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OCC Issues Draft Supplement Outlining Application Process for FinTech Charters

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC) has released a draft supplement to its Licensing Manual that explains the process for an entity engaged in financial technology—or FinTech—activities to charter a...more

OCC Will “Move Forward” With Federal FinTech Charter

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC) plans to consider applications from companies engaged in financial technology—or FinTech—activities to operate through a national bank charter and has released a paper...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Far-Reaching Cybersecurity Rules

The New York State Department of Financial Services (the DFS) has issued a proposed regulation that would impose cybersecurity-related requirements on entities it supervises. In some cases, these requirements would go beyond...more

FinCEN Proposes AML Program Requirement for Banks without a Federal Functional Regulator

FinCEN has proposed extending its anti-money laundering (AML) program requirement for banks to banks that are not subject to regulation by a federal functional regulator, including state chartered limited purpose trust...more

CFPB Considering Debt Collection Reform Proposals

On July 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) released a summary of proposals it is considering to reform debt collection practices. At the same time, it released a Study of Third Party Debt Collection...more

Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Covered Fund Activities Extended One Year

On July 7, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced that it has further extended the conformance period under the Volcker rule until July 21, 2017, to allow banking entities to conform their...more

FinCEN Issues Final Customer Due Diligence Rule

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has expanded the due diligence obligations of certain financial institutions that are subject to a customer identification program requirement under...more

SEC Releases Risk Alert Related to Outsourcing of Chief Compliance Officer Duties by Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

On Nov. 9, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert reporting observations from its examination of investment advisers and investment companies that outsource their Chief...more

CFTC Takes First Action Against Virtual Currency Options Trading Platform

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order against San Francisco-based Coinflip and its chief executive officer, Francisco Riordan, to resolve allegations that Coinflip...more

Federal Regulators Issue Volcker Rule FAQ Addressing Investment Fund Seeding Periods

The Volcker rule generally prohibits banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from sponsoring and/or investing in certain types of “covered” investment funds. The implementing regulation that the Agencies...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement Regarding Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices

On June 9, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Bureau of Consumer...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Provides No-Action Relief from Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor Registration to Non-U.S. Persons Who Advise on or Facilitate Swaps Transactions for Certain International...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: SEC Chair Highlights Recent Accomplishments - In a June 4, 2015 speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White highlighted recent activities of the SEC and identified work to be done in the near future....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015

Regulatory Developments: Superintendent Lawsky Announces Final BitLicense Regulations - New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum,...more

Federal Reserve Extends Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Covered Funds Activities for One Year

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced yesterday afternoon that it has extended the conformance period under the Volcker rule for one additional year—until July 21, 2016—to allow banking entities to...more

12/23/2014

Federal Banking Agencies Sharpen Scrutiny of Leveraged Lending

Following a slide in lending standards and an increase in leveraged loan volume, new guidance from the federal banking agencies suggests a tightening of credit standards for leveraged loans from regulated banking...more

OFAC Issues New Guidance Regarding Status of Entities Owned by Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new guidance regarding the status of entities that are 50% or more owned by persons or entities whose property and interests in property are...more

FINCEN Issues Proposed Revisions to its Regulations That Would Enhance Financial Institutions’ Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has proposed revisions (the “Proposal”) to its rules implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) that would spell out specific anti-money...more

Bitcoin Does Not Need a Ban, It Needs Enlightened Regulation

If an outright ban of Bitcoin is not the correct approach, what is? More to the point, what does Bitcoin (and virtual currency in general) need to for legitimacy?...more

Could Bitcoin Make Retail Cybersecurity Obsolete?

Interesting question, but life is never easy, and digital currency brings its own set of challenges...more

Proprietary Trading Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

Covered Funds Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

What Banks and Trust Companies Need to Know About the SEC’s New Municipal Advisor Rules

The SEC’s final Municipal Advisor Rules, effective January 13, 2014, apply to many of the advisory services and products provided by banks and trust companies to municipal entities, such as state and local governments, and to...more

11/26/2013  /  Banks , Municipal Advisers , SEC , Trusts
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