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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA): Recap and What to Expect in 2014 [Video]

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation adopted as final the Interagency Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding...more

Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Supplementary Leverage Ratio Standards

The next step in the adoption of new capital standards will potentially cause the largest U.S. banking organizations to face more stringent minimum capital requirements. On April 8, the Board of Governors of the...more

OCC Issues Booklet On Wage Garnishment

On April 1, the OCC issued a booklet titled “Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments.” The booklet, a new addition to the Comptroller’s Handbook, includes interagency guidance and examination procedures...more

OCC Issues Garnishment Guidance

On April 1, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments” booklet, which is new to the Comptroller’s Handbook. The booklet contains interagency...more

OCC Issues “Asset-Based Lending” Booklet

On March 27, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a new asset-based lending handbook. This booklet “expands the asset-based lending (ABL) examination fundamentals discussed in the ‘Accounts Receivable...more

Joint Regulators Issue Proposed Rule on Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

On March 24, six agencies issued a proposed rule that would implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs). An AMC is an entity that serves as an intermediary...more

FFIEC Issues Joint Statements on DDoS Cyber-Attacks and Cyber-Attacks on ATM and Card Authorization Systems

On April 2, 2014 the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”) issued two joint statements: the first joint statement regards distributed denial-of-service (“DDoS”) attacks, and the second...more

House to hold hearing on economic consequences of actions taken by CFPB and other federal regulators

This Tuesday, April 8, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Who’s in Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom.” ...more

Did You Miss It? Important New Guidance for Financial Institutions Using Social Media

At the end of last year, the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), published final supervisory guidance titled “Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance.” Financial...more

OCC Issues Asset-Based Lending Booklet

On March 27, the OCC issued the Asset-Based Lending (ABL) booklet, which is new to the Comptroller’s Handbook. The booklet provides guidance to examiners and bankers on ABL activities and risks, prudent credit risk management...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA and FHFA issued a proposed rule establishing the minimum requirements for mortgage appraisal management companies. An appraisal management company is generally an entity that...more

California Proposes Rule To Clarify Scope Of Licensing Exemption

Earlier this month, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) issued a notice and request for comment on a proposed amendment to regulations that implement the California Finance Lenders Law (CFLL) and the...more

Federal Regulators Propose Framework for State Supervision of Appraisal Management Companies

On March 24, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, the CFPB, the FHFA, and the NCUA proposed a rule to implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s minimum requirements for registration and supervision of Appraisal Management...more

Comptroller Curry Addresses Senior Management’s AML Compliance Responsibilities, Criticizes “De-Risking”

On March 17, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry reaffirmed his agency’s views with regard to BSA/AML compliance and the responsibilities of senior bank managers and boards of directors. Mr. Curry asserted that BSA...more

Growing Challenge: Managing Third Parties within the Banking Industry

The challenge of managing third party relationships has expanded within the banking industry. In guidance issued last year by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the scope of such relations has grown to...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Federal Agencies Issue Final Stress Test Guidance for Medium-Sized Firms - On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the "Board"), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the...more

Prudential Regulators Finalize Midsize Bank Stress Test Guidance

On March 5, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, and the FDIC issued final guidance for stress tests conducted by banking institutions with more than $10 billion but less than $50 billion in total consolidated assets. Under...more

Final Guidance for Medium-Sized Firms on Dodd-Frank Stress Tests

On March 5, the Fed, the FDIC, and the OCC issued final guidance which describes supervisory expectations for stress tests to be conducted by financial companies with between $10 and $50 billion in total assets. The guidance...more

House Democrats Request Guidance On Banking Access For Marijuana Businesses

On March 5, a group of 16 Democratic U.S. House members sent letters to the leaders of the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, and the NCUA requesting that the agencies issue guidance that would provide legitimate...more

Comptroller Curry Comments On Outsourcing Risks

On March 4, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry addressed the annual meeting of the Independent Community Bankers Association where he stressed the need for banks to effectively manage risk presented by the outsourcing...more

OCC, FRB and FDIC Issue Joint Stress Test Guidance for Medium-Sized Banking Firms

The OCC, FRB and FDIC (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued joint final guidance (the “Final Guidance”) concerning the Agencies’ key supervisory expectations regarding how medium-sized banking organizations--those with more...more

Congresswoman Urges OCC to Scrutinize Mortgage Servicing Rights Sales to Nonbank Servicers

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who serves as the ranking member on the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Mortgage...more

OCC Issues Guidance Regarding Secured Consumer Debt Discharged In Bankruptcy

On February 14, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-02, which clarifies supervisory expectations for national banks and federal savings associations regarding secured consumer debt discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. The...more

Mortgage Banking Takes Center Stage At OCC

On February 7, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a 232-page Mortgage Banking component to the Comptroller’s Handbook, its primary source of guidance for national banks and federal savings...more

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