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Bank of England Opens Up Access to Payment Schemes for FinTech Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Bank of England (BoE) announced on 19 July 2017 that it is extending direct access to its real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service to non-bank payment service providers (i.e., e-money institutions and payment service...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

German Federal Supreme Court: ‘Sofortüberweisung’ Must Not be the Only Free-of-Charge Payment Method in B2C Contracts

by Reed Smith on

According to a press release of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband; ‘vzbv’) dated 19 July 2017, the German Federal Supreme Court (‘FSC’) issued a judgment that held it is...more

Day 16 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO’s Objectives and Principles-Risk Assessments

by Thomas Fox on

The Integrated Framework (Framework Volume) recognizes that “every entity faces a variety of risks from external and internal sources.” This objective is designed to provide a company with a “dynamic and iterative process for...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership- Leadership Lessons from Toussaint Louverture

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I explore leadership lessons from Toussaint Louverture, who held the only successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Our remarks are based on the recent biography of him entitled,...more

At the Intersection of Cybersecurity and White Collar

by Blank Rome LLP on

The global "ransomware" cyberattack in early May 2017 resulted in tens of thousands of computer systems being taken hostage by hackers and, in the instances involving hospitals, put lives at risk. Companies that suffered...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 343, James Koukios on Morrison Foerster May Anti-Corruption Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with James Koukios, a partner at Morrison and Foerster on the firm’s newsletter, Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2017. Our topics include: 1. FCPA Assistant Chief BJ...more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO’s Objectives and Principles: Control Environment

by Thomas Fox on

The updated Framework retained the core definition of internal controls; those being control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring activities. However, it built up...more

Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years,...more

Acting Comptroller Endorses Fintech Charters

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In July 19, 2017 remarks prepared for delivery to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika expressed his support for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (“OCC”)...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

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

OCC FinTech Charter in Trump Administration Cards

by Goodwin on

If you are wondering about the prospects of the OCC FinTech national bank charter under the Trump Administration, we got a sign yesterday. In his remarks to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., President Trump’s Acting...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...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

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...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

Gift Card Class Action Settles

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

SoulCycle, Inc. (“SoulCycle”) has agreed to pay up to $9.2 million to settle a gift card class action lawsuit in California. What were the allegations of wrongdoing against SoulCycle and what are the terms of settlement?...more

COMPLIANCE INTO THE WEEDS-EPISODE 46-THE POTTED PLANT EDITION

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in HSBC v. Moore. In this case a federal district court had ordered the release of redacted monitor’s report in the HSBC...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment

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It is reasonable to expect that internal controls over gifts, travel and entertainment (GTE) be designed to ensure that all satisfy the criteria as defined in company policies. Generally speaking, these are fairly narrow,...more

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

NYDFS Makes Inquiry into Life Insurers’ Use of Algorithmic Underwriting

On June 29, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued an information request pursuant to Section 308 of the New York Insurance Law addressed to all life insurers and fraternal benefit societies...more

NYDFS Updates FAQs to Clarify Cybersecurity Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its cybersecurity regulations, 23 NYCRR 500, to address four new issues. NYDFS published its initial set of FAQs...more

Hacker Steals Millions from Virtual Currency Exchange Bithumb

A cyber-attack against–Bithumb–one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges and one of the five largest in the world—has reaped access to the data of 30,000 users and drained their accounts in the process. Bithumb is...more

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