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OCC steps up SCRA focus in exams

As we have been reporting, the CFPB has made the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) a major focus and instructs its examiners to look at SCRA compliance during examinations. The OCC has also stepped up its focus on SCRA...more

Florida Passes New Law for Loan Compliance

On July 1, 2014, a number of changes to Florida banking laws went into effect. Despite the Florida legislature’s stated desire to decrease regulation on businesses, a new law serves to greatly increase regulation on community...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #3

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Events - Excerpt from Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital: EBA Publishes New...more

Kazakhstan National Bank Tightens Banking and Price Manipulation Rules

The amendments aim to strengthen the requirements for banks’ net equity and charter capital as well as the price manipulation restrictions....more

New EU Sanctions Target Russian Oil Sector, State-Owned Banks and Military Exports

The European Union (EU) enacted Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the Regulation), which contains ‘Stage 3’ sanctions against Russia. These sanctions resemble – but in other ways are different – from the latest US...more

Beyond Switzerland: Preparing for the Fallout from FATCA and Other Global Transparency Initiatives

You have implemented FATCA; what comes next? Will your company be the next witness in a US tax investigation? Financial institutions around the world must now prepare to respond to anticipated inquiries and investigations as...more

FinCEN Proposes Customer Due Diligence Rule

On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial institutions, including brokers or dealers in securities,...more

Securities Class Actions and IPOs Increased In The First Half of 2014

The number of securities class actions filed in the first half of this year increased compared to the same period last year. During the same period the number of IPOs increased significantly, suggesting that in the future...more

Loan Officers Say ATR/QM Rules Make Mortgage Approvals More Difficult

Around 34% of all loan officers responding to a Fed survey indicated the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Standards under the Truth in Lending Act (the ATR/QM rule) makes it more difficult to get conforming...more

Several New States Adopt the National SAFE MLO Test with Uniform State Component

New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Connecticut are the latest states to announce that they will be adopting the National SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) Test with Uniform State Content. The New York Department of Financial...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2014 Summary, Volumn 1, Issue 5

FINCEN PROPOSES CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE - On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Judicial Reform - Personal Data - Banking - Payment System - Credit Histories - Concession Agreements - Excerpt from Judicial Reform: On 28 June 2014 the President signed...more

Bankers Swear To An Ethics Oath; Have They Sworn to Take Ethics and Compliance Training?

My mother enrolled me in Girl Scout Daisies when I was six. It’s an all-girl organization that seeks to help out the community and give back to those less fortunate, and is basically the precursor to becoming a Girl Scout...more

NY Regulator Releases First Regulatory Framework For Virtual Currency

It happened: Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the release of the DFS’s much-anticipated proposal for a BitLicense, stating “We have sought to strike an appropriate...more

Task Force on Governmentally-Mandated Standby Letters of Credit

Unfortunately, as bankers in West Virginia know, these forms are in several respects at odds with letter of credit law and practice. Thus the forms not only are problematic from the standpoint of issuers, but also, they may...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Prudential Regulation and Regulatory Capital - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services...more

Proposed Data Reporting Rule Issued

If you are looking for some light reading these last few weeks of summer, you might want to take a look at the recently released proposed rule regarding changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) also known as...more

ABA seeks CFPB clarification of mortgage servicing rules

The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the CFPB requesting several clarifications to the mortgage servicing rules. The ABA asks the CFPB to make the clarifications part of “regulatory guidance (or regulatory...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud...more

New EU sanctions in relation to Ukraine

On July 18, 2014, the European Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 783/20141 which expanded the scope of individuals, entities and bodies who could be added to the list of sanctions targets. Those materially or financially...more

GAO Can’t Conclude Large Banks Have Lower Funding Costs Than Smaller Banks

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, was asked to review the benefits that the largest bank holding companies (those with more than $500 billion in assets) have received from perceived government support. In...more

FCA guidance for firms thinking of using third-party technology (off-the-shelf) banking solutions

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a document setting out a list of points for financial services firms to consider when preparing for and evaluating third-party technology banking solutions. Where a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2014

Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two Noble Corporation executives settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Proposed Regulations

As the first of their kind, the proposed regulations may add legitimacy to virtual currencies, but the new regulatory regime could stifle innovation and development. On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of...more

2014 Mid-Year Report Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

Welcome to the 2014 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. Its purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

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