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Federal Website Lawsuits Top 100 As New Wave Of Demand Letters Hits Community Banks

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing them. Businesses need advice now on how to manage risk in this chaotic...more

CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council to meet Sept. 29

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC) will be held on September 29, 2016. The notice indicates that the CBAC will discuss youth...more

Director Cordray Responds To Letter from Senators Seeking Tailored Rulemaking for Community Banks and Credit Unions

Last month, a bipartisan group of 70 senators were signatories to a letter sent to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray urging the CFPB to “carefully tailor its regulations to match the unique...more

Director Cordray responds to letter from Senators seeking tailored rulemaking for community banks and credit unions

Last month, a bipartisan group of 70 Senators were signatories to a letter sent to Director Cordray urging the CFPB to “carefully tailor its regulations to match the unique nature of community banks and credit unions.” In...more

CFPB announces new appointments to advisory groups

The CFPB has announced the appointment of new members to its Consumer Advisory Board, Community Bank Advisory Council, Credit Union Advisory Council, and Academic Research Council. In January 2016, the CFPB published a...more

Community Banks Win Exemption From Dodd-Frank Margin Requirements

Community banks and other small financial institutions will not have to post margin for their noncleared swap transactions. On August 1, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the...more

Economies of Scale Encourage Continued Consolidation

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis just published a short summary of research by economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City concluding that compliance costs weigh “quite a bit” more heavily on smaller banks...more

State Banking Regulators Issue Annual Report

What were state banking regulators focused on last year? A new report from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) reveals that state regulators "increased coordination and collaboration between state regulators and...more

What Community Banks of All Sizes Need to Know About the Proposed Interagency Rulemaking on Incentive Compensation

The federal banking supervisors have jointly published 285 pages of proposed rules on incentive-based compensation practices, as required by the Dodd-Frank legislation enacted in 2010. The proposed rules only apply to banks...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.1.16

All of us are entitled to a change of heart. But when you’re one of the world’s most famous activist investors and the change involves a decent-sized stake in a drug maker (Allergan) that just 5 months ago was mixed up with a...more

READER ALERT: A New and Improved Act Concerning Banking and Consumer Protection in Connecticut

Are You Ready? Recently Enacted Public Act 16-65 – also called The Act Concerning Banking and Consumer Protection... ..Implements a new procedure for maintaining priority of a modified residential mortgage loan...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Gruenberg Remarks on Banking Industry Consolidation and the Prospect of De Novo...

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg discussed the consolidation of community banks, noting that while many of the smallest (with assets less than $100 million) have either consolidated or...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Hoenig Discusses a Framework for Tailored Supervision

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig discussed the decline of traditional community banks over the last thirty years and the resulting concentration of the US financial system in a few large...more

What Banks Need to Do to Address Technological Change

In the past few years the FinTech industry has grown exponentially. According to a recent Forbes article, the existing number of FinTech start-ups globally are between 5,000 and 6,000, all seeking to take a slice of the...more

Nutter Bank Report, April 2016

The Nutter Bank Report is a monthly publication of the firm's Banking and Financial Services Group. Headlines 1. FDIC Approves Proposed Rule to Limit Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements 2. Congress Considers...more

FDIC Provides Corporate Governance Guidance to Community Banks

The FDIC issued a special edition of Supervisory Insights, “A Community Bank Director’s Guide to Corporate Governance: 21st Century Reflections on the FDIC Pocket Guide for Directors.” This special corporate governance...more

FDIC’s Corporate Governance Guidance Reinforces Board of Directors’ Role in Cybersecurity Preparedness

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has long considered a community bank’s board of directors as one of the most important elements in the successful operation of a bank. Nearly thirty years ago, the FDIC issued its...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016

Regulatory Developments - DOL Issues Final Fiduciary Rule - On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its pre-publication final version of the long-awaited fiduciary rule (the Final Rule). Some of the more...more

Joint Interim Final Rule Published Relating to Expanded Examination Cycle Eligibility

On March 24, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued and are requesting public comment on an...more

CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council to meet on April 21

The CFPB will hold a meeting of its Community Bank Advisory Council on April 21, 2016 in Washington, D.C. According to the CFPB’s notice published in today’s Federal Register, there will be a discussion of the CFPB’s...more

Too Small to Succeed or Ownership Structure to Thrive?

Two recent federal banking agency reports show very different pictures of the banking environment for community banks. In “Too Small to Succeed? – Community Banks in a New Regulatory Environment,” the Federal Reserve Bank of...more

Reports Emanate From Washington That Financial Regulators Poised To Promulgate New Restrictions On Community Bank Executive...

In June of 2010 bank regulatory agencies issued final guidance relating to incentive compensation arrangements at all financial institutions. Shortly thereafter in July, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Act....more

Payday Lending, Exemption for Community Banks, Arbitration and Ally Were the Hot Topics During CFPB Director Cordray's Testimony...

There was no shortage of emotionally charged rhetoric and pointed accusations during yesterday's testimony of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB or "Bureau") Director, Richard Cordray, before the House Financial...more

The Oil and Natural Gas Industry: The Impacts and Uncertainty Continue

By now we’ve all seen the headlines: “Oil crashes below $27 a barrel,” “Oil prices likely to remain low 3-5 years” and “U.S. oil bankruptcies spike 379%.” At first, these headlines seemed a little “distant” to me. It seemed...more

Highmark Properties Revisited: Lender Credit Bids

The dust has yet to settle on the landmark decision of High Point Bank & Trust Co. v. Highmark Properties, LLC, 776 S.E.2d 838 (N.C. 2015). Before delving into the decision that should serve as a harbinger of imminent and...more

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