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Recent changes in US regulation of large foreign banking organizations

Larry D. Wall (Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 10 July 2017




This paper aims to highlight some of the more important changes in US prudential regulation and their implications for the operation of large foreign banking organizations (FBOs) in the USA.


This paper begins with a summary of the regulatory status of FBOs prior to the crisis. It then discusses developments during the US financial crisis of 2007-2009 that motivated stricter US prudential regulation. The third part discusses some major post-crisis changes in prudential regulation. Finally, the paper considers two areas where important changes in US rules could not be applied in a straightforward manner to FBOs: non-bank financial subsidiaries and branches and agencies.


Most of the regulatory changes will enhance US financial stability, albeit in some cases at the cost of weakening FBOs consolidated risk management. However, a few of the regulatory changes have given foreign branches and agencies a significant competitive advantage in US money markets.


The paper provides an integrated analysis of both the why and the what of changes in US regulation with some discussion of the economic consequences.



Wall, L.D. (2017), "Recent changes in US regulation of large foreign banking organizations", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 318-332.



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