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Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Act will have a major and lasting impact on the financial condition and operations of US banks, nonbank financial institutions, and non-US banking organizations and other financial services organizations.

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Mayer Brown’s Dodd-Frank Experience
Since the inception of the financial crisis in 2008, Mayer Brown lawyers have worked closely with our financial institution and trade association clients on the regulatory response.  We represented clients in the legislative phase leading up to the enactment of Dodd-Frank and have continued to work on initiatives to obtain needed amendments to the legislation, including preparing and delivering testimony before Congressional committees.  We have been even more active on behalf of our clients during  the regulatory implementation phase of Dodd-Frank, including drafting many comment letters on major initiatives such as the Volcker Rule, new derivatives regulations, changes affecting the securitization industry, regulatory capital rules, and changes to the US securities laws. 

We are currently advising many of our US and non-US financial services clients on implementation of the full gamut of Dodd-Frank requirements, ranging from new consumer regulations to heightened prudential standards.  We have developed several user-friendly and tailored tools that our clients use to manage these tasks, including matrices of Dodd-Frank regulations and a Volcker Rule assessment chart.

Annual Dodd-Frank Seminars

June 3, 2015
The Continuing Impact of Dodd-Frank

Mayer Brown’s sixth annual Dodd Frank seminar, was an in-depth discussion of some of the most significant recent developments, as well as projections of what’s to come, including highlighting some key EU developments. The seminar addressed such topics as:

  • Volcker Rule developments
  • Derivatives regulation—what remains to be done
  • Evolving capital standards and market responses
  • Recent developments in securitization
  • Key developments in the EU including extraterritorial impact of EMIR and MiFID, restructuring proposals and the capital markets union
  • Contending with litigation and enforcement risk

Program agenda
Panel 1 - The Volcker Rule
Panel 2 - Derivatives Regulation
Panel 3 - Key Developments in the European Union
Panel 4 - Developments in Bank Regulation
Panel 5 - Contending with Litigation and Enforcement Risk
Panel 6 - Securitization and Regulatory Update 

Panelist biographies

June 18, 2014
The Continuing Impact of Dodd-Frank

Mayer Brown’s fifth annual Dodd-Frank seminar in New York discussed of some of the most significant Dodd-Frank-related developments, as well as a preview of what’s to come. Topics addressed in this complimentary seminar included:

  • Derivatives regulation
  • The Volcker Rule
  • Section 165 enhanced prudential standards, non-bank SIFIs and capital developments
  • Recent developments affecting securitization
  • The international response
  • Contending with the “new normal”: regulatory, supervisory and enforcement challenges in the post-Dodd-Frank environment

June 26, 2013
The Continuing Impact of Dodd-Frank

Mayer Brown hosted its fourth annual Dodd-Frank seminar in New York.  The seminar addressed such topics as:

  • Derivatives regulation, including updates on Dodd-Frank cross-border guidance and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation and next steps regarding regulatory and legislative developments
  • The Volcker Rule, including how banks are addressing the good faith conformance planning requirement, what can be expected in the final regulations and alternative proposals in the UK and EU
  • Developments in bank regulation, including “living wills,” enhanced prudential standards for US and non-US SIFIs, derivatives push-out and regulatory capital developments
  • Current trends and expectations in the residential mortgage market, including CFPB’s mortgage-related rules, state licensing and enforcement activities and the potential impact of Basel III capital requirements
  • Other cross-border and international issues, including changes to EU legislation, the financial transactions tax, recent Supreme Court cases concerning extraterritorial application of US law and recent developments affecting asset turnover, such as the Koehler doctrine
    The impact of Dodd-Frank on securitization transactions, including risk retention, rating agency reforms, disclosure requirements, and the Basel Committee’s proposed revisions to its securitization capital framework 

June 26, 2012
The Continuing Impact of Dodd-Frank

Mayer Brown’s third annual seminar provided an overview of some of the most significant developments of the last year as well as a preview of what’s to come in the next few months.  Topics addressed included:

  • Implementation of the Volcker Rule, including practical implications of the Federal Reserve’s recent conformance period guidance
  • Developments in derivatives regulation
  • Important new prudential requirements, including enhanced capital and other standards applicable to systemically significant institutions
  • The Dodd-Frank Act’s impact on securitization
  • The role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its recent activities
  • Related extraterritorial, cross-border, and international issues arising in connection with these various requirements

July  27, 2011
Dodd-Frank: One Year Later


Mayer Brown’s second annual seminar discussed some the some of the most significant developments since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act. The program also included a special presentation by Mayer Brown partner Richard Rosenfeld, the former Chief Investigative Counsel with the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Topics addressed included:

  • The Volcker Rule
  • Bank regulation and structure, including the emerging new requirements for systemically important financial institutions
  • The impact of the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
  • Derivatives
  • Securitization
  • Key issues for the next 6–12 months

July 12, 2010
Understanding the New Financial Reform Legislation

The Dodd Frank financial reform legislation made massive changes to existing US law and profoundly affected banks, insurance firms, broker-dealers, investment managers, private funds, non-bank financial firms and others involved in financial activities in both US and non-US markets. This seminar provided an overview of the significant impact this historic legislation on US and global financial markets.  Topics addressed included:

  • Bank proprietary trading and private fund activities (“The Volcker Rule”)
  • Bank regulation and structure, including capital requirements
  • Securities markets and investors, including securitization
  • Consumer financial services
  • Derivatives
  • Private funds
  • The regulation of systemically significant companies
  • The resolution scheme for leading financial firms

Read our Comprehensive Analysis of the Dodd-Frank Act

View Video from our first annual seminar here.

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