Dodd-Frank regulations would fill 28 copies of 'War and Peace'

Rules implementing the Dodd-Frank financial reform law could fill 28 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, according to a new analysis of the Wall Street overhaul.

The law firm Davis Polk, which closely tracks the Dodd-Frank rule-making process, released a graphic Friday that highlights the gargantuan size of the financial reform bill's overhaul of regulations. 


All told, regulators have written 13,789 pages and more than 15 million words to put the law in place, which is equal to 42 words of regulations for every single word of the already hefty law, spanning 848 pages itself.

And if that seems like a lot, keep in mind that by Davis Polk's estimate, the work implementing the law is just 39 percent complete.

The study also paints a picture of just how much work has gone into implementing the law, which turns three years old on Sunday.

As if filling more than two dozen copies of the epic Russian novel were not enough proof the new law was keeping regulators busy, the firm also determined that regulators have held more than 4,000 public meetings with stakeholders as they try to turn legislative ideas into a reality.