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Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well

The general phrase “lender liability” usually refers to cases where a lender does not live up to its own loan agreement, or where a loan officer promises more than the loan documents provide, or where the lender sells...more

Federal Reserve Takes Action Against Bank For Vendor’s Allegedly Deceptive Practices

On July 1, the Federal Reserve Board announced a joint enforcement action with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation against a state bank that allegedly failed to properly oversee a nonbank...more

Federal, State Prudential Regulators Issue HELOC Guidance

On July 1, the OCC, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the NCUA, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued interagency guidance on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) nearing their end-of-draw periods....more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to vote on TRIA reauthorization bill, Federal Reserve Membership - This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill (S. 2244) that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

OIG updated work plan adds focus to information security, compensation, and distribution of civil penalty funds

The most notable items added by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to its work plan, updated as of July 7, 2014, are audits of the CFPB’s information security program, pay and compensation program, and distribution of...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note

In This Issue: - 70 Countries Agree to Share Bank Information in Tax Evasion Probe - Financial Industry Pushes Back Against Proposed ERISA Requirements - Federal Reserve Proposes Tougher Stress Tests for...more

Bank Holding Companies Must Review Their Tax Allocation Agreements With Subsidiary Banks Now!

Taxes remain a certainty in life, but in an effort to reduce confusion regarding the ownership of tax refunds—particularly in light of court opinions reaching varying conclusions when considering failed banks—the Board of...more

Observation 1.0.1 on the Volcker Rule: With Summer Comes the First Wave — Of Guidance

A set of frequently asked questions, developed jointly and adopted in substantively identical form by the federal banking agencies (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the...more

Documenting a Borrower’s Intent to Apply for Joint Credit under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) was signed into law by Congress in 1974. This law makes it unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an applicant in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of, inter...more

Additional Volcker Rule Guidance Addresses Some Low-Hanging Fruit

When the Volcker Rule was issued by the bank regulators in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (collectively, the Agencies) last December (the Final Rule), it...more

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHL Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

In August 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) will conduct a benchmark survey of foreign holdings of U.S. issuers’ securities on Treasury International Capital...more

Federal Reserve Issues Guidance on Implementation Plans and Other Enhanced Prudential Standards for Foreign Banking Organizations

On June 26, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (“Board”) published on its website responses to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) relating to enhanced prudential standards under Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its...more

“… Because That’s Where the Money Is.” OCC Head Highlights Oversight of Cybersecurity for Financial Industry—Will All Vendors...

Why are banks often tempting targets for criminals and terrorists alike? Thomas Curry, the head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), recently reminded us: “… because that’s where the money is.” But what...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Recent Developments Affecting Banking Entities, Funds and Securitization Vehicles

Following years of incubation, in December 2013, five U.S. regulatory agencies – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

"First-Half Activity Energizes US Capital Markets in 2014"

The U.S. equity and debt markets experienced a strong first half of the year. In the first quarter, the U.S. IPO market was the busiest since 2000, more than doubling the number of IPOs from the same period last year. ...more

"Latest Swiss Cross-Border Tax Investigation Reflects Wider US Enforcement Agenda"

Authorities in the U.S. continue to crack down on foreign financial institutions that have allegedly aided U.S. taxpayers in evading their tax obligations. On May 19, 2014, Credit Suisse AG pled guilty to conspiracy to aid...more

Prudential Regulators Propose Changes To Timing Of Stress Tests

On June 12, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC separately released proposed rules that would push back by 90 days the start date of the stress test cycles and the deadlines for submitting stress test results....more

Regulators Seek Comment On “Outdated, Unnecessary” Regs

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council started their spring...more

Payday Lenders Sue Government Over Operation Choke Point

On June 5, the Community Financial Services Association and one of its short-term, small dollar lender members filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming the FDIC, the OCC, and the...more

Fed to Bank Directors: Pay Attention

Daniel K. Tarullo of the Board Of Governors of the Federal Reserve System delivered a speech on the intersection of corporate governance and prudential regulation. Some of the points he noted were (emphasis added)...more

An Interview with Robert T. Braswell, President & CEO, Carolina Bank

Timothy R. Moore, Member, Spilman Thomas & Battle interviews Robert T. Braswell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Bank. Q: What is the most personally rewarding part of being a community...more

Banking Regulators: Exit Fees for Bond Mutual Funds?

Should federal regulators impose exit fees on bond funds? Officials at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve may think so....more

FRB Governor Tarullo Makes Presentation Concerning Alignment of Bank Corporate Governance and Prudential Regulation

FRB Governor Daniel K. Tarullo made a provocative presentation concerning bank corporate governance and prudential regulation to corporate and financial law professors and other attendees at the Midyear Meeting of the...more

OCC’s Interim Volcker Rule Examination Procedures Provide Much-Needed Guidance to Banks Seeking to Comply

On June 12, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued interim procedures for examiners to assess banks’ progress in developing a framework to comply with the requirements of what is commonly known as...more

SEC and Banking Agencies Release Volcker Rule FAQs; OCC Issues Interim Volcker Rule Examination Procedures

The SEC, FRB, OCC and FDIC (collectively, the “Agencies”) recently issued FAQs regarding implementation of Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (the “Volcker Rule”). (The FAQs issued by each of the Agencies are...more

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