Jeffrey Werthan

Jeffrey Werthan

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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OCC’s Curry Advocates Regulatory Reduction for Smaller Banks and Thrifts

Speaking on December 2 at an Interagency Outreach Meeting on the Economic Growth and Regulatory Reduction Act (EGRPRA), Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry indicated his desire to roll back regulatory burdens on...more

12/11/2014 - Banks OCC Regulatory Agenda

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 47

In this issue: - SEC Sets October 2015 Target Date for Certain Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act Rulemaking - FINRA Issues Notice on TRACE Trade Reporting Obligations - NFA Issues Guidance on Exempt and Excluded...more

12/8/2014 - AIFM Bank Secrecy Act Banks Bitcoins BitLicense C-Suite Executives CPOs CTA Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions EU EU Data Protection Laws False Statements FFIEC FINRA Investment Funds JOBS Act NFA OCC Proposed Amendments Regulatory Standards Rulemaking Process SEC TRACE Whistleblower Awards

CFPB Issues Broader Than Expected Prepaid Card Proposal and Model Forms

On November 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-awaited proposal with respect to prepaid cards. This proposal, which consisted of 870 pages, covers traditional prepaid cards as well as mobile...more

11/19/2014 - Banks CFPB Financial Institutions Prepaid Payment Products Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process TILA

OCC Revises Process for Managing Matters Requiring Attention

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on October 30 published revised policy and procedures for how it manages Matters Requiring Attention (MRAs) resulting from its examination of supervised institutions. MRAs...more

11/5/2014 - Banks Corporate Executive Boards Corporate Management OCC Policies and Procedures Supervision

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 43

In this issue: - ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0 - SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements -...more

11/3/2014 - Banks CCPs CFTC Class Action Commingling Commodities Compliance EMIR ESMA EU European Commission FCMs Fixed Income Investments Flood Insurance Foreign Banks Foreign Exchanges ISS OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities Litigation UK

Banking Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment

On September 8, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency requested comment on proposed revisions to the “Interagency...more

9/18/2014 - Banks Community Reinvestment Act FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Proposed Amendments

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 36

In this issue: - Bylaw of Delaware Corporation Providing for Exclusive Forum in North Carolina Upheld - FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms - CBOE and C2 in...more

9/15/2014 - AIFM AIFMD Banks Bitcoins CBOE CFPB CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance CPO Cross-Border Exclusive Jurisdiction False Claims Act FINRA Forum ISDA JOBS Act Jurisdiction OTC Regulation M Regulation Z SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps UK

Federal Banking Regulators Finalize Liquidity Coverage Ratio

On September 3, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule to strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions.The...more

9/10/2014 - Banks Basel Committee Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Final Rules HQLA Liquidity Coverage Ratio OCC

Banking Agencies Adopt Supplementary Leverage Ratio Final Rule

On September 3, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency adopted a final rule modifying the definition of the denominator of the supplementary...more

9/10/2014 - Banks Basel Committee Basel III FDIC Federal Reserve Leverage Ratio OCC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 35

In this issue: - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2015 - SEC Adopts Regulation AB II - US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps - CME...more

9/8/2014 - Banks Debt Buyers Filing Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Liquidity Coverage Ratio Loans Regulation AB SEC

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

8/28/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Bank Secrecy Act Banks Examiners Handbooks OCC

OCC Increases Semiannual Assessment for Larger National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On August 11, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a final rule that increases the OCC’s semiannual assessment on national banks and federal savings associations (banks) with more than $40 billion in...more

8/20/2014 - Annual Assessments Banks Federal Savings Associations OCC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

8/18/2014 - AIFMD Banks Derivative Suit ESMA EU FCA Federal Savings Associations Fraud ICE OCC OCIE PSLRA SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

FDIC Proposes Changes to Assessments Rule

On July 15, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposed (1) to revise the ratios and ratio thresholds for capital evaluations used in its risk-based deposit insurance assessment system (the FDIC stated this was...more

7/24/2014 - Banks Basel III Capital Requirements FDIC Federal Reserve Leverage Capital Ratio OCC

FFIEC Member Agencies and State of New York to Focus Attention on Cybersecurity

On May 7, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) highlighted regulatory efforts to enhance financial institutions’ cybersecurity during a webinar for approximately 5,000 chief executive officers and...more

5/15/2014 - Banks Cybersecurity FFIEC Financial Companies Nonbank Firms Risk Assessment Risk Management

FDIC Releases Resource Guide to Help Institutions Evaluate Opportunities with Community Development Financial Institutions

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has produced a resource guide, Strategies for Community Banks to Develop Partnerships with Community Development Financial Institutions, to inform institutions of strategies to...more

5/14/2014 - Banks CDFI Fund CRA FDIC Public-Private Partnerships

Banking Agencies Adopt Enhanced Supplementary Leverage Ratio Final Rule

On April 8, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, Agencies) adopted a final rule to strengthen the leverage ratio...more

4/17/2014 - Banks FDIC Federal Reserve Leverage Ratio OCC

Federal Reserve Extends Compliance Deadline for CLOs

On April 7, the Federal Reserve Board (Board) announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in, and sponsorship of,...more

4/17/2014 - Banks Collateralized Loan Obligations Federal Reserve Time Extensions Volcker Rule

OCC Issues Garnishment Guidance

On April 1, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments” booklet, which is new to the Comptroller’s Handbook. The booklet contains interagency...more

4/10/2014 - Banks Compliance Garnishment OCC Wage Garnishment

Agencies Issue Denial of Service Guidance and Guidance on ATMs

On April 3, the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union...more

4/10/2014 - ATMs Banks Cyber Attacks Data Breach Data Protection Encryption Heartbleed

Federal Reserve Approves Final Rule Regulating Bank Holding Companies and Foreign Banking Organizations

On February 18, the Federal Reserve Board (Federal Reserve) approved a Final Rule to enhance supervision over the largest US bank holding companies (BHCs) and the largest foreign banking organizations (FBOs) with operations...more

2/26/2014 - Bank Holding Company Banks Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Foreign Banks

OCC Proposes Risk Guidelines for Large Banks; Plans to Apply Part 30 to Federal Savings Institutions

On January 16, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a proposal setting forth new standards based on the agency’s heightened expectations program for large national banks and federal savings...more

1/23/2014 - Banks Compliance FDIA Federal Savings Associations OCC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 3

In this issue: - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct -...more

1/20/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Banks CFTC Collateralized Debt Obligations Directors FCMs FDIC Insider Trading No-Action Relief OCC Professional Liability Receivership Scienter Trust Preferred Securities

Agencies Appear to Signal Retreat on CDO TruPS Issue

In the wake of the American Bankers Association’s lawsuit challenging the Volcker Rule’s treatment of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS), the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

1/9/2014 - American Bankers Association Banks Collateralized Debt Obligations Proprietary Trading Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

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