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Is It Going to Be a Bumpy Ride?

Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in “All About Eve” famously said, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Does that sum up the status of future community bank merger activity? Maybe so. Many financial...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 1 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From The Editor - Did You Miss It? - And the Bidding Starts At . . .? The Impact of Two Recent Bankruptcy Decisions On Determining Foreclosure Sale Bids - Don't Bite...more

Community Banks: OCC Guidance On Volker Rule

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, has issued a short bulletin on compliance with the Volker Rule. While largely a short restatement of the rule, it contains this note for community banks...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks

Andy Campbell presented “Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks,” a look at the benefits and risks for banks cultivating a social media presence. Andy’s presentation included discussion of: - regulatory...more

OCC Announces Workshops For National Community Bank Directors

On January 15, the OCC announced its 2014 schedule of workshops for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations. The workshops, which are led by OCC examiners and are meant to provide practical...more

Observation 1.1.1.1 On The Volcker Rule: Community Banks – Compliance Redux

In Observation 1.1.1, we discussed the surprise treatment under the new Volcker Rule regulations of collateral debt obligations (CDOs) backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS) as “covered funds,” which would force banking...more

Financial Services Law -- Jan 17, 2014

Community Banks and the Volcker Rule: What’s Next? - For now, banks that have investments in CDO securities that are issued by funds that are invested in trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs) have dodged a bullet. On...more

Community Bank TruPS CDOs Exempted from the Volcker Rule

Interim final rule exempts collateralized debt obligation vehicles that hold qualifying community bank trust preferred securities from the private fund sponsorship and investment prohibitions....more

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Resolve CDO-TruPS Controversy

In the latest installment of the Volcker Rule’s collateralized debt obligation-trust preferred securities (CDO-TruPS) controversy, on January 8, two House Financial Service Committee members introduced a bill to exempt...more

CFPB seeking new members for Consumer Advisory Board and Credit Union/Community Bank Advisory Councils

The CFPB is seeking new members for its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB asks...more

FDIC Responds To Concerns Over Bank Formations, Need For De Novo Policy Changes

On December 30, the FDIC responded to a recent joint letter from the AABD and ICBA expressing concern with the lack of new bank charters and proposing policy reforms to encourage more de novo applications. As the trade groups...more

DOJ Alleges Community Bank’s Unsecured Loan Pricing Violated ECOA

Last month, the DOJ announced a settlement with a three-branch, $78 million Texas bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of national origin in the pricing of...more

Federal Agencies Issue Statement On Subjecting TruPS CDOs To Volcker Rule

On December 27, in response to substantial criticism and legal action by banking trade groups, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, and the SEC stated that they are reviewing whether it is appropriate and consistent...more

Observation 1.1.1 On The Volcker Rule: Community Banks – Compliance

On December 10, 2013, the federal banking agencies jointly issued final regulations to implement the “Volcker Rule,” added to the Bank Holding Company Act by Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, to prohibit banking entities and...more

Controversy over the Volcker Rule and Trust-Preferred CDOs

The banking industry’s recent challenge to the newly promulgated Volcker Rule focuses on collateralized debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities (TruPS CDOs). Even though TruPS CDOs do not represent the kind of...more

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Interview with a Community Banking Professional - Holiday Wishes - Accidents Don't Cut It - Ensuring You Don't "Unintentionally" Violate the Automatic Stay - Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive...more

Federal Banking Regulators Provide Community Banks with Regulatory Capital Estimation Tool

The FDIC, FRB and OCC (the “Agencies”) each made available a regulatory capital estimation tool (the “Estimation Tool”) that is designed to help community banks evaluate the potential impact on their capital ratios of the...more

Agencies Release a Regulatory Capital Estimation Tool for Community Banks

The federal bank regulatory agencies on November 19 released an estimation tool to help community banks understand the potential effects of the recently revised regulatory capital framework on their capital ratios. The...more

Regulatory Capital Estimation Tool for Community Banks

On November 19, the Fed, the OCC and the FDIC released an estimation tool to help community banks understand the potential effects on their capital ratios of the regulatory capital reforms imposed by Basel III and the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 25,2013

FDIC Guidance on Deposit Advance Products - On November 21, the FDIC issued final supervisory guidance to FDIC-supervised financial institutions with respect to the risks imposed by certain deposit advance products. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume VIII, Issue 45

In this issue: - SEC Chair Mary Jo White Outlines Potential Changes to “Accredited Investor” Definition - CFTC Issues Final Rules for Systemically Important Derivatives Clearing Organizations - CFTC...more

CFPB's New Regulations Will Affect Local Banks and Small Servicers

While the new regulations implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) are designed to apply primarily to big banks and loan servicers, the regulatory environment for small and community banks will also be...more

Banking Notes - October 2013: New Capital Rules for Community Banks

While small banks avoided some of the dreaded brunt of Basel III, this summer’s capital changes require all banks to reconsider their capital positions and may drive some banks to raise capital. Fortunately, the final rules...more

Banking Notes - October 2013: Five Practical Tips for Bank Acquirors

As the fog of the recent economic recession continues to lift, many community banks that have weathered the storm are shifting from a defensive-minded strategy to an offensive one, which in many cases focuses on the...more

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