• Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Main Street
  • July 30, 2010 | Author: Peter G. Weinstock
  • Law Firm: Hunton & Williams LLP - Dallas Office
  • On July 15, 2010 the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”), which represents the most sweeping change to banking law since Congress adopted the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”), if not before. FIRREA was the congressional action designed to “forever prevent” another banking catastrophe. Many statements from the late 1980s, such as the elimination of “too big to fail” (“TBTF”), have echoed in the debate over “systemically important” financial institutions. Hopefully, the Act’s Financial Stability Oversight Council and the orderly liquidation authority over nonbanks that pose systemic risk will have more success than the FIRREA tools that were not effectively employed to prevent the subprime bubble.