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New Economic Opportunities with Cuba Present Financial Rewards Along with Associated Compliance Challenges

The opening of Cuba to greater commercial and financial activity offers many possibilities for U.S. financial institutions but, with those possibilities, comes a responsibility to meet the complex compliance challenges that...more

CFPB Release Report Critical of Auto Title Loans

On May 18, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report on auto title loans. Auto title loans are small-dollar, high interest, loans that are generally used by borrowers to cover emergency expenses...more

New York Court of Appeals Rules on Lien Priority in Consolidated Mortgages Case

On May 10, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision that consolidated mortgages qualify as the first mortgage of record under Real Property Law article 9-B (the Condominium Act) when the mortgages...more

Swimming with the “Fintechs”– an insight into the future of Financial Technology Companies

Imagine applying for a mortgage or commercial loan on Amazon or shopping for a checking account via an App on your Iphone. As many in the financial services industry may already know, there are a new brand of startups known...more

Foreclosure of Mortgage Securing Electronic Promissory Note Affirmed

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently issued its mandate in Rivera v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. confirming the finality of its decision to uphold the enforcement of an electronic promissory note (“e-note”) in a...more

CFPB launches Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts

The CFPB recently announced that it has launched official Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The CFPB previously launched a Spanish-language website and recently updated the translations on the “Ask CFPB”...more

OCC Updates Comptroller’s Handbook to Include New Student Lending Booklet

On May 9, the OCC updated its Comptroller’s Handbook to include a new booklet titled “Student Lending.” Despite banks having to alter their private student lending strategies as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, the...more

Burma Sanctions Continue to Sunset (IRB No. 553)

On May 17, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") amended the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to broaden the scope of permissible trade with Burma. The Burma regulations, which have been amended piecemeal rather...more

Banking Agencies Issue Deposit-Reconciliation Best Practices

Five federal regulators on Wednesday – the FDIC, the Fed, CFPB, NCUA, and OCC – issued an interagency guidance applicable to all FDIC-supervised financial institutions describing expectations for effective...more

Financial Regulators Explain Their Expectations for Deposit Reconciliation

This week, the Federal Reserve Board, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA and OCC issued guidance regarding the agencies' supervisory expectations for deposit reconciliation on consumer accounts. The agencies summarized their observations on...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Consults on Proposals to Reform Retail Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority published a provisional decision on market issues regarding personal current accounts and retail banking services for small-and medium-sized enterprises. The decision is part of the CMA’s...more

The CFPB’s auto title loan report: last step to a payday/title loan proposal?

The CFPB has issued a new report entitled “Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending,” summarizing data on single-payment auto title loans. The latest report is the fourth report issued by the CFPB in connection with its...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #10

EBA seeks views on the use of consumer data - EBA has published a discussion paper on innovative uses of consumer data by financial institutions. It identifies risks and benefits for consumers and financial institutions,...more

CFPB schedules June 2 field hearing on small dollar lending

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing on small dollar lending in Kansas City, Missouri on June 2, 2016. We anticipate the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of its proposed rule which is...more

CFPB issues guidance on deposit reconciliation practices

The CFPB and four other agencies have issued “Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices.”  The other agencies are the OCC, Fed, FDIC, and NCUA.  The guidance is intended to set forth the agencies’...more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

OCC to hold forum on financial innovation

In his April 2016 appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, Director Cordray made clear that FinTech companies are on the CFPB’s radar screen. In particular, he indicated that while FinTech companies should not have an...more

Treasury Cites Cyber Challenges for Online Marketplace Lending Industry

On May 10, 2016, the United States Department of Treasury (Treasury) became the latest federal agency to highlight the importance of cybersecurity in the financial services industry. In its white paper, which follows last...more

Unintended Consequences of Sanctions Intensify Syrian Refugee Crisis

Last week I wrote about one of the unintended consequences of OFAC’s “scorched earth” enforcement policy against banks and payment processors, namely, the blocking of funds transfers where the memo or the transferee name...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

ATM Skimmer pleads guilty in Rhode Island federal court

Skimming continues to be a problem for ATM machines and law enforcement continues to try to combat the problem. Skimming devices are attached to credit and debit card and ATM machines in order to intercept debit and credit...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.18.16

Lending Club week continues here on the Brief, where the Deal Professor tries to take the good (disrupting the traditional banking system and opening up new paths of credit for consumers) with the bad (yet another...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

CFPB Sues All American Check Cashing

On May 11, 2016, the CFPB sued All American Check Cashing, Mid-State Finance and their President and owner Michael E. Gray. It alleged that the Defendants engaged in abusive, deceptive, and unfair conduct in making certain...more

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