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Consumer advocates are split on whether Director Cordray should finalize arbitration rule

On Monday, during “The CFPB Speaks” panel I moderated that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan, Diane Thompson, Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB’s...more

President Trump Makes Key Treasury Nominations

President Trump made several nominations for key posts in the US Department of Treasury...more

President Trump Nominates J. Christopher Giancarlo as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

President Donald J. Trump nominated J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco

San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The measure will make an...more

US Department of Labor Proposes Extension to Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date

The US Department of Labor proposed to extend the applicability dates of the fiduciary rule and related exemptions, including the Best Interest Contract Exemption, from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017....more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital

Budget Work Stymied: With the House and Senate headed for a mid-April recess, work on completing the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations for 10 of the 11 appropriations bills remains unfinished despite an approaching April 28th...more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

Trump Administration Continues to Indicate Tide Change Away from Support of the CFPB

As previously reported on this blog, President Trump’s issuance of an Executive Order and the subsequent introduction of bills seeking to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) signaled a...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we...more

Dodd-Frank Act Reforms

In his first weeks in office, President Trump has taken steps to undo or alter major components of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). These include delaying implementation of the...more

New Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Trim The Fat

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Trump’s executive order directs all federal agencies to point out where they can be trimmed down to meet his proposed budget. On Monday, March 13, President Trump signed Executive Order 13781...more

DOL Announces Temporary No Enforcement Policy of Fiduciary Rule

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 effective date of its (much debated) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule – a vestige of the Obama Administration – was thought to...more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Worried About the Fiduciary Rule? Don’t Be…Yet!

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01 on March 10, 2017, which outlines a temporary enforcement policy related to its final fiduciary rule. Background - On February 3, 2017,...more

Consumer Lending Industry Targeted by the Alabama Legislature

Last month, a group of 45 members of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would cap the interest rate a lender may charge an individual on a “consumer loan, line...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Who’s on First? - Current Status of the DOL’s Fiduciary Duty Rule

On March 10, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued “Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2017-01,” notifying financial services firms that the DOL will not, “in the short term,” pursue enforcement of its proposed new...more

OCC won’t allow fintech national bank charters for commercial firms, addressing potential Walmart fintech bank concerns

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued guidance this week stating that it will not approve any fintech national bank application that would “inappropriately commingle banking and commerce,” citing potential...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

CFPB covered by executive order on plan for reorganizing the executive branch

President Trump has signed a new executive order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Unlike the regulatory freeze memo issued on Inauguration Day by...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

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