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FCA sanctions bank and its MLRO for anti-money laundering systems failings

In this decision report we review the FCA’s action against Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd (Sonali Bank) and its money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Steven Smith, in connection with failings identified in relation to Sonali...more

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Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

The OCC confirms special purpose national bank charters for fintech companies

In public remarks at the Georgetown University Law Center on December 2, 2016, the Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas J. Curry, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will move forward special...more

Comptroller of the Currency Moves Forward to Create a Special Purpose National Bank Charter

On December 02, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced that the OCC “will move forward with chartering financial technology companies that offer bank products and services and meet our high standards and...more

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Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept...more

NY Financial Services Companies’ 2017 Resolution: Cybersecurity

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made headlines back in late September with a “first-in-the-nation” piece of legislation aimed at mandating specific cybersecurity protocols for banks, insurance...more

Outlook: Four key trends that will drive future fintech M&A

Fintech has matured. As it has evolved, so has the way in which financial institutions approach it from an M&A perspective. Financial institutions that initially viewed fintech startups as threatening competitors now...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

CFPB submits proposal to expand consumer complaint feedback for OMB approval

The CFPB has taken another step towards implementing its proposal to add a survey to its current complaint intake form that a consumer could choose to complete to provide feedback on the company’s response to his or her...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Latest Developments in Financial Services Law - December 14th, 1:00pm CST

This webinar will provide information on recent developments in financial services law over the past year....more

The New Future of US Banking and Financial Services Regulation

The presidential election has opened the possibility of significant changes to the Dodd-Frank Act regime that has been implemented over the last six years. It remains to be seen what plans the incoming administration will...more

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Loyal Starwood pointers have been waiting anxiously to hear what the hotel brand’s merger with Marriott will mean for their coveted reward system. They’ll have to wait a bit longer, but here are a lot of answers to other...more

The European Central Bank Publishes Draft Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

ECB Consultation Paper - On 23 November 2016, the European Central Bank (the “ECB”) launched a public consultation in relation to draft guidance for Eurozone banks intended to develop clear and consistent definitions,...more

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A new trading link dropping next week will give international investors access to more than 800 stocks listed on China’s Shenzhen stock market, the boom/bust venue best known for its “rampant speculation”....more

New EU Banking Legislation Reforms

On 23rd November 2016, the European Commission released a package of banking legislation reforms. Some of these were expected – in particular those related to the minimum requirement for eligible liabilities and own funds...more

Spikes in Sales and Compliance

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Issues Responsible Innovation Framework

The OCC announced it will establish an office dedicated to responsible innovation and implement a formal framework to improve the agency’s ability to identify, understand and respond to financial innovation affecting the...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Announces Annual Indexing of 2017 Reserve Requirement Exemption Amount and of...

The US Board of Governors of the FRS announced the annual indexing of reserve requirement exemption amount and low reserve tranche, two amounts used in determining reserve requirements of depository institutions under...more

DFS Cyber Regulation: Part II – An Interview with Bay Dynamics’ Steven Grossman

This is the second installment in our interview with Steven Grossman, VP Strategy & Enablement at Bay Dynamics, the cyber risk analytics company. Here, Steven discusses the importance of aligning an institution’s risk...more

Swiss Government Establishing “Crypto-Bank” as New Category of Financial Institution and Creating New FinTech Company License

On, November 2, 2016, during its weekly meeting, the Swiss Federal Council (the Council), the executive council which serves as the collective executive head of the government of Switzerland, requested an easing of the Swiss...more

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Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Division of Market Oversight Reminds Market Participants of the Upcoming Expiration of Certain No-Action Relief From the Ownership and Control Final Rule - On November 16,...more

Banks to Broaden Reporting of Suspicious Cyber Activity; Regulators Propose “Enhanced” Cybersecurity Standards

The fourth quarter of 2016 has seen an uptick in regulatory activity respecting the financial services sector in the cybersecurity space, both at the state level as previously discussed (here) and on the federal level....more

Chairman Hensarling Open to Revised Financial CHOICE Act

On November 15th, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) signaled that he is willing to consider changes to a reintroduced Financial CHOICE Act next year as a newly elected and party-unified...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

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