More than two years after issuing its proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) finalized1 changes to the FR Y-7 (Annual Report of Foreign Banking Organizations) with respect to the US risk committee and home country stress testing certification requirements for foreign banking organizations (FBOs).
The changes are effective beginning with the reports submitted on or after March 1, 2018.
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US risk committee certification
Under Regulation YY (Enhanced Prudential Standards), the FRB requires FBOs with total assets between $10 billion and $50 billion, as well as FBOs with more than $50 billion in total assets but less than $50 billion in US assets, to file an annual certification that it maintains a committee of its global board that (1) oversees the risk management policies of the combined US operations and (2) includes at least one member with experience in identifying, assessing, and managing risk exposures of large, complex firms.
With respect to this requirement, the FRB clarified that the “FBO is not required to form a special US risk committee comprised of members of the FBO’s board of directors.” Instead, it must ensure that the FBO’s board (or a committee of the board) has “primary responsibility for oversight of the risks of the combined US operations.”
In addition, with respect to how the requirement would apply to an FBO with a two-tier board structure, which the FRB acknowledged is a common feature of FBOs in Europe, the FRB clarified that a committee of either the supervisory board or the management/executive board (or a combination thereof) could be considered a committee of the FBO board for purposes of complying with the requirement.
Notably, Regulation YY does not require FBOs with more than $50 billion in total assets and more than $50 billion in US assets to file the certification because these FBOs are subject to more prescriptive risk committee requirements, and the FRB “expects to gain sufficient information through the supervisory process to evaluate whether the US risk committee meets the [applicable] requirements.”
Home country stress testing compliance certification
Regulation YY also requires all covered FBOs (i.e., those covered by the US risk committee certification requirement, as well as those with more than $50 billion in total assets and more than $50 billion in US assets) to be subject to an annual capital stress testing regime on a consolidated basis by its home country supervisor, and to provide information about this stress test to the FRB.
As part of finalization of the changes to FR Y-7, the FRB clarified several key points raised by commenters:
As further developments occur, Deloitte will issue additional updates as appropriate.
Organizations may contact Deloitte with questions about the changes and activities to support planning, preparation, and compliance.
1Federal Reserve System, Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of Board Approval under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB, 83 Fed. Reg. 3141, (January 23, 2018), available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-23/pdf/2018-01153.pdf.
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