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FinCEN Warns of E-Mail Compromise Schemes

Financial institutions should be aware of a growing number of e-mail compromise schemes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) warned in a new advisory bulletin. What happened - Developed in coordination...more

Eighth Circuit Refuses to Open Golden Parachute for Bank Exec

A new decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms the challenge presented by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) "golden parachute" prohibitions for boards of directors of banks in "troubled...more

Banks Should Take Note of FINRA 2016 Examination Priorities

Why it matters - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the independent self-regulatory body for the securities industry, has issued its list of examination priorities for 2016. Banks will recognize many,...more

Top 5 Legal Considerations for FinTech Advertising

The growth and expansion of FinTech service providers nationally and internationally over the last five years is reshaping the financial landscape. This evolution includes differentiation in how financial products are...more

FDIC: Providing Accounts and Other Services to Payday Lenders Is OK

Why it matters - Some bank vendors may cautiously smile when the FDIC makes a point that providing accounts and other services to payday lenders is fine, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) told banks by...more

Midland Has Appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court

Madden v. Midland Funding, an important court case for marketplace lending may now be heard at the Supreme Court. We have been following the Madden v. Midland Funding case as it makes its way through the court system....more

FDIC Puts Out Welcome Mat for New Bank Applications

Why it matters - Could new bank applications and de novo bank openings be in the future? To encourage new applications, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has met with state regulators to express interest...more

Still Your Father’s Oldsmobile? Stale Bank Holding Company 10-K Sup & Reg Sections

It has been apparent for years that the common boilerplate Supervision and Regulation discussion in most bank holding company Form 10-K Annual Reports could be trimmed down and updated. Instead of rehashing longstanding...more

Dodd-Frank Overkill—Community Bank M&A Deals Must Not Pose a Risk to U.S. Financial Stability

Why it matters - With their recent approvals of BB&T’s acquisition of a $2 billion community bank, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Federal Reserve) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) were...more

The Next Examination Enforcement Wave— Cybersecurity Assessments?

Why it matters - The member banking agencies of the Office of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) will soon promulgate a “Cybersecurity Assessment Tool” for use by community banks after a pilot...more

Virtual Currency Community Disappointed by Final BitLicense Regulation

Why it matters: The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the final regulations for the much-anticipated BitLicense, the first state regulatory regime designed specifically for virtual/digital currency...more

Comptroller Supports More CRA Credit for Small Business Lending while CRA Protests Continue to Stall M&A Deals

Why it matters - In recent remarks at the State Small Business Credit Initiative Conference, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed the state of small business credit programs, emphasizing the “crucial...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #4

CFPB Fines Bank $7.5M for Overdraft Violations, With $49M More in Redress - Why it matters: In its first action targeting overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Regions Bank $7.5...more

We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Ease Your Regulatory Burden

Why it matters - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is trying to make life easier for community banks, Comptroller Thomas J. Curry recently explained in a speech, working on legislation that would...more

OCC Report Highlights Wide Range of Potential Risks

Why it matters - The OCC’s most recent report on current key risks should be read by all banks, regardless of size or regulator, as a road map in preparing for the next examination. Few banks would ever admit they may...more

OCC Publishes Final Guidelines With Heightened Standards for Big Banks, Which All Banks Should Review

Risk management continues to be at the top of regulatory agendas, and the OCC has taken the opportunity to offer its heightened risk guidelines for large financial institutions of more than $50 million in average consolidated...more

9/26/2014  /  Banks , FDIC , Foreign Banks , OCC , Risk Management

FDIC Clarifies Supervision of Bank/Third-Party Payment Processor Relationships

In an effort to rectify “misunderstandings” and get out of the line of political fire, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued updated guidance to clarify its supervisory approach to institutions establishing...more

8/14/2014

OCC Report Lists Key Risks For Review In Upcoming Examinations

Highlighting the operational, strategic, and compliance risks confronting financial institutions, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published its “Semiannual Risk Perspective” report in late June based on...more

7/24/2014  /  Banks , FDIC , OCC , Risk Assessment

Comptroller Curry: Check The Shadows For Banking Threats

Where are the seeds of the next financial crisis? - Speaking at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discussed threats to the national banking system and warned listeners...more

Banking Law -- Aug 26, 2013

What Many Foreign Banks and Community Banks Have in Common - Strange as it may seem, community banks and the U.S. operations of foreign banks are often treated similarly; their interests are usually legislative and...more

Confidential Investigations of Bank Activities

Scenario: In the course of a safety and soundness examination, the bank examiners identify certain unusual transactions and bring the issue to the attention of management. Management, in turn, recognizing the potential...more

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