Keith R. Fisher

Keith R. Fisher

Ballard Spahr LLP

Contact  |  View Bio  |  RSS

Latest Publications

Share:

Despite FAQs and OCC Interim Examination Procedures, Little Illumination So Far for Volcker Rule Compliance

June 2014 saw the publication of some interagency FAQs on the Volcker Rule (the Rule) and interim procedures from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for its examiners to use in assessing progress by national...more

8/29/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Compliance Enforcement Guidance FDIC Federal Reserve Foreign Banks OCC Volcker Rule

CFPB, AG’s, secure $92M in debt relief for servicemembers victimized by predatory lending

The CFPB, after an investigation in cooperation with 13 state attorneys general, has entered into a consent order with Colfax Capital Corporation, a California consumer lending company (Colfax), and its wholly-owned...more

8/29/2014 - CFPB Debt Debt Collection Debt-Relief Industry Military Service Members Popular Predatory Lending

House Passes Bill to Fix Privilege Waiver Problem for Nonbanks

A bill (H.R. 5062) recently passed by the House of Representatives would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (the CFPA), which is Title X of the Dodd-Frank legislation, to provide protection against waiver of state...more

8/28/2014 - CFPA CFPB Dodd-Frank Nonbank Firms Privilege Waivers Title X

FinCEN Proposes More Extensive Customer Due Diligence Obligations

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to combat all forms of illicit financial activity, from terrorist financing and sanctions evasion to more traditional financial crimes (including money laundering,...more

8/27/2014 - Covered Banking Entity Covered Financial Institutions Due Diligence FinCEN Rulemaking Process U.S. Treasury

Standard Chartered To Pay $300M To Settle AML Charges in New York

For the second time in two years, Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), has settled another matter with Standard Chartered Bank for alleged “anti-money laundering...more

8/25/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Banks Enforcement Actions Settlement Standard Chartered Bank

FDIC Issues Guidance on Basel III Capital Conservation Buffer for Subchapter S Banks

A recent Financial Institution Letter provides guidance on the FDIC’s methodology when entertaining requests from banks or savings associations organized as Subchapter S corporations (S-corporation banks) to pay dividends to...more

8/15/2014 - Banks Basel Committee Basel III Capital Controls FDIC S-Corporation

OCC consumer protection standards in new Bulletin may influence CFPB Debt Sales Examinations of Banks

As noted in our recent Alert, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued Bulletin 2014-37 on Consumer Debt Sales (the “Bulletin”). The Bulletin addresses the application of consumer protection requirements...more

8/7/2014 - Banks CFPB Debt OCC

Comptroller of the Currency Publishes Guidance on Debt Sales Arrangements and Agreements

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC’s) new Bulletin 2014-37 on Consumer Debt Sales represents the agency’s latest guidance on this topic since providing a written statement a year ago to the Senate...more

8/7/2014

CFPB and federal banking regulators increase focus on cybersecurity

As part of their increased focus on cybersecurity, the CFPB and federal banking are taking steps to raise financial institutions’ awareness about the need for preparedness. On June 24, 2014, the Federal Financial Institutions...more

7/15/2014 - Banks CFPB Cybersecurity FFIEC SEC

Federal Bank Regulators Increase Focus on Cybersecurity

As banking regulators increase their focus on cybersecurity, they are taking steps to raise financial institutions’ awareness about the need for preparedness. On June 24, 2014, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination...more

7/14/2014 - Banks Cybersecurity FFIEC

OIG updated work plan adds focus to information security, compensation, and distribution of civil penalty funds

The most notable items added by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to its work plan, updated as of July 7, 2014, are audits of the CFPB’s information security program, pay and compensation program, and distribution of...more

7/14/2014 - Audits CFPB Civil Penalty Fund Cybersecurity Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve OIG Popular

Supplemental Interagency Guidance on Tax Allocation Agreements

The federal bank regulators recently issued additional guidance on intercompany income tax allocation agreements between holding companies and their depository institution subsidiaries. Intended to clarify the ownership of...more

7/8/2014 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector Banks Consolidated Tax Returns Nonbank Firms Subsidiaries Tax Allocation Agreements Tax Refunds

