Volcker Rule: Temporary Relief for Foreign Excluded Funds

24 July 2017
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Key takeaways

  • On Friday, the Federal Reserve and other federal banking agencies (the “Agencies”) issued interpretive relief from the Volcker Rule’s requirements for “foreign excluded funds.”
  • In short, the relief provides that for a one-year period, until July 21, 2018, a non-U.S. banking entity subject to the Volcker Rule may control a qualifying foreign excluded fund without having the activities of the fund being subject to the Volcker Rule’s prohibitions.
  • The relief also resembles many aspects of an approach that we and our clients advocated the Agencies adopt. The Agencies are continuing to consider a long-term approach to this issue, which may be implemented as a part of broader regulatory reform efforts.