from Financial Regulatory Forum:

U.S. banks and Brexit: ‘keep calm and carry on’ while planning for contingencies

June 28, 2016

The venerable English phrase, "keep calm and carry on," might be appropriate for U.S. financial institutions as they grapple with unfolding drama of Britain’s separation from the European Union. With uncertainty clouding the timing, the broad shape and the ultimate fine print of the divorce proceedings, U.S. firms will need to consider a series of contingency options regarding their future operations in Europe. However, the greatest immediate test for compliance and risk management across all firms will be the likelihood of continued market volatility and possibility of improper conduct.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

UK sets sights on insurance-linked securities market rich in U.S. investors

June 22, 2016

By Lawrence Hsieh, Practical Law for Regulatory Intelligence

(NEW YORK) - One of the most intriguing questions for meteorologists — and insurers — at the beginning of this hurricane season is whether the United States is due another big one. It has been about four years since Sandy, and more than 10 years since the Big Four of 2005 (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) made landfall.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

Q&A: Occupy the SEC’s top lawyer, on post-Volcker banking and reform agenda

March 8, 2016

By Lawrence Hsieh, Practical Law for Regulatory Intelligence

(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) - New Jersey attorney Akshat Tewary, a founder of the financial reform group Occupy the SEC (OSEC), says fighting on the side of the "99 percent" is an uphill battle, but he can cite successes and a continuing effort to influence industry regulation.

from Breakingviews:

Caixabank finds neat way to conserve capital

December 4, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

COLUMN: Picture set to clarify for captive reinsurance regulatory muddle

November 24, 2015

By Lawrence Hsieh, Practical Law

NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters) - The regulatory environment for captive reinsurance, the technique used by life insurance companies to leverage statutory reserves seen as redundant and free up capital for other purposes, may soon come to a head after being in flux since 2013 .

from Breakingviews:

Too-big-to-fail rules make banking less global

November 9, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

U.S. industry group balks at higher capital standards for insurance companies

September 2, 2015

A U.S. financial services trade group has urged industry regulators to reject additional capital requirements for big insurance firms, as proposed by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.

from Breakingviews:

Deutsche Bank revamp puts capital ahead of returns

April 27, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

Shortcomings seen in U.S. nonbank systemic-risk process for insurers

April 21, 2015

Critics of the the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of nonbanks as systemically important got a chance last month to point to what they viewed as shortcomings in its approach, while also offering clues for possible improvements, during a U.S. Senate hearing on the issue. 

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

Uncertainty over resolution regime may hamper loss-absorbency standard for big banks

March 18, 2015

Even as international standards slowly take shape for total loss absorbency capacity (TLAC) – key element of the regulatory effort to end the perception that major banks are "too-big-to-fail" - pe the end of a consultation period last month left uncertainty lingering over restrictions on many of its provisions, and more importantly, the context in which it would operate.