Agencies propose changes to modify Volcker rule "covered funds" restrictions

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, five federal financial regulatory agencies issued a joint press release inviting the public to comment on a proposal to modify regulations implementing the Volcker rule's general prohibition on banking entities investing in or sponsoring hedge funds or private equity funds—known as "covered funds."

 

The joint agency proposal would improve and streamline the covered funds portion of the rule, address the treatment of certain foreign funds, and permit banking entities to offer financial services and engage in other permissible activities that do not raise concerns that the Volcker rule was intended to address. Comments will be accepted until April 1, 2020.