The Regulatory Pendulum Swings Back: Fed Proposals for Board Governance and a Supervisory Rating System for Large Institutions

7 August 2017
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Key takeaways

  • On August 3, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB”) issued two sets of proposals: (1) a package of governance expectations intended to back away from the granular requirements and expectations that the FRB had increasingly imposed on boards of directors; and (2) a new large financial institutions rating system. The proposals are subject to a 60-day comment period.
  • Broadly speaking, these proposals indicate that the bank regulatory agencies are actively taking steps to re-calibrate the post-crisis framework to streamline and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, a welcome development for institutions large and small.
  • As a practical matter, these proposals indicate that banking organization boards will be able to shift their time commitments away from the details of regulatory and compliance issues and towards strategic oversight.