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Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

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Deutsche Bank and the DOJ have put the finishing touches on the deal to resolve the investigation into DB’s role in its sale of toxic RMBS. The bank will fork over $7.2 billion in total, including a $3.1 billion civil penalty...more

2017 Resolutions for Community Banks: A Focus on Cybersecurity

In December 2016, Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, stated that cybersecurity was the single greatest systemic threat to our financial system. He was not being hyperbolic. Cybersecurity should be on...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals

On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC“) finalized a rule that prohibits national banks and federal savings associations from dealing or investing in industrial or commercial metals. An...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

Annual Asset-Size Threshold Adjustments for Small and Intermediate Small Banks

On December 29, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation amended their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to adjust the asset-size...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

FINRA Bar Results from Assertion of Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination in Criminal Action - On October 5, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) barred an indicted investment adviser,...more

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

OCC Addresses Concerns on Issuance of National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has proposed to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for full or special purpose national bank charters. In advance of the proposal's January 15, 2017,...more

Trump transition team releases names of additional CFPB landing team members

The Trump transition team has released the names of three more individuals who will be members of the CFPB landing team.  “Landing teams” are members of the incoming president’s transition team tasked with gathering...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

[Webinar] Should Your Fintech Company Apply for an OCC Charter? - January 24th, 12:00pm EST

During this webinar, panelists will address whether a fintech company should apply, and what is involved in obtaining the proposed fintech OCC charter....more

Moving the Goalposts: U.K. and U.S. Trends in Fintech Bank Licensing

The dominant fintech narrative for the Canadian banking industry shifted in 2016 from a new entrant versus incumbent storyline to one of collaboration, as major Canadian banks continued to partner with new technology...more

DOJ Files Consent Order Against Union Savings Bank, Guardian Savings Bank

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a consent order against Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank to resolve redlining allegations. The complaint alleges that the banks violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...more

Regulators’ Christmas Gift to Banks: 18-Month Examination Cycle

Earlier this month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued final interagency rules which will reduce regulatory...more

SEC and OCC Seek Accommodation with Fintech Firms

In November, industry participants and their regulators convened at the SEC for a special forum on the use of financial technology (fintech). In recent years, large amounts have been invested in fintech platforms such as...more

Nutter Bank Report, December 2016

OCC to Consider Fintech Applications for Special Purpose National Bank Charters - The OCC has announced that it will consider applications for special purpose national bank charters for financial technology (“fintech”)...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to Grant Charters to Fintech Firms

The Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, announced that the OCC would commence considering applications from financial technology companies that offer bank products and services for a grant of a special purpose bank...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry Emphasizes the Need for Strong Capital and Liquidity

Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency provided remarks at The Clearing House’s Annual Conference, focusing on value of strong capital, the need for liquidity, and importance of effective supervision....more

Federal Banking Agencies Finalize an 18-Month Examination Cycle for Small Banking Institutions

On December 12, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) finalized rules that generally allow well-capitalized and well-managed...more

US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Rule Expanding Examination Cycle for Small Insured Depository Institutions and US Branches...

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board and Office of Comptroller of Currency issued interagency final rules that increase the number of small banks and savings associations eligible for an...more

OCC Final Receivership Rule Paves Way for Special National Bank Charter

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") announced on December 20, 2016 that it is adopting a final rule to implement provisions of the National Bank Act that provide the legal framework for receiverships for...more

Alert: Office of Comptroller of Currency Seeks Comment on Proposed “Fintech Charter”

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") announced on Friday, December 2, that it seeks comments on whether it should grant "special purpose" national bank charters to financial technology companies. Some of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #3

Editor's Note - The End of “Too Big to Fail”? On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board) adopted a final rule to strengthen the ability of government authorities to...more

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