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Reality and Trend of China’s Regulation on Payment Service by Non-Financial Institutions 2016

Understanding the payments regulatory environment in China—both the existing regime and pending developments—is essential for companies engaged in cross-border payments activities (particularly non-financial institutions). At...more

Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally...more

Supreme Court To Resolve Circuit Split Over Bank Fraud Statute

On Monday April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Shaw, a closely watched case out of the Ninth Circuit addressing the bank fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1344. That statute has two subsections,...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #7 – Loan Originator Compensation

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our seventh consideration was loan originator compensation. This is just one of a few areas the CFPB has specifically identified...more

OFAC Issues Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations

On April 15, OFAC issued new regulations to implement the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The regulations authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to prohibit U.S. financial institutions from opening...more

The New FCA Whistleblower Rules: What You Need to Know

In October 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), published new rules in relation to whistleblowing channels in banks and other financial institutions to encourage a...more

"Brexit Bites": Implications for Financial Services Firms

Much of the regulation of financial services in the UK is governed by EU law. This includes the regulation of banks, broker-dealers, insurers and reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, fund managers, mortgage providers and...more

European Banking Authority Opinion on Customer Due Diligence for Asylum Seekers

The European Banking Authority published an Opinion on the application of customer due diligence measures to customers who are asylum seekers from higher-risk third countries or territories. The Opinion, addressed to national...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.22.16

US financial regulators dropped some much-anticipated rules yesterday that aim to restrict how “big financial institutions can pay their top executives.” In particular, the rules would make banker wait “at least four years...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion Publishes Annual Report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) published its third annual report to Congress highlighting its 2015 activities. Dodd-Frank requires the CFPB and other federal regulators to establish an office of...more

Women in Housing and Finance’s Annual Symposium on FinTech Issues

DWT Consumer Financial Services team members Adam Maarec and Allison May attended last week’s Annual Symposium of Women in Housing and Finance, which focused on the impact of financial technology. A few of the most notable...more

NMLS MCR Enhancements

NMLS MCR Enhancements - Changes have been made to the NMLS Mortgage Call Report (MCR) which have been reflected as of April 1, 2016. The changes will affect the Residential Mortgage Loan Activity (RMLA) and the...more

SCRA Will Continue to Receive Regulatory Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 31, 2016. This follows the...more

Data Localization and the TPP: Financial Institutions Beware

After five years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was finally signed in early February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. The TPP, which President Obama describes as a strategic "pivot" toward Asia,...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #6 – Vendor Risk Management

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our sixth consideration was vendor risk management in 2016. Third party (vendor) risk management has consistently been among the...more

What You Need To Know About The FCA’s Business Plan For 2016/17

On 5 April 2016, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its Business Plan for 2016/17. The Business Plan sets out a roadmap for the FCA’s principal areas of focus over the coming year. Overall, there was...more

OCC Introduces Framework for Responsible Innovation

On March 31, 2016 the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a white paper setting forth its vision of responsible innovation, and signaling its increasing involvement in the financial technology (Fintech)...more

The European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines: Unintended Consequences

This article considers the recent European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines (the “Guidelines”), seeks a definition of shadow banking and discusses some of the potential consequences of the Guidelines for...more

OCC Releases its Risk Appetite Statement

On April 12, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its Risk Appetite Statement, which sets boundaries of acceptable levels of risk in key areas of agency operations. The OCC stated that: “By clearly...more

NYDFS Names Celeste Koeleveld General Counsel

On April 11, the NYDFS appointed Celeste Koeleveld as General Counsel. Koeleveld will be responsible for all legal matters in the Department....more

Panama Papers: Looking Below the Headlines

The media loves a scandal. In the banking and compliance world, the latest scandal to hit the media was the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers is surprising in scope – Panama has become the favorite financial haven for money...more

GAO Report Examines Effectiveness of the Financial Regulatory System

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the effectiveness of the U.S. financial system’s existing regulatory structure. In examining the financial regulatory system, the GAO conducted a...more

Observer Estate Planning - Spring 2016

Pennsylvania’s Revised Power of Attorney Act: Major Changes May Not Necessitate Revising Your Power of Attorney - You may have read about the overhaul of the Pennsylvania laws governing Powers of Attorney used for...more

FinCEN Prohibits U.S. Financial Institutions from Holding Correspondent Accounts for FBME Bank Ltd.

On March 31, FinCEN published a final rule imposing the fifth special measure against FBME Bank Ltd. (FBME). Pursuant Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the fifth special measure prohibits U.S. financial institutions from...more

D.C. Circuit Appears Poised to Overturn First CFPB Enforcement Action to Reach the Court: Five Key Takeaways From Yesterday’s Oral...

Major financial firms almost never litigate with their regulators. As a result, regulators often take aggressive enforcement positions with little fear of judicial scrutiny. That’s been especially true for the Consumer...more

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