (ii)…

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