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Survey Finds Money Laundering Becoming a Top Priority for Management

Financial institutions are making significant adjustments in their approach to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance issues in the face of escalating global regulatory enforcement. According to KPMG’s 2014 AML Survey, 88% of...more

First Circuit Holds That AIG Must Defend Directors and Officers in FDIC Litigation

What you need to know: The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insured versus insured exclusion did not exempt AIG from advancing defense costs under a D&O policy in a suit brought...more

Allegations Of Collusion Among Financial Institutions—Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, What We’ve Learned

Over the last 15 years, financial institutions have paid billions of dollars to settle claims that they colluded with each other. Below, we discuss four separate matters, beginning with the Nasdaq spread cases in the late...more

FFIEC Issues Social Media Guidance: Social Media Channels Present Privacy Compliance Challenges

If you are using social media to attract and interact with customers, you should review the recent supervisory guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). The guidance, titled “Social Media:...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Final Guidelines Regarding Development of a Risk Management Framework and Proposed Guidelines on...

The Financial Stability Board (the “FSB”), a group of representatives from central banks, finance ministries and financial supervisors from the Group of 20 leading economies, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and...more

FDIC Bars Financial Institutions from Purchasing Insurance Coverage for Civil Monetary Penalties for Directors and Officers: FDIC...

We recently notified you of the FDIC’s Financial Institution Letter 47-2013 , which urges directors and officers of financial institutions to examine their institutions’ directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage to...more

Expanding FIRREA Liability for Financial Institutions: Southern District of New York Developments [UPDATE]

A recent SDNY ruling strengthens the Department of Justice’s expanding application the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. UPDATE On October 23, a jury returned the first FIRREA...more

White Collar Watch - September 2013

Contents - FDIC filing more suits against officers and directors of failed financial institutions - Third Circuit upholds 12-year prison sentence for former BigLaw associate - Health care executives...more

Diligence Firm Objects To RMBS Working Group Subpoena

On September 24, a firm that handles due-diligence matters for financial institutions filed its opposition to a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, on behalf of the federal-state RMBS...more

Contingent Capital Securities: Evolution Or Disruption?

Long before taxpayer-sponsored bailouts or state-sponsored “resolutions” of financial institutions came to occupy such a prominent place in our collective consciousness, financial institutions relied on hybrid capital...more

Vermont and North Dakota Amend Breach-Notice Laws

On May 13, 2013, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.513 into law. The new law includes an amendment to Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, 9 V.S.A. § 2435. Previously, under § 2435, Vermont-regulated financial...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2013: The U.S. Federal Reserve Board Charts an Independent Course in the...

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) in December 2012 issued a proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) for the enhanced supervision of foreign banking organizations (“FBOs”) and any foreign...more

Lessons From the Wake of Economic Collapse: Avoiding Personal Liability in Loan Origination and Restructuring

Although today’s lending economy continues to follow a fairly steady path toward stability, the recent economic downturn has given rise to an increasing number of lawsuits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”)...more

Lessons From a $100 Million Payout

Last fall, I wrote an article for Carolina Banker magazine excitingly titled “Bank Liability to Non-Customers in a Ponzi Scheme.” The crux of it concerns the potential liability to banks in Ponzi schemes and the precautions...more

AML Transaction Monitoring

Compliance programs depend on accurate and timely information. AML compliance centers on sifting through thousands of transactions and matching them against risk profiles. ...more

The CFPB Stretches ECOA Past the Breaking Point with Auto Finance

In a story released last night, Carter Dougherty at Bloomberg reports that the CFPB has warned “at least four banks” that it may take enforcement action against them under ECOA, alleging that a “policy” of “allowing” dealers...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: *RMBS Litigation - Assured Wins $90 Million in Damages in RMBS Breach of Contract Trial - DOJ Brings Civil Fraud Action Against S&P - S&P Seeks Declaration That Credit Ratings Are Immune...more

FFIEC Proposed Guidance on Social Media Risk Management: Practice Points for All Organizations Using Social Media

Organizations using social media are confronted with an ever increasing challenge of social media risk management. To help financial institutions identify, measure, monitor, and control such risks, the Federal Financial...more

When NJ Banks Are Liable For 3rd-Party Fiduciary Breach

Originally published in Law360, New York on January 29, 2013. Banks, broker/dealers and other financial institutions often are the subject of claims by noncustomer investors, businesses, and estate and trust...more

Bank Liability to Non-Customers in a Ponzi Scheme

The morning news reports flashes a report that your customer was actually a Ponzi scheme and defrauded numerous people. Of course, this is terrible news for the innocent victims, but, you ask yourself, could my bank be...more

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Company for Funds Taken Through Online Bank Account Theft

We reported in July on a First Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that a bank failed to implement commercially reasonable security methods to prevent unauthorized transfers by a criminal that gained the online banking...more

When Banks Are on the Hook for Cybertheft

This Wall Street Journal Article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. Banks typically are responsible for losses when personal accounts are hacked. But commercial clients that fall victim to cyber theft have...more

After Sanford company’s money stolen, court rules banks are responsible if hacked

This BDN Maine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. SANFORD, Maine — A recent court ruling involving a Sanford construction company and its bank could have nationwide implications as attorneys and...more

FFIEC Releases Statement on Cloud Computing Risks and Considerations

The Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC), an interagency body that advises a number of federal agencies on appropriate standards for the regulation of financial institutions, recently released a statement...more

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