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Two Volcker Rule Updates: Foreign Excluded Funds and Seed Investments

Two recent developments involving the Volcker Rule have significant implications for financial regulation in both the US and internationally. Update 1: Temporary Relief for Certain Foreign Funds - On July 21, 2017, the...more

NYSDFS Revises Cybersecurity Rules to Accommodate Industry Concerns

The revised regulations eliminate many of the categorical requirements in the original proposal and instead adopt a more risk-based approach. On December 28, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services...more

Financial Institutions Await Response to Concerns Over NYSDFS’ Proposed Cybersecurity Rules

Comments submitted on the proposed regulations criticize the lack of a risk-based approach, overbroad definitions, potential extraterritorial implications, an excessive breach notification threshold and a daunting annual...more

OCC to Make Available Special Purpose National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

While many fintech companies will welcome the regulatory approach, banks and state regulators have some concerns. In a long-awaited move aimed at establishing some clarity around the regulatory framework for companies...more

Bitcoin Again Held to Be “Funds” for Federal Money Transmitting Purposes

Murgio decision reflects a growing judicial consensus around the application of money transmitting laws to Bitcoin exchangers. On September 19, 2016, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New...more

Virtual Currencies: Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin Is Not Money Transmitting and Selling Bitcoin to Criminals Is Not a Crime

The ruling is an outlier driven by its unique facts and is unlikely to change the general regulatory landscape for Bitcoin businesses. In State of Florida v. Espinoza, a trial court in Miami recently dismissed all...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Final Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions...

Final regulations impose certification requirements on a financial institution’s Board of Directors or Senior Officer(s) relating to BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. The New York State Register today published the final...more

Revised Rules on Dodd-Frank Incentive Compensation Requirements for Financial Institutions Proposed

If adopted, the Proposed Rule would have a significant impact on compensation practices at covered institutions. On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (the NCUA) issued a proposed rule regarding...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Compliance for...

Proposed regulations impose new certification requirements that could result in personal liability for compliance officers of financial institutions. On December 1, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial...more

Federal Reserve Board Grants One-year Extension on Volcker Rule Conformance for Certain Covered Funds

The Federal Reserve today extended the Volcker Rule conformance period for legacy covered funds from July 21, 2015 to July 21, 2016, and also granted a further one year extension until July 21, 2017. At 3 pm today...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Discusses Proposed Regulations

As the proposed BitLicense takes shape, New York regulators are engaging in discussions with industry players. On October 14, 2014 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law organized a panel discussion as part of its Tech...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Proposed Regulations

As the first of their kind, the proposed regulations may add legitimacy to virtual currencies, but the new regulatory regime could stifle innovation and development. On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of...more

Volcker Rule: An Initial Look at Significant Changes

On December 10, 2013 the US federal banking agencies, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) (collectively, the Agencies), adopted the ...more

12/24/2013  /  Banks , CFTC , Dodd-Frank , SEC , Volcker Rule
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