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SEC Issues Risk Alert To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

by King & Spalding on

On August 7, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert directed to the financial advisory industry, identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could make the industry’s networks...more

SEC Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations Identify Best Practices

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC continues to focus on cybersecurity as an area of concern within the investment management industry....more

And So It Begins: The First DFS Transition Period Comes to an End August 28

by King & Spalding on

In September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) introduced the first draft of its cybersecurity regulation, which is now in a position to lead a new trend in industry-specific cybersecurity...more

DFS Provides Answers to Cybersecurity FAQs

Hoping to provide greater clarity to financial institutions subject to its new cybersecurity requirements, New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist...more

Fed study finds expanded credit access resulting from fintech lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new research paper released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found that fintech lending has expanded consumers’ ability to access credit. The paper, “Fintech Lending: Financial Inclusion, Risk Pricing, and...more

OCC files renewed motion to dismiss state regulators’ challenge to fintech company special purpose national bank charter proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has filed a renewed motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) in D.C. federal district court challenging the OCC’s authority to...more

Lawmaker Investigates Small-Business Fintech Lending

Expressing concern about potential discrimination, one federal lawmaker has decided to take a closer look at small-business financial technology lending, sending letters to several fintechs with a series of questions....more

Acting Comptroller Noreika confirms continued OCC interest in SPNB charter proposal for fintech companies; our thoughts on the...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, in remarks on July 19 to the Exchequer Club, confirmed that the OCC is continuing to consider its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. After making a splash with the finalized version of its Arbitration Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed temporary adjustments to the reporting requirements for...more

Three big questions about AI in financial services

by White & Case LLP on

To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Republican Chess Bedsole Announces Bid for Alabama Attorney General- Chess Bedsole, who previously served as the Alabama campaign chairman for President Trump, announced his candidacy to become the Alabama AG. Bedsole is...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

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A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

A Cautionary Tale Regarding Case and Witness Preparation in Third Circuit TCPA and FDCPA Decision

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a cautionary tale for the defense bar, the Third Circuit recently upheld a consumer's TCPA claims and reversed summary judgment on the FDCPA claims in Daubert v. NRA, Nos. 16-3613 and 16-3629 (3d Cir. July 3, 2017)....more

Fintech Forecast: Lawmakers and Regulators Poised to Revamp the Legal Landscape in 2017

Financial technology, or fintech, is poised to be the center of U.S. regulation in 2017. Industry experts estimate that between July 2015 and January 2016, more than $5.5 billion was invested in the fintech sector. As fintech...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: China Cybersecurity Law: Key Takeaways for Financial Services Firms in...

by Dechert LLP on

China’s Cybersecurity Law came into force on 1 June 2017, despite speculation that there would be a delay in its launch. The new law covers a wide range of activities relating to the cyberspace, including personal data...more

5 Principles To Simplify Compliance For Fintech Startups

Compliance officers at financial technology (fintech) startups have one of the most daunting tasks in the financial services industry — giving the green light to a new product or service in the face of significant time and...more

House member launches fintech lending investigation

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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II announced last week that he had launched an investigation into small business financial technology (fintech) lending by sending a letter to the CEOs of several fintech small business lenders. ...more

Neiman Marcus Settles Data Breach Consumer Class Action For $1.6 Million

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On June 21, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered an order granting preliminary approval of a $1.6 million class action settlement between Neiman Marcus and a class of its customers whose...more

OCC Office of Innovation to host July office hours in NYC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The OCC announced that its Office of Innovation will host office hours for national banks, federal savings associations, and financial technology (fintech) companies from July 24 through July 26, 2017 at the OCC’s district...more

French Data Protection Authority Approves Implementation of Biometric Authentication Tools in Banking Sector

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On May 29, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés, or "CNIL") announced that it had authorized nine banking institutions to implement, on an experimental basis,...more

New OCC FAQs on third-party relationships highlight bank arrangements with fintech companies and marketplace lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has issued a new bulletin (2017-21) containing fourteen frequently asked questions to supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29 entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017

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Editor's Note - Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Powers. On June 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission that disgorgement in a Securities and Exchange...more

Banks Settle Data Breach Suit for $5.2M

In the latest settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit brought by banks following a retailer’s data breach, an Illinois federal court judge signed off on a $5.2 million deal involving a major U.S. retailer....more

Consumer Financial Data Aggregation & the Potential for Regulatory Intervention

A confluence of regulatory activity and policy debates seems to be laying the groundwork for future regulation of consumer financial data aggregation activities. The outcome of these activities could significantly affect how...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Hoping to reverse recent years of struggles, J. Crew is bidding farewell to CEO Mickey Drexler (though he’ll stay on as chairman) in favor of West Elm’s James Brett....more

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