On June 21, 2016, the FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to remove and modify references to credit ratings with respect to permissible activities for certain foreign banking organizations, consistent with section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Act and the FDIC’s authority under section 5(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Specifically, the proposed rule amends subparts A and B of the FDIC’s international banking regulations (12 C.F.R. Part 347). The proposed rule would delete references in Subpart A to nationally recognized statistical rating organization credit ratings in the definition of “investment grade” and replace such references with alternative standards for determining the creditworthiness of securities and other financial instruments. Subpart B would be amended in a similar fashion to eliminate references to credit ratings in respect of the eligibility criteria for assets that foreign banks may pledge in order to satisfy the FDIC’s asset pledge requirement. Comments on the proposed rulemaking were due by August 29, 2016.
The FDIC notice of proposed rulemaking is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2016/2016-06- 21_notice_sum_f_fr.pdf.