Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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OCC Releases Semiannual Report Highlighting Key Risks Facing National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

Recently, the OCC announced the release of its semiannual report, Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2015, highlighting key risk areas affecting national banks and federal savings associations. Based on 2014 year-end...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

As we discussed in a prior newsletter, the evolving landscape for regulated financiers under the Leveraged Lending Guidance1 promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC and OCC has increased uncertainty for regulated...more

OCC Fines National Bank for Alleged Unfair Billing Practices

On June 19, the OCC released recent enforcement actions taken against national banks, federal savings associations, and individuals currently or formerly affiliated with national banks and federal savings associations. Among...more

OCC Revises Residential Real Estate Lending Guidance in Comptroller’s Handbook

On June 15, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Residential Real Estate Lending” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This revised booklet replaces the “Real Estate Loans” booklet issued in March...more

US Regulators’ Anxieties Could Limit European Financing Options

PE houses in Europe have benefitted in recent years from the availability of “Yankee” financings — access to the US leveraged loan markets to support buyout and refinancing activity in Europe, at low interest rates, with...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Approves Final Rule Amending Regulation D - US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Revisions to the Capital Rules Applicable to Advanced...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

OCC to Escheat Funds from Foreclosure Review; Agency Terminates Three Consent Orders and Issues Six Amended Orders

On June 17, the OCC announced that, at year-end 2015, it will escheat any remaining uncashed payments made pursuant to the Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement. Despite the IFR Payment Agreement having already...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 24

In This Issue: - SEC Denies Motion to Stay Regulation A+ - SEC Requests Public Comment on ETPs - CFTC Further Extends Valuation Data Reporting Relief for SDs and MSPs - Eleventh Circuit Upholds...more

Six Federal Regulators Issue Final Interagency Policy Statement on Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities

On June 9, the Federal Reserve Board, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange...more

OCC Announces Improved Online Access to Corporate Application Information and Comments

On June 12, the OCC announced an improvement to the public’s ability to access information online concerning business combination corporate applications submitted by national banks and federal savings associations. The...more

Agencies Finalize Diversity Policy Statement

On June 9, six federal agencies – the Federal Reserve, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and the SEC – issued a final interagency policy statement creating guidelines for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the entities...more

CFPB issues final diversity and inclusion standards

The CFPB was among six federal agencies that issued final new diversity and inclusion standards earlier this week. The other agencies were the OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. The standards go into effect on June 10, 2015 and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Federal Banking Agencies Release Statement on Annual Stress Tests at Medium-Sized Financial Companies - Extension of Transitional Provisions for Exposures to CCPs Formally Announced -...more

Comptroller Supports More CRA Credit for Small Business Lending while CRA Protests Continue to Stall M&A Deals

Why it matters - In recent remarks at the State Small Business Credit Initiative Conference, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed the state of small business credit programs, emphasizing the “crucial...more

National Bank to Pay $30 Million Civil Penalty to OCC for Alleged SCRA Violations

On May 29, the OCC entered into a consent order with a national bank to resolve allegations that it (i) violated the SCRA; (ii) engaged in unsafe and unsound practices in its efforts to comply with the SCRA; and (iii) engaged...more

OCC Comptroller Discusses Emerging Payment Systems Technology and Cybersecurity, FFIEC Set to Release Cybersecurity Assessment...

On June 3, in prepared remarks delivered at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum, OCC Comptroller Thomas Curry advised that as financial institutions continue to develop payment systems, banks need better preparation for...more

FDIC, Federal Reserve and Office of Comptroller of the Currency Reiterate Annual Public Disclosure Requirements for Medium-Sized...

On June 2, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reiterated the disclosure requirements for annual stress tests conducted by...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

LCR – The Fed Takes Tentative Step to Expand HQLAs

When the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) finalized the Liquidity Coverage...more

OCC Issues Final Rule to Integrate Licensing Rules for National Banks and Federal Savings Institutions

On May 18, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) adopted a final rule to (1) integrate its rules relating to policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions involving national banks and federal...more

OCC Issues Final Rule on Integration of Federal Savings Association - National Bank Licensing Rules

Title III of the Dodd-Frank Act transferred to the OCC all functions of the former Office of Thrift Supervision (“OTS”) and the Director of the OTS relating to federal savings associations. 12 U.S.C. § 5412(b)(2)(C). This...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 20

In this issue: - Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: OCC Integrates Licensing Rules for National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On May 18, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a final rule to integrate the policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions of national banks and Federal savings associations....more

OCC, FRB, and FDIC Push Ahead on Reducing Regulation of Community Banks

On May 4, 2015, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Governor Daniel Tarullo, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg held the third in a series of outreach...more

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