Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Basel Committee Issues New Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has issued for consultation its revised Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision. The consultative paper updates the Committee's 2006 Core Principles document as well as the associated Core Principles Methodology, merging the two into a single comprehensive document. The revised set of twenty-nine Core Principles have also been reorganized to foster their implementation through a more logical structure, highlighting the difference between what supervisors do themselves and what they expect banks to do.
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Regulators Extend Comment Period for Volcker Rule Implementation

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

Treasury, the Fed, the FDIC, and the SEC have announced an extension of the comment period on the proposed regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Act's Volcker Rule provisions.  Originally set to expire on January 13, 2012, the comment period has been extended a month until February 13, 2012.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ISS Issues Whitepaper on Pay for Performance Methodology

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA
On December 20, ISS published its white paper laying out in detail the pay for performance methodology it will implement under its 2012 policy updates. The goal of the white paper is to help both institutional clients and the companies in which they invest more fully understand ISS’ pay-for-performance methodology in advance of the 2012 proxy season.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Schapiro: SEC to Focus on Proxy Advisory Firms and Beneficial Ownership Rules

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA
In her December 15, 2011 address before the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue, SEC Chairman, Mary L. Schapiro, stated that in response to comments received on the Commission's Proxy Plumbing concept release, the Commission is seriously considering providing guidance on how the federal securities laws should regulate the activities of proxy advisory firms, in addition to other key areas of proxy reform.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bank Board Structure and Performance

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA
The financial crisis has put a spotlight on the corporate governance structures of financial institutions, raising questions about whether the prevailing governance structures of banks are ineffective and whether implementing independence standards imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the major stock exchanges will improve bank governance. A recently published paper by Renee Adams, Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales, and Hamid Mehran of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, attempts to answer to this question by examining the relationship between board composition and size and bank performance.

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