Request for Information Relating to Studies Regarding the Resolution of Financial Companies Under the Bankruptcy Code, 24024-24025 [2011-9986]

Download as PDF 24024 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2011 / Notices proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 26, 2011. A. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Glenda Wilson, Community Affairs Officer) P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, Missouri 63166–2034: 1. First Security Bancorp, Searcy, Arkansas; to acquire an additional 3.96 percent, for a total of 9.9 percent, of the voting shares of Crossfirst Holdings, LLC, Leawood, Kansas, and thereby indirectly acquire additional voting shares of Crossfirst Bank Leawood, Leawood, Kansas, and Crossfirst Bank, Overland Park, Kansas. noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 23, 2011. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Clifford Stanford, Vice President) 1000 Peachtree Street, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30309: 1. Sequatchie Valley Bancshares, Inc., Dunlap, Tennessee to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of The Citizens Bank of Spencer, Spencer, Tennessee. Dated: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 26, 2011. Robert deV. Frierson, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [Docket Number OP–1418] [FR Doc. 2011–10396 Filed 4–28–11; 8:45 am] Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 25, 2011. Robert deV. Frierson, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2011–10295 Filed 4–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Request for Information Relating to Studies Regarding the Resolution of Financial Companies Under the Bankruptcy Code BILLING CODE 6210–01–P Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Notice and request for information. AGENCY: FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Apr 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 Section 216 of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the ‘‘Dodd-Frank Act’’) requires the Board, in consultation with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (the ‘‘AOUSC’’), to conduct a study regarding the resolution of financial companies under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (Title 11, U.S. Code) (the ‘‘Bankruptcy Code’’). Section 217 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Board, in consultation with the AOUSC, to conduct a study regarding international coordination relating to the resolution of systemic financial companies under the Bankruptcy Code and applicable foreign law. Section 216 and Section 217 of the Dodd-Frank Act each identifies specific issues that are to be studied under the relevant section. The Board is issuing this request for information through public comment to assist the Board in conducting these studies. DATES: Comment due date: May 31, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OP–1418, by any of the following methods: • Agency Web Site: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/ generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. • Mail: Address to Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551. All public comments will be made available on the Board’s Web site at http://www.federalreserve.gov/ generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper in Room MP– 500 of the Board’s Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sophia Allison, Senior Counsel (202/ 452–3565), or Gillian Burgess, Senior Attorney (202/736–5564), Legal Division; for users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202/263–4869); Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted on July 21, 2010. Under Section 216 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board is required to conduct a study, in consultation with the AOUSC, regarding the resolution of financial companies under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (the ‘‘Section 216 Study’’). Section 216 specifies five specific issues that are to be included in the Section 216 Study (124 Stat. 1519) Pub. Law 111–203, JULY 21, 2010. These issues generally are: (1) The effectiveness of the Bankruptcy Code in resolving systemic financial companies, (2) whether a special resolution court or panel for financial companies should be established, (3) whether amendments should be made to the Bankruptcy Code for dealing with financial companies, (4) whether the way that qualified financial contracts (QFCs) of financial companies in resolution are treated should be changed; and (5) whether a special chapter of the Bankruptcy Code for E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES dealing with financial companies should be created. Section 217 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Board, in consultation with the AOUSC, to conduct a study regarding international coordination relating to the resolution of systemic financial companies under the Bankruptcy Code and applicable foreign law (the ‘‘Section 217 Study’’). Section 217 specifies four specific issues that are to be included in the Section 217 Study. These issues generally are: (1) Whether international coordination exists, (2) the facilitation of such international coordination; (3) the barriers to such coordination; and (4) the ways to improve such coordination. II. Solicitation for Comments on the Bankruptcy Studies To assist the Board in conducting the Section 216 Study and the Section 217 Study, the Board seeks public comment on the following questions: 1. With respect to the Section 216 Study, how should the Board address the following areas, taking into account among other things the enactment of Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act? (i) The effectiveness of chapter 7 and chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of systemic financial companies; (A) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing the ‘‘effectiveness’’ of the Bankruptcy Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of systemic financial companies; (B) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing whether the Bankruptcy Code is effective in facilitating the ‘‘orderly’’ resolution or reorganization of systemic financial companies; (C) The extent to which the effectiveness of the Bankruptcy Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of ‘‘systemic financial companies’’ differs from the effectiveness of the Bankruptcy Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of non-systemic financial companies; (ii) Whether a special financial resolution court or panel of special masters or judges should be established to oversee cases involving financial companies to provide for the resolution of such companies under the Bankruptcy Code, in a manner that minimizes adverse impacts on financial markets without creating moral hazard; (A) The ‘‘adverse impacts on financial markets’’ that would be minimized by the establishment of such a court or panel; VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Apr 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 (B) How establishing such a court or panel would minimize ‘‘moral hazard;’’ (C) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing whether the establishment of such a court or panel would minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard; (iii) Whether amendments to the Bankruptcy Code should be adopted to enhance the ability of the Code to resolve financial companies in a manner that minimizes adverse impacts on financial markets without creating moral hazard; (A) The ‘‘adverse impacts on financial markets’’ that would be minimized by amendments to the Bankruptcy Code; (B) How such amendments would minimize ‘‘moral hazard;’’ (C) The specific amendments to the Bankruptcy Code that would minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard; (D) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing whether such amendments to the Bankruptcy Code would minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard; (iv) Whether amendments should be made to the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws to address the manner in which qualified financial contracts of financial companies are treated; (A) The specific amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws that might be made to address the manner in which qualified financial contracts of financial companies are treated; (B) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing whether such amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws should be made; (C) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing the likely outcome of making or not making such amendments; (v) The implications, challenges, and benefits to creating a new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial companies; (A) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing whether a new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code should be created to deal with financial companies; (B) The benefits that might result from the creation of a new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial companies; PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24025 (C) The extent to which such benefits would not be likely to be obtained without creating such a new chapter or subchapter; (D) The challenges that might be faced by creating a new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial companies; and (E) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into account in assessing the likely outcome of creating or not creating a new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial companies. 2. With respect to the Section 217 Study, how should the Board address the following areas? (i) The extent to which international coordination currently exists; (ii) Current mechanisms and structures for facilitating international cooperation; (iii) Barriers to effective international coordination; and (iv) ways to increase and make more effective international coordination of the resolution of financial companies, so as to minimize the impact on the financial system without creating moral hazard. 3. With respect to both the Section 216 Study and the Section 217 Study: (i) Any studies, research, empirical data or other information supporting any comments on any of the foregoing questions, where available; and (ii) Any additional factors or considerations that should be taken into account in either the Section 216 Study or the Section 217 Study. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 20, 2011. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. 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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

