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OCC Bulletin 2020-110
December 22, 2020
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Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks, Federal Savings Associations, and Federal Branches and Agencies; Department and Division Heads; All Examining Personnel; and Other Interested Parties
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (collectively, the agencies) today issued a revised statement to supersede the "Statement Regarding Status of Certain Investment Funds and Their Portfolio Investments for Purposes of Regulation O and Reporting Requirements under Part 363 of FDIC Regulations," which was issued on December 27, 2019, and was set to expire on January 1, 2021. This interagency statement explains that the agencies will continue to exercise discretion not to take action against banks, or against certain asset managers that become principal shareholders of banks (principal shareholder fund complexes), with respect to certain extensions of credit by banks to portfolio companies of the principal shareholder fund complex (fund complex-controlled portfolio companies) that otherwise would violate Regulation O, 12 CFR 215, provided certain eligibility criteria are satisfied.
The interagency statement applies to all OCC-supervised institutions, including community banks.
Regulation O, 12 CFR 215, places quantitative limits and qualitative restrictions on extensions of credit by banks to executive officers, directors, principal shareholders, and related interests of such persons. Over the past few years, fund complexes have acquired or have approached acquiring more than 10 percent of a class of voting securities of a wide range of public companies, including banks and non-bank companies. Upon acquiring more than 10 percent of a class of voting securities of a banking organization, a fund complex would be a "principal shareholder" of the bank for purposes of Regulation O. Under Regulation O, any company in which a principal shareholder fund complex owns 10 percent or more of a class of voting securities could in some instances be presumed to be a "related interest" of the fund complex. In that event, the principal shareholder fund complex and its controlled portfolio companies would be considered insiders of the bank under Regulation O. Accordingly, the bank's lending to the principal shareholder fund complex and its related interests (fund-complex controlled portfolio companies) would be subject to the strict lending limits and other restrictions and standards of Regulation O. As a result, market participants have expressed concern about possible unintended consequences of application of Regulation O to these relationships.
Please contact Jonathan Fink, Assistant Chief Counsel, or Sarah Turney, Counsel, Chief Counsel's Office, at (202) 649-5400. For persons who are deaf or have hearing loss, use TTY at (202) 649-5597.
Jonathan V. Gould
Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel