On December 17, 2009, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Committee”) released for public comment a series of detailed and far-reaching proposals designed to strengthen the Basel II capital framework and improve the banking industry’s ability to withstand future financial and economic stress. The proposal, Strengthening the resilience of the banking sector (the “Capital Reform Proposal” or “Proposal”), constitutes a key element of the Committee’s effort to apply lessons learned from the recent financial crisis.