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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Jointly Determine that Five US...

The US Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation jointly determined that the 2015 resolution plans of the following five US domestic global systemically important banking organizations are not credible:...more

GAO Says Regulators Should Improve Transparency in Evaluating Banks’ “Living Wills”

GAO has issued a report which noted the FDIC and Federal Reserve have developed separate but similar review processes for determining whether a resolution plan, often referred to as a “living will,” is “not credible” or would...more

Half-Hearted Relief for Munis: The Fed Adopts a Final Rule to Include Certain Municipal Securities as HQLAs Under the LCR Rule

On March 31, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”) to amend the Federal Reserve’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rule and Modified Liquidity...more

Joint Interim Final Rule Published Relating to Expanded Examination Cycle Eligibility

On March 24, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued and are requesting public comment on an...more

Too Small to Succeed or Ownership Structure to Thrive?

Two recent federal banking agency reports show very different pictures of the banking environment for community banks. In “Too Small to Succeed? – Community Banks in a New Regulatory Environment,” the Federal Reserve Bank of...more

Interagency Guidance: CIP Requirements Apply to Certain Prepaid Cards

On March 21, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the U.S. Department of...more

FinCEN, Banking Agencies Release Guidance on Applying Customer Identification Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Cards

On March 21, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and FinCEN published guidance to issuing banks (i.e., banks that authorize the use of prepaid cards) intended to clarify the application of customer identification program...more

Senior Officials of US Bank Regulatory Agencies Deliver Remarks Regarding Bank Supervisory Process

As part of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Conference on Bank Supervision, senior officials of several US bank regulatory agencies delivered remarks regarding the effectiveness of bank supervision and key components of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Online Marketplace Lenders - On March 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two initiatives: it will now accept complaints from...more

Financial Services Report, Spring 2016

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - Federal Reserve Board Repeals Regulation AA and Proposes Repeal of Regulation C - On Feb. 11, the Federal Reserve Board took steps towards transferring some of its rulemaking authority to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Provides Framework for Cybersecurity in Recent Supervisory Insights - The FDIC featured an article titled “A Framework for Cybersecurity” in the Winter 2015 issue of Supervisory...more

Interagency CRE Guidance Update

In the ancient world kings and emperors regularly sought advice from the Oracle at Delphi when making important decisions. The Oracle would respond to questions, sometimes in poetry, other times in prose, in a manner that...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Under Review: Deposit Insurance Assessments for Small Banks - On Jan. 21, the FDIC approved revised proposed rules on risk-based federal deposit insurance assessments for small banks...more

Regulators Caution Banks About CRE Lending

Why it matters - In a statement expressing concern about the growth of commercial real estate (CRE) lending, the federal banking agencies stressed the need to utilize "prudent risk-management practices." The Board of the...more

"Banking Regulators Increasingly Assert Jurisdiction Beyond Financial Institutions"

Federal and state banking regulators have broad and largely discretionary supervisory and enforcement powers over the financial institutions they regulate, which include banks and their affiliates. Key regulators in this area...more

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc....more

Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble: The Fed Breathes Life into the Countercyclical Capital Buffer

Widespread problems in the banking system are often associated with sharp declines in asset prices, or the economy more broadly. When these declines result in loan defaults, bank capital can erode, leading to more stringent...more

Banking Agencies Remind Banks of Prudent Risk Management in CRE Lending

On December 18, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (together the banking agencies)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Rule Amends Filing Requirements and Processing Procedures for Changes in Control - On Dec. 16 the FDIC announced the adoption of a final rule amending the FDIC's filing requirements...more

FDIC: Providing Accounts and Other Services to Payday Lenders Is OK

Why it matters - Some bank vendors may cautiously smile when the FDIC makes a point that providing accounts and other services to payday lenders is fine, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) told banks by...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Capital Acquisition Broker Rules - On Dec. 4 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposal to create a separate rule set that would apply to firms that meet the definition of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

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