On February 24, 2016, the US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee’s Capital Markets Subcommittee held a hearing on legislation that would clarify the name-sharing provision of the Volcker Rule. Specifically, the Financial Services Committee discussed provisions of H.R. 4096, the Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act, which would “correct a statutory error” in the Volcker Rule which restricts the ability of a banking entity to sponsor a covered fund, specifically by prohibiting name-sharing between a banking entity’s affiliates and a covered fund. The bill would permit investment adviser affiliates to share a name with a covered fund if the investment adviser is not (or does not control) an insured depository institution or is not treated as a bank holding company under Section 8 of the International Banking Act of 1978. The Financial Services Committee will consider a markup of the bill in a hearing scheduled on March 2, 2016.

The full text of the markup is available at: http://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr4096ih.pdf