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European Trade Associations Call for Urgent Action to Incorporate ESA Regulations in EEA Agreement

The European Banking Federation (EBF) has published joint letters (dated June 6, 2014) to be sent to the European Commission and to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) signed by the EBF, the European Fund Management...more

Proposed CFPB Rule Would Allow Online Posting of GLBA Privacy Notices

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) requires financial institutions to provide customers with initial and annual notices of their privacy policies, including whether they share consumers’ non-public information with third...more

Attorney General Vows To Continue Operation Choke Point

On June 23, the DOJ released a transcript of a message delivered by Attorney General Eric Holder in which he pledged to continue investigations of financial institutions “that knowingly facilitate consumer scams, or that...more

Bank Customer – Not the Bank – Liable for Fraudulent Wire Transfer

Recent security breaches have focused attention on the allocation of risk associated with fraudulent payments. The recent U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Choice Escrow & Land Title, LLC v. BancorpSouth Bank...more

The Meridian Sunrise Village Opinion Redux

In my last post I discussed the Meridian Sunrise Village v. NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Ltd. opinion handed down by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in March of this year. The...more

New York AG Civil Suit Targets International Bank’s “Dark Pool”, Relationships With High-Frequency Traders

On June 25, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced the filing of a civil suit against a large international bank alleging that, from 2011 to the present, the bank violated the Martin Act by making false...more

Digital Commerce & Payments Update

In this Issue: - Insights & Trends ..The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy - Virtual Currency ..GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups ..Trade Group White Paper...more

Supplemental Interagency Guidance on Tax Allocation Agreements

The federal bank regulators recently issued additional guidance on intercompany income tax allocation agreements between holding companies and their depository institution subsidiaries. Intended to clarify the ownership of...more

Let’s Get Mobile: The CFPB Turns Focus to Mobile Banking

After completing most of its required rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now looking at a wide array of consumer financial products and services for additional regulation....more

Doing Business in Canada: E-Commerce

E-COMMERCE - Canada has a vibrant Internet community. Because of the great expansion of the Internet in Canadian homes and businesses, Canada and its provinces have, in recent years, regulated Internet activity and...more

FFIEC Increasingly Focuses on Cybersecurity Awareness

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), under the leadership of its Chairman Thomas J. Curry, is increasingly focused on cybersecurity risks to financial institutions. At the end of June 2014, the...more

Big Bank gets Spanked to the Tune of $9 Billion

Last week French bank BNP Paribas (BNPP) became the latest financial institution to be penalized for violating the OFAC sanctions programs. BNPP was accused of processing thousands of transactions through U.S. banks for...more

Operation Choke Point Update: Despite Congressional and Industry Criticism, DOJ Will Continue Crackdown On Payday Lending Industry

Since early 2013, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has been formally targeting banks and payment processors servicing a wide range of lawfully operating businesses that various federal agencies, including DOJ...more

New Italian Competition Authority’s Regulation on Legality Rating Certification

On 4 July 2014, the new regulation on legality rating certification by the Italian Competition Authority entered into force. The legality rating is designed to facilitate companies’ access to credit from banks and public...more

Royal Park Investments Sues RMBS Trustee Deutsche Bank Over $3.1 Billion in Alleged Losses

On June 18, Royal Park Investments filed a putative class action in the Southern District of New York against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. This action is similar to a series of lawsuits filed by a group of...more

The Impact of New SEC Municipal Advisors Registration Requirements on Investment Bankers and Their Clients

On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to adopt its final rule establishing registration requirements for municipal advisors in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act. This final rule went...more

Parallel Government Actions Against Bank of America May Proceed

On June 19, Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina issued Orders in two parallel actions by the DOJ and SEC against Bank of America, previously covered in the August 12, 2013 and April 7, 2014...more

Unethical Companies Capitalizing on Employee Deaths: Protect Your Reputation with Compliance Training

It came as sort of a shock to me the other day when I came across the article in Fortune titled, “The many ways companies profit from hastening employees’ deaths.” What I took away from it was that companies are taking out...more

Court of Federal Claims: Merged Corporations are the Same Taxpayer for Interest Netting

In Wells Fargo, the Court of Federal Claims held that a taxpayer may net underpayment balances and overpayment balances among merged entities under Section 6621(d). Section 6621(d) provides that, to the extent the “same...more

OCC Examines Risks Facing National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On June 25, the OCC released a report presenting its findings on the risks facing national banks and federal savings associations. ...more

FRB Governor Tarullo Offers Retrospective and Perspective on Supervisory Stress Testing

In remarks delivered to the FRB’s Third Annual Stress Test Modeling Symposium FRB Governor Daniel K. Tarullo focused on the “qualitative assessment of [large] firms’ capital planning processes” that the FRB conducts “in...more

OCC Report Highlights Cybersecurity, BSA-AML, Indirect Auto Underwriting Concerns

On June 25, the OCC published its semiannual risk report, which provides an overview of the agency’s supervisory concerns for national banks and federal savings associations, including operational and compliance risks....more

FFIEC Launches Cybersecurity Resources Web Page

On June 24, the FFIEC unveiled a new web page that will serve as a central repository for current and future FFIEC-related materials on cybersecurity. Although the FFIEC did not release any new resources, the launch shows the...more

Additional Volcker Rule Guidance Addresses Some Low-Hanging Fruit

When the Volcker Rule was issued by the bank regulators in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (collectively, the Agencies) last December (the Final Rule), it...more

BNP Paribas Agrees to Record Penalty for Violating US Sanctions Laws

On June 30, 2014, BNP Paribas SA (“BNPP”), the largest bank in France, pled guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws and agreed to pay a total of nearly $8.9 billion in criminal forfeiture and penalties to the U.S....more

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