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Fed Governor Discusses Payment Security

On June 25, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell delivered remarks at a payments conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas to discuss improvements to the U.S. payments system. Specifically, Powell advised that...more

Federal Reserve Orders Community Bank to Improve its BSA/AML Program

On June 23, the Board of Governors announced the execution of an enforcement action against a California-based community bank over BSA/AML deficiencies. According to the Cease and Desist Order, the deficiencies were...more

Financial Agencies’ Joint Diversity Standards Voluntary for Regulated Entities

Six federal financial agencies—the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection...more

US Regulators’ Anxieties Could Limit European Financing Options

PE houses in Europe have benefitted in recent years from the availability of “Yankee” financings — access to the US leveraged loan markets to support buyout and refinancing activity in Europe, at low interest rates, with...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Approves Final Rule Amending Regulation D - US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Revisions to the Capital Rules Applicable to Advanced...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Dodd-Frank Overkill—Community Bank M&A Deals Must Not Pose a Risk to U.S. Financial Stability

Why it matters - With their recent approvals of BB&T’s acquisition of a $2 billion community bank, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Federal Reserve) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) were...more

Supreme Court to Settle Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s Spouse-Guarantor Rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to address a split between circuits that emerged last summer centering on whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) permits financial institutions to require the spouse of a loan...more

Federal Reserve Releases 2015 Annual Performance Plan

Recently, the Federal Reserve submitted to Congress its 2015 Annual Performance Plan, which sets forth the Board’s planned projects, initiatives, and activities for the upcoming year. The Plan, which complements the Federal...more

Six Federal Regulators Issue Final Interagency Policy Statement on Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities

On June 9, the Federal Reserve Board, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #3

In This Issue: - US Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Guidance Regarding Calculations of Stage 1 Threshold - US Federal Agencies Issue Final Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of...more

Agencies Finalize Diversity Policy Statement

On June 9, six federal agencies – the Federal Reserve, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and the SEC – issued a final interagency policy statement creating guidelines for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the entities...more

FTC Provides Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to CFPB and Federal Reserve

On June 9, the FTC announced that it has provided to the CFPB its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report. The report highlights the FTC’s enforcement, research, rulemaking, and policy development activities with...more

CFPB issues final diversity and inclusion standards

The CFPB was among six federal agencies that issued final new diversity and inclusion standards earlier this week. The other agencies were the OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. The standards go into effect on June 10, 2015 and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Federal Banking Agencies Release Statement on Annual Stress Tests at Medium-Sized Financial Companies - Extension of Transitional Provisions for Exposures to CCPs Formally Announced -...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: SEC Chair Highlights Recent Accomplishments - In a June 4, 2015 speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White highlighted recent activities of the SEC and identified work to be done in the near future....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Provides Additional Analysis Related to Proposed Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules - On June 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided additional analysis related to its proposed rules for pay ratio disclosure. The...more

Federal Reserve Orders Two Financial Institutions to Improve BSA/AML Compliance Programs

On June 1, a Boston-based international financial services holding company and its banking subsidiary agreed to address deficiencies in how they manage compliance risks with respect to their BSA/AML compliance program. The...more

FDIC, Federal Reserve and Office of Comptroller of the Currency Reiterate Annual Public Disclosure Requirements for Medium-Sized...

On June 2, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reiterated the disclosure requirements for annual stress tests conducted by...more

NACHA Adopts Same-Day ACH Rule

On May 19, NACHA adopted a rule enabling the same-day processing and settlement of most types of ACH payments (same-day rule). In 2012, NACHA had proposed an Expedited Processing and Settlement (EPS) rule providing for a...more

FinCrimes Update - May 2015 Supplement

FEDERAL RESERVE ORDERS TWO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO IMPROVE BSA/AML COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS - On June 1, a Boston-based international financial services holding company and its banking subsidiary agreed to improve...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015

In This Issue: - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Proposes Rule to Treat US Municipal Securities as Level 2B High-Quality Liquid Assets under the Liquidity Coverage Ratio - US Financial...more

LCR – The Fed Takes Tentative Step to Expand HQLAs

When the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) finalized the Liquidity Coverage...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments - The European Banking Authority ("EBA") has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Adding Additional Asset Types to Meet LCR Requirements

On May 21, the Federal Reserve Board proposed adding certain general obligation state and municipal bonds to the range of assets a banking organization may use to satisfy the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) requirements...more

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