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Senator Shelby Speaks to Baker Donelson; Releases Financial Regulatory Proposal

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, last week released the text of the discussion draft of "The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act...more

White House Opposes Bill Giving Small Businesses Greater Voice in CFPB Rulemaking

Last month, the White House informed Congress that it opposes a bill passed by the House of Representatives designed to give small businesses a larger role in developing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and...more

Senator Shelby Moves Forward with Major Dodd-Frank Reforms

On May 12, 2015, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the text of draft legislation intended to reform the regulatory framework...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and...more

OCC, FRB, and FDIC Push Ahead on Reducing Regulation of Community Banks

On May 4, 2015, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Governor Daniel Tarullo, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg held the third in a series of outreach...more

FDIC Chairman Discusses Role and Current Challenges Facing Community Bank Directors

On May 12, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg delivered remarks at the American Association of Bank Directors (AABD)-SNL Knowledge Center Bank Director Summit. In his prepared remarks, Gruenberg discussed, among other things, (i)...more

Department of Justice Reprioritizes Asset Seizure in Structuring Cases But Risks Remain

On December 23, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina filed a Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem seeking to forfeit $107,702.66 belonging to Lyndon McLellan, the owner of L&M Convenient Mart...more

OCC Comptroller Curry Delivers Remarks on Easing Regulatory Burdens on Small Banks

On May 4, OCC Comptroller Thomas J. Curry delivered remarks at the third outreach meeting held under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) in Boston. Acknowledging that smaller banks lack...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Insuring Against Data Breaches - Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorneys' Fees & Costs - Dodd-Frank Act Update April 2015 Edition - Bond Financing:...more

We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Ease Your Regulatory Burden

Why it matters - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is trying to make life easier for community banks, Comptroller Thomas J. Curry recently explained in a speech, working on legislation that would...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Expands Applicability of Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement - US Federal Reserve Board Requests Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D -...more

Fed Eases Small Bank M&A Rules

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board has modified its Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to facilitate the sale of smaller community banks. Under the final rule, a holding company with less than...more

FFIEC’s Seven Cybersecurity Priorities for 2015

While others were waiting for spring to arrive, community bank officers and directors were waiting for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to provide additional guidance on its cybersecurity...more

Comptroller Curry Remarks on OCC Assistance to Mutual Savings Associations and Community Banks

On March 23, OCC Comptroller Curry delivered remarks at the ABA Mutual Community Bank Conference regarding the agency’s supervision of mutual savings associations and community banks. Curry focused on the agency’s ongoing...more

FinCEN Fines Community Bank Over BSA Violations

On February 27, FinCEN announced a $1.5 million civil money penalty against a Pennsylvania-based community bank for violating the BSA. Of that amount, $500,000 will go to the OCC, the bank’s primary regulator, for BSA...more

FinCEN Targets Community Bank - $1.5 Million Penalty for Failure to File Suspicious Activity Reports

On February 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced a $1.5 million civil penalty against the First National Community Bank of Dunmore, Pennsylvania (“FNCB”), arising from FNCB’s admission that...more

Community Banks “Performed Especially Well” During 4th Quarter

On February 24, the FDIC announced fourth quarter earnings for all federally insured institutions, with substantial increases in community bank earnings. Community bank earnings for the fourth quarter rose $1.0 billion to...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

Federal Banking Regulators Testify on “Regulatory Relief”

On February 10, officials from federal and state banking authorities – the Fed, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and the CSBS – testified at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee on ways the agencies can provide “regulatory relief” to community...more

Federal Reserve Board Invites Comments on Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement

On January 29, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) invited public comment on a proposed rule to expand the applicability of the Board’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement (Policy Statement)...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - FDIC Highlights Efforts to Provide Regulatory Relief for Community Banks: On February 10, 2015, Doreen Eberley, Director at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), testified before the U.S....more

Federal Reserve Proposes to Expand the Applicability of Board’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement

On January 29, Federal Reserve Board (Fed) invited public comment on a proposed rule to expand the applicability of the Board’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement (Policy Statement) for small bank holding companies...more

"Managing Regulatory Risk in Bank M&A"

We expect the slowly developing but increasingly perceptible trend toward community and regional bank consolidation in the United States to continue in 2015. In connection with growing bank M&A activity, closing risk in the...more

Opt-Out Election for AOCI Under Basel III Approaches

The beginning of 2015 marked the implementation of Basel III for community banks including the changes to required capital ratios. Although community banks have been preparing for the implementation for months, one of the...more

OCC Appoints Comptroller of Troubled Banks

On January 26, the OCC named Michael Brickman as the Deputy Comptroller for Special Supervision. In his role, Brickman will manage the supervision of the OCC’s most problematic midsize and community banks, and will oversee...more

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