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Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017

Editor's Note - President Trump Signs Executive Order to Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs. On January 30, President Trump signed an executive order (Executive Order) designed to reduce the regulatory...more

A Potentially Promising Approach to Regulation of FinTech or Should the U.S. Adopt a Regulatory Sandbox?

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) recently published a proposal to bring emerging financial technology (“FinTech”) companies within the scope of the agency’s jurisdiction. The proposal is useful as part of...more

NYDFS, American Bankers Association Weigh In On OCC Fintech Charter Proposal

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has come out strongly against an Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposal to grant national bank charters to financial technology (fintech)...more

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue. While we eagerly await its decision on interest rates, the Fed had a busy week, granting a Volcker Rule extension for illiquid funds, issuing a joint final rule with the FDIC and the OCC...more

Innovation versus consumer protection: emerging battle lines

The announcement by the Office of Comptroller of Currency that it will allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for national bank charters as way of fostering “responsible innovation” has already drawn fire...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – November 2016

Updates on the EU: German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers. On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. One question that many...more

OCC Explores Special Purpose National Bank Charter for Fintech Companies

On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced its plans to move forward with a proposal to consider applications from financial technology (“fintech”) companies to receive charters as...more

Office of the Comptroller of Currency to Issue Charters to Fintech Companies

On Friday, December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) announced that it would start considering applications for special purpose national bank charters from financial technology (fintech) companies. The OCC...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Latest Developments in Financial Services Law - December 14th, 1:00pm CST

This webinar will provide information on recent developments in financial services law over the past year....more

Trump transition team names former SEC commissioner to CFPB landing team

According to Politico, the Trump transition team has created “landing teams” that will be tasked with going into federal agencies to prepare for the change in Administrations. Politico has reported that Paul Atkins, who...more

CFPB to participate in interagency MLA webinar

On December 1, 2016, the  FDIC will co-host an interagency webinar that will focus on Military Lending Act regulations and the Department of Defense’s recently-released interpretive rule. In addition to a CFPB...more

Regulators and Innovation – an Update on Key Developments

Innovation in the delivery of financial products and services continues at a rapid rate. We discuss below some recent developments at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

What Now for the OCC's Fintech Proposal?

On October 26, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") announced plans to open an Office of Innovation in the first quarter of 2017. The new office is intended to provide innovators with a central point of...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

The OCC Rises, the FSOC Dies, and Other Regulatory Predictions

Eight bold regulatory predictions on the direction of U.S. Banking and Fintech regulation in light of the election results. The era of “outside the law” Federal regulation is over. Critics of the CFPB (exclusively...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #2

Editor's Note - FinTech at the Forefront. FinTech remains at the forefront of Washington’s discussions about how best to regulate financial products and services. As discussed in more detail below, the SEC announced the...more

Lessons from the Wells Fargo Scandal

Financial institutions must meet standards for safeguarding customer data given the particularly sensitive information they hold, and regulators have been stepping up their efforts to provide guidance on just how they must do...more

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