Additional Volcker Rule Guidance Addresses Some Low-Hanging Fruit

When the Volcker Rule was issued by the bank regulators in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (collectively, the Agencies) last December (the Final Rule), it...more

7/2/2014 - Banking Sector Banks CFTC Federal Reserve Final Rules Reporting Requirements SEC Volcker Rule

Treasury Extends FATCA Compliance Date, Announces Other Amendments Affecting Foreign Banks

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced in Notice 2014-33 that 2014 and 2015 will be transitional years from an administrative and enforcement perspective regarding the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax...more

5/13/2014 - Amended Regulation Compliance FATCA FFI IRS U.S. Treasury

Federal Reserve Extends Compliance Period under Volcker Rule for Collateralized Loan Obligations

While collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) may ultimately have to be divested by “banking entities” subject to the Volcker Rule, the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) recently extended the compliance period for...more

4/23/2014 - Banks Collateralized Loan Obligations Debt Securities Exclusions Federal Reserve Time Extensions Volcker Rule

N.Y. Banking and Insurance Superintendent Unveils Aggressive Agenda

Benjamin M. Lawsky, who heads the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), indicated that his agency is seriously considering more aggressive investigation and pursuit of individuals whose malfeasance has led...more

3/26/2014 - Anti-Corruption Anti-Money Laundering Banks Compliance Department of Financial Services Enforcement

Fed Seeks Public Comment on Financial Holding Company Physical Commodities Activities

An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued in mid-January by the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) seeks public comment on the scope of permissible physical commodities activities. Such activities have been under...more

3/14/2014 - Bank Holding Company Dodd-Frank Energy Federal Reserve Public Comment

OCC Releases Guidelines on 'Heightened Expectations' for Large National Banks and Savings Associations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently released proposed amendments to its Part 30 regulations, which reflect the agency's "heightened expectations" for large banks. That release, styled as an "Interim...more

2/4/2014 - Audits Banks Board of Directors Compliance Corporate Governance OCC Risk Management

CFPB issues proposal to supervise “larger participant” international money transfer providers

We had been expecting the CFPB’s next “larger participant” proposal to be a rule for the auto finance market. Instead, the CFPB issued a proposed rule yesterday that would allow it to supervise nonbank international money...more

1/24/2014 - Banks CFPB Dodd-Frank Larger Participant Money Transfer Nonbank Firms

OCC Releases Guidelines on ‘Heightened Expectations’ for Large National Banks and Savings Associations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last week released proposed amendments to its Part 30 regulations, which reflect the agency’s “heightened expectations” for large banks. That release, styled as an “Interim...more

1/23/2014 - Audits Banks Federal Savings Associations OCC Risk Management

Volcker Rule Agencies Issue Interim Final Rule Exempting TruPS-backed CDOs

Last week, the five agencies that jointly issued the final regulation implementing the Volcker Rule (the Final Rule) in December issued an interim final rule (the Interim Rule) that exempts collateralized debt obligations...more

1/23/2014 - American Bankers Association Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank Final Rules Financial Regulatory Reform Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

Controversy over the Volcker Rule and Trust-Preferred CDOs

The banking industry’s recent challenge to the newly promulgated Volcker Rule focuses on collateralized debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities (TruPS CDOs). Even though TruPS CDOs do not represent the kind of...more

1/6/2014 - Bank Holding Company Act Banks Collateralized Debt Obligations Community Banks Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

Volcker Rule Promises To Be Godzilla of Bank Regulation

It took almost 3½ years before it finally hatched. And it was big—very big—enormous, in fact. No, it’s not Godzilla. It’s the Volcker Rule. More than two years after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a final rule...more

12/30/2013 - Bank Holding Company Act Banks Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Proprietary Trading SEC Volcker Rule

Regulators Revise Interagency Q&A on the Community Reinvestment Act

Recently, the federal banking agencies—the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation—issued revisions to Interagency...more

12/20/2013 - Community Development Entities CRA FDIC Federal Reserve Insured Depository Institutions Lenders OCC

Prudential Regulators Clarify Supervisory Approach Relative to CFPB Mortgage Regulation

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “Prudential Regulators”) have...more

12/20/2013 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB CRA FDIC Federal Reserve Mortgages NCUA OCC Qualified Mortgage Rule

54 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 3