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Regulating liquidity Oliver Ireland, Morrison & Foerster; Tom Young, IFLR The adoption in the US and abroad of new liquidity requirements have had a significant impact on financial institutions. The liquidity coverage ratio and the proposed net stable funding ratio, as well as the emphasis in the US on wholesale funding have caused financial institutions to place increased focus on the maturities of their assets and liabilities.

Issues addressed will include:

•Why are regulators concerned about liquidity?;
•The liquidity coverage ratio rules;
•Net stable funding proposal;
•Effect of relying on wholesale funding; and
•What are institutions doing to address these requirements?
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May 21 2015
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  • The adoption in the US and abroad of new liquidity requirements have had a significant impact on financial institutions. The liquidity coverage ratio and the proposed net stable funding ratio, as well as the emphasis in the US on wholesale funding have caused financial institutions to place increased focus on the maturities of their assets and liabilities.

    Issues addressed will include:

    •Why are regulators concerned about liquidity?;
    •The liquidity coverage ratio rules;
    •Net stable funding proposal;
    •Effect of relying on wholesale funding; and
    •What are institutions doing to address these requirements?
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    In this webinar partners from Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East region, will provide listeners with a practical in-depth guide to some of the common issues and pitfalls of dealing with the unfamiliar laws, regulations and differing cultural contexts in the region.

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    Speakers:
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    Virtual currencies also introduce legal considerations for banks and other entities active in the space. For example, anonymity – viewed as central by some to virtual currency transactions – creates particular challenges, such as the risk of money laundering, for banks and other regulated entities (eg non-bank money transmitters).

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    Implementation of many of the final rules is only just beginning. During this webcast, the speakers will review the principal actions taken by the banking agencies and other US regulators during 2014, with a special focus on those measures having greatest impact on non-US banks doing business in the country.

    We also will focus on the thorniest implementation questions and highlight the regulations that must still be finalized. The speakers will address:

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