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Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

Democratic leadership plans to oppose change in CFPB structure

As Inauguration Day approaches, the rhetoric about the CFPB’s future continues to heat up.  American Banker reported that, on a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stated...more

Financial Regulatory Reform in the Trump Administration

Summary - With the inauguration of President-elect Trump less than a week away, there is considerable speculation regarding what legal changes are in store for the financial services industry in the next administration....more

Another view on Presidential authority to remove Director Cordray

As rumors swirl that President-elect Trump is planning to remove Director Cordray immediately after January 20th, conflicting views have emerged about his authority to do so before the appeal in PHH is resolved. We...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

Proposed reform measure passed by House would result in seismic change in congressional review procedure for “major rules”

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which was enacted as part of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. The CRA created a fast-track legislative process for Congress to nullify...more

Lawmakers take sides on Director Cordray’s future; Senator Warren urges consumer advocates to defend CFPB

Battle lines over Director Cordray’s future at the CFPB are predictably forming along party lines. Earlier this week, two Republican senators sent a letter to Vice President-elect Pence urging Director Cordray’s removal by...more

House passes proposed Congressional Review Act amendments authorizing en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for...

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), a law enacted in 1996 that establishes a procedure by which Congress can nullify a covered rule adopted by a federal agency. According to a Congressional...more

Trump transition team releases names of additional CFPB landing team members

The Trump transition team has released the names of three more individuals who will be members of the CFPB landing team.  “Landing teams” are members of the incoming president’s transition team tasked with gathering...more

[Webinar] What to Expect in Trump's First 100 Days - January 18th, 11:00am ET

After years of gridlock, Congress is poised to unleash a flurry of legislative activity early in 2017. The agenda is jam-packed as the Republican-led Congress targets major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank,...more

Dodd-Frank and Other Laws Facing Indefinite Future in 2017

As 2017 begins, financial markets and the regulators that oversee them are facing significant uncertainty. When President-elect Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office on Jan. 20, all indications suggest that it will mark a...more

Senate Democrats Press Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnunchin for Views on Bank Regulation and Fair Lending Laws

On December 21, 2016, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a pointed letter to President-elect Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven...more

Down But Not Out: The CFPB’s Future May Be Uncertain, But Industry Participants Must Remain Vigilant

Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has been a lightning rod, and there is little dispute that recent events threaten, at a minimum, the current operational structure of the CFPB and...more

Decision of U.S. Appeals Court and Election of Donald Trump Could Spell Doom for Power of CFPB

The power and independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act to facilitate reform in the financial services sector, may be threatened as a result of two...more

Trump nominee to head OMB could create roadblock for CFPB regulations

It has been reported that President-elect Donald Trump has nominated South Carolina Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mr. Mulvaney has been described as a...more

What May the Future Hold for the CFPB under Trump?

The last couple of months have been difficult for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). On October 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the structure of the CFPB was...more

Banking trade groups urge creation of commission to run CFPB

In a letter sent to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader-elect Schumer, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, and the National...more

With President-Elect Trump, What Happens Next for the CFPB?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will have its hands full in the coming months with the combined one-two punch it has suffered at the hands of a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in PHH Corporation v....more

Ten Questions and Nine Answers about PHH and the Future of the CFPB Director

The potentially explosive combination of the D.C. Circuit’s October decision in PHH v. CFPB and the outcome of the presidential election has spurred a host of questions about how the PHH litigation may proceed and about the...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

Members of Congress, consumer advocates file amicus briefs supporting CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

A group of 21 current and former members of Congress and a group of 10 consumer advocacy organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s petition filed with the D.C. Circuit seeking a rehearing of its decision...more

How does the PHH case impact presidential authority to remove Director Cordray?

A blog post entitled “The President’s Removal Power and the PHH Litigation” by Aditya Bamzai, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, challenges the assumption of many observers that the new...more

What Might a Trump Administration Mean for Bankruptcy Lawyers?

Inauguration is still about 2 months away, but it is not too early to begin thinking about what the Trump Administration will mean for commercial lawyers in general and bankruptcy lawyers in particular....more

Whither the CFPB? In Uncertain Times, Rep. Hensarling’s Vision May See New Life

Given the outcome of the presidential election, the focus is now on President-Elect Trump’s campaign promises to scale back the Dodd-Frank Act and pursue deregulation of financial services. As of now, little is known about...more

Chairman Hensarling Open to Revised Financial CHOICE Act

On November 15th, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) signaled that he is willing to consider changes to a reintroduced Financial CHOICE Act next year as a newly elected and party-unified...more

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