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CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief from Mandatory Swaps Clearing for Small Bank Holding Companies, Small Savings and Loan Holding...

On January 8, 2016, the Division of Clearing and Risk (“Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued no-action letters providing relief from the mandatory clearing requirement for swaps under Section...more

Community Banks Face Ever-Increasing Compliance Burden As a Result of Dodd-Frank Rules

According to a “Dodd-Frank Regulations Impacts on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Systematically Important Institutions” report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), community banks continue to...more

GAO Publishes Report Regarding the Impact of Dodd-Frank Regulations on Community Banks, Credit Unions, and Systemically Important...

On December 30, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its fifth report mandated by Section 1573(a) of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (Act), which...more

Virtual Currencies and the Risks They Bring to Community Banks and the Financial Industry

Virtual currencies are once again at the forefront of discussion about top issues facing community banks and the financial industry as a whole. The Independent Community Bankers of America (“ICBA”), a trade association...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds To Industry’s TRID Implementation Concerns: On Dec. 29 the CFPB responded to a letter by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) from Dec. 21. The MBA letter asked the CFPB to...more

Revisiting the Post-Bankruptcy Toolbox: Don’t Forget to Compare the Financials

For better or worse, lenders have become increasingly familiar with the strange dynamic that is the post-bankruptcy minefield created by their borrowers filing a bankruptcy petition. Immediately, lenders begin thinking about...more

Looking Back, Looking Forward – A 2015 Retrospective and 2016 Predictions

This past year has seen many changes in the community banking industry. Some of these issues we expected and some had more of an impact than maybe we would have thought. As we reflect and look forward to 2016, we asked...more

GAO Report Addresses Impact of Dodd-Frank on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Systemically Important Institutions

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has released an annual report required by the Dodd-Frank Act. GAO interviewed community banks, credit unions, and industry associations. Those interviewed cited an increase in...more

Community Banking Excellence -Fourth Quarter 2015

In This Issue: - Looking Back, Looking Forward: A 2015 Retrospective and 2016 Predictions: This past year has seen many changes in the community banking industry. Some of these issues we expected and some had more...more

FAST Act to Provide Regulatory Relief to Community Banks

On December 4, President Obama signed into law H.R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act). Although a transportation bill on its surface, the bill also contains various provisions that are intended...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Capital Acquisition Broker Rules - On Dec. 4 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposal to create a separate rule set that would apply to firms that meet the definition of...more

FAST Act Impact on Community Banks

Last week, President Obama signed into law a $305 billion bundle of legislation referred to as the FAST Act. While the FAST Act was conceived as a transportation bill, it came to contain a number of provisions targeted...more

Top 6 Themes from Goodwin Procter’s 4th Annual Banking Symposium

Meeting grave threats. Partnering for profitable growth, not just for innovation. The need for speed. Fertile ground for partnerships. Changing your culture. Leveraging the community. ...more

Cyber-Risks 2015 – A Board Primer

Cyber-risk is a witch’s brew of reputational, operational, legal and financial dangers. This toxic combination exposes a financial institution to a potentially existential hazard when an intrusion occurs. The only way to...more

An Interview with James C. Cherry, CEO, Park Sterling Bank

With more than three decades of experience in banking in North Carolina and Virginia, Park Sterling’s CEO James C. Cherry has a lot to say about the state of community banks and their future. He graciously took the time to...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 3, 2015

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - James C. Cherry, Chief Executive Officer, Park Sterling Bank: With more than three decades of experience in banking in North Carolina and Virginia, Park Sterling's CEO James C....more

Get Ready, Get Set: Same-Day ACH Service Mandatory in 2016

Why it matters - Continuing its efforts to modernize the U.S. payments infrastructure, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors announced that effective September 23, 2016, receiving depository financial institutions...more

Small Lenders Score a Needed Win before the CFPB: New Regs for Small Lenders Serving Rural and Underserved Areas Offers New...

When many small and community bankers serving rural and underserved areas prepare for their New Year’s Eve toast this year, they will be able to make a major New Year’s Resolution: make more home loans. The Consumer...more

CFPB Expands “Small Creditor” and “Rural Area” Definitions for Qualified Mortgages

On September 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released final and revised versions of mortgage rules regarding small creditors. These changes should ease lenders’ ability to originate qualified mortgages...more

CFPB announces new appointments to advisory groups

The CFPB announced the appointment of new members to its Consumer Advisory Board, Community Bank Advisory Council, and Credit Union Advisory Council. New members to the Consumer Advisory Board will serve three-year terms and...more

New York AG Settles with Community Bank over Redlining Allegations

On September 10, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement agreement with a New York-based community bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in discriminatory mortgage lending practices by...more

Banking Trade Associations Urge Senate Leaders to Pass Regulatory Relief Legislation for Community Institutions

On September 8, four trade associations representing 14,000 financial institutions – the American Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, and the National...more

CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council to meet on Sept. 30

The CFPB has announced that a meeting of its Community Bank Advisory Council is scheduled for September 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Director Cordray will be in attendance and there will be a discussion of consumer challenges...more

The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege: Whose Privilege is it in Litigation?

The attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of the legal practice. The privilege protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and an attorney from disclosure to a third party when the communications are...more

SBA Lending May Be Critical to Future Community Banking

Headlines should read, “Congress and President Do Something Right!” On July 28, 2015, only one day after Congress passed the matter, the President signed into law an increase in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) lending,...more

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