[Docket Number OP-1418]


Request for Information Relating to Studies Regarding the 
Resolution of Financial Companies Under the Bankruptcy Code

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice and request for information.

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SUMMARY: Section 216 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act (the ``Dodd-Frank Act'') requires the Board, in 
consultation with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts 
(the ``AOUSC''), to conduct a study regarding the resolution of 
financial companies under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 of the United States 
Bankruptcy Code (Title 11, U.S. Code) (the ``Bankruptcy Code''). 
Section 217 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Board, in consultation 
with the AOUSC, to conduct a study regarding international coordination 
relating to the resolution of systemic financial companies under the 
Bankruptcy Code and applicable foreign law. Section 216 and Section 217 
of the Dodd-Frank Act each identifies specific issues that are to be 
studied under the relevant section. The Board is issuing this request 
for information through public comment to assist the Board in 
conducting these studies.

DATES: Comment due date: May 31, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OP-1418, 
by any of the following methods:
     Agency Web Site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include the 
docket number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Address to Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments will be made available on the Board's Web site 
at http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as 
submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, comments 
will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. 
Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper in Room 
MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) between 
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sophia Allison, Senior Counsel (202/
452-3565), or Gillian Burgess, Senior Attorney (202/736-5564), Legal 
Division; for users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) 
only, contact (202/263-4869); Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted on July 21, 2010. Under Section 216 
of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board is required to conduct a study, in 
consultation with the AOUSC, regarding the resolution of financial 
companies under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (the 
``Section 216 Study''). Section 216 specifies five specific issues that 
are to be included in the Section 216 Study (124 Stat. 1519) Pub. Law 
111-203, JULY 21, 2010. These issues generally are: (1) The 
effectiveness of the Bankruptcy Code in resolving systemic financial 
companies, (2) whether a special resolution court or panel for 
financial companies should be established, (3) whether amendments 
should be made to the Bankruptcy Code for dealing with financial 
companies, (4) whether the way that qualified financial contracts 
(QFCs) of financial companies in resolution are treated should be 
changed; and (5) whether a special chapter of the Bankruptcy Code for

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dealing with financial companies should be created.
    Section 217 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Board, in 
consultation with the AOUSC, to conduct a study regarding international 
coordination relating to the resolution of systemic financial companies 
under the Bankruptcy Code and applicable foreign law (the ``Section 217 
Study''). Section 217 specifies four specific issues that are to be 
included in the Section 217 Study. These issues generally are: (1) 
Whether international coordination exists, (2) the facilitation of such 
international coordination; (3) the barriers to such coordination; and 
(4) the ways to improve such coordination.

