The Obama Administration Outlines Major Financial Rules Overhaul, Announces Greater Scrutiny for Hedge Funds and Derivatives
Hedge Fund Law Report
On June 17, 2009, the Obama administration released its proposed “rules of the road” for the nation’s regulation of the financial industry. The proposal aims to restore confidence in the nation’s financial system after last year’s collapses of The Bear Stearns Cos. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which caused a credit-market seizure, froze bank lending and paralyzed consumer spending. The proposal generally tightens regulations on many existing institutions already subject to government scrutiny, and brings many products and companies that had operated outside of the banking system under federal control. The proposed reforms target almost every facet of the financial system, including hedge funds and derivatives. We provide a comprehensive summary of the proposals, focusing especially on those sections that are most relevant to hedge funds and hedge fund managers.