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Impact of Proposed “Regulatory Off-Ramp” for Community Banks

A key component of the proposed roadmap for Republican efforts to provide regulatory relief is based on reduced regulatory burdens in exchange for holding higher capital levels. Specifically, Title I of the proposed Financial...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

A Secretary of the Treasury who understands Main Street and Wall Street?

Last week, Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Treasury Department faced a nearly six-hour grilling by Senate Finance Committee Republicans and Democrats, alike. The former Goldman Sachs executive was...more

2017 Resolutions for Community Banks: A Focus on Cybersecurity

In December 2016, Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, stated that cybersecurity was the single greatest systemic threat to our financial system. He was not being hyperbolic. Cybersecurity should be on...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Dodd-Frank and Other Laws Facing Indefinite Future in 2017

As 2017 begins, financial markets and the regulators that oversee them are facing significant uncertainty. When President-elect Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office on Jan. 20, all indications suggest that it will mark a...more

Regulators’ Christmas Gift to Banks: 18-Month Examination Cycle

Earlier this month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued final interagency rules which will reduce regulatory...more

NYS Cyber Regulation Gets Drubbing by Industry Groups in Albany

Industry groups continued their assault yesterday on New York’s “first-in-the-nation” cybersecurity regulation by telling state lawmakers that the proposed regime was inflexible and unfairly burdened smaller institutions....more

Website Accessibility: Proactive Steps to Avoid ADA Claims

Plaintiffs’ law firms have recently been sending demand letters to banks of all sizes alleging that their websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly with regard to accessibility of the websites...more

Banking trade groups urge creation of commission to run CFPB

In a letter sent to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader-elect Schumer, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, and the National...more

Starting a New Bank

On November 29, 2016, the FDIC, as part of its Community Banking Initiative, held an outreach meeting in Atlanta. While the FDIC has indicated that it will publish a handbook regarding applications for deposit insurance in...more

The Strategic Risk Community Banks May Not Have Considered

Community banks that have not considered the potential for partnership with nonbank financial technology (fintech) companies, alone or in collaboration with other community banks, may not be accounting for the full range of...more

Jurors Hit Failed Bank Directors With $5M Verdict

A federal jury in Georgia awarded almost $5 million to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in one of the few suits against the directors of a failed bank that made it all the way to trial. What happened...more

Does Your Bank's Website Violate The ADA?

There has been a recent surge in claims brought by people with visual and hearing impairments alleging that company websites violate the accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Until now, these...more

Community Financial Institutions “Trolled” for Website Accessibility

Many financial institutions across the nation are receiving threatening letters claiming that their websites are not accessible as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The letters first went to financial...more

Growing Together: Collaboration Between Regional and Community Banks and Fintech

As the fintech revolution advances, U.S. regional and community banks stand at a critical juncture. On one side is an on-ramp to the fintech superhighway—a road that is built for great speed but has significant perils as...more

Pointers for Bank Recipients of Demand Letters Asserting ADA Non-Compliance

Community banks have recently been on the receiving end of demand letters from plaintiffs law firms alleging that the banks’ websites are in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”). ...more

CFPBs Meeting with Community Bank Advisory Council Provides Insights into Upcoming Debt Collection Rules

Last week , the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) met with the Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC) to discuss the CFPB’s July 28, 2016, outline of the proposed debt collection rules (Outline) intended to...more

Nutter Bank Report, September 2016

The Federal Reserve Board has released a policy statement that details the framework it will follow in setting the Countercyclical Capital Buffer (“CCB”) for private-sector credit exposures located in the United States. The...more

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

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