II. Solicitation for Comments on the Bankruptcy Studies

    To assist the Board in conducting the Section 216 Study and the 
Section 217 Study, the Board seeks public comment on the following 
questions:
    1. With respect to the Section 216 Study, how should the Board 
address the following areas, taking into account among other things the 
enactment of Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act?
    (i) The effectiveness of chapter 7 and chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy 
Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of 
systemic financial companies;
    (A) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing the ``effectiveness'' of the Bankruptcy Code in 
facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of systemic 
financial companies;
    (B) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing whether the Bankruptcy Code is effective in 
facilitating the ``orderly'' resolution or reorganization of systemic 
financial companies;
    (C) The extent to which the effectiveness of the Bankruptcy Code in 
facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of ``systemic 
financial companies'' differs from the effectiveness of the Bankruptcy 
Code in facilitating the orderly resolution or reorganization of non-
systemic financial companies;
    (ii) Whether a special financial resolution court or panel of 
special masters or judges should be established to oversee cases 
involving financial companies to provide for the resolution of such 
companies under the Bankruptcy Code, in a manner that minimizes adverse 
impacts on financial markets without creating moral hazard;
    (A) The ``adverse impacts on financial markets'' that would be 
minimized by the establishment of such a court or panel;
    (B) How establishing such a court or panel would minimize ``moral 
hazard;''
    (C) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing whether the establishment of such a court or panel 
would minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard;
    (iii) Whether amendments to the Bankruptcy Code should be adopted 
to enhance the ability of the Code to resolve financial companies in a 
manner that minimizes adverse impacts on financial markets without 
creating moral hazard;
    (A) The ``adverse impacts on financial markets'' that would be 
minimized by amendments to the Bankruptcy Code;
    (B) How such amendments would minimize ``moral hazard;''
    (C) The specific amendments to the Bankruptcy Code that would 
minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard;
    (D) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing whether such amendments to the Bankruptcy Code 
would minimize such adverse impacts without creating such moral hazard;
    (iv) Whether amendments should be made to the Bankruptcy Code, the 
Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws to address the 
manner in which qualified financial contracts of financial companies 
are treated;
    (A) The specific amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal 
Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws that might be made to 
address the manner in which qualified financial contracts of financial 
companies are treated;
    (B) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing whether such amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, 
the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and other insolvency laws should be 
made;
    (C) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing the likely outcome of making or not making such 
amendments;
    (v) The implications, challenges, and benefits to creating a new 
chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial 
companies;
    (A) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing whether a new chapter or subchapter of the 
Bankruptcy Code should be created to deal with financial companies;
    (B) The benefits that might result from the creation of a new 
chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial 
companies;
    (C) The extent to which such benefits would not be likely to be 
obtained without creating such a new chapter or subchapter;
    (D) The challenges that might be faced by creating a new chapter or 
subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial companies; and
    (E) The key factors and considerations that should be taken into 
account in assessing the likely outcome of creating or not creating a 
new chapter or subchapter of the Bankruptcy Code to deal with financial 
companies.
    2. With respect to the Section 217 Study, how should the Board 
address the following areas?
    (i) The extent to which international coordination currently 
exists;
    (ii) Current mechanisms and structures for facilitating 
international cooperation;
    (iii) Barriers to effective international coordination; and
    (iv) ways to increase and make more effective international 
coordination of the resolution of financial companies, so as to 
minimize the impact on the financial system without creating moral 
hazard.
    3. With respect to both the Section 216 Study and the Section 217 
Study:
    (i) Any studies, research, empirical data or other information 
supporting any comments on any of the foregoing questions, where 
available; and
    (ii) Any additional factors or considerations that should be taken 
into account in either the Section 216 Study or the Section 217 Study.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, April 20, 2011.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2011-9986 Filed 4-28-11; 8:45 am]
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