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Democratic Senators Commission GAO to Study Fintech Industry

On April 18, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it complete a study on the fintech industry. Under the...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

Payment Across Apps—and Borders

Digital currencies like Bitcoin seem tailor made for social peer-to-peer payment applications. Transactions denominated in or convertible to digital currency could be withdrawn and transmitted by users at virtually no...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #7

PRA seeks views on equity release mortgages - PRA has issued a discussion paper seeking views on equity release mortgage valuation, capital treatment, risk management and associated matters. It is to consolidate views...more

Blog: Peer-To-Peer Lending: Updates From The FCA & HM Revenue & Customs

The FCA has published a “Statement on Peer-to-Peer applications for full authorisation“. As at 30 March 2016: 8 Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending platforms had been fully authorised by the FCA...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.4.16

It appears that Alaska Airlines has won in the pursuit of Virgin America’s operations, beating out rival JetBlue for the former Richard Branson venture. Alaska announced this morning that “had agreed to acquire Virgin America...more

Blog: #Insurtech, And The Emergence Of Peer-To-Peer Insurance

Insurers and insurance distributors don’t usually think of themselves as emerging companies. These industries “emerged” more than 300 years ago; and they’ve been growing and developing ever since. So why is Cooley being asked...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #18

FCA finalises CCA first charge mortgage rules - FCA has published its policy statement and final rules following its consultation (see FReD 13 November 2015) on the treatment of first charge mortgages that are regulated...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #17

FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News - The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on cases relating to cars and debt management. (Source: FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News)... FOS responds to feedback on...more

Blog: P2P Lending: (A) The FCA’s Client Money Rules; & (B) Advising On P2P Loans As A Regulated Activity

The FCA has made its final P2P lending “client money” and “conduct of business” rules. The client money rules came into force on 21 March 2016, and were published the same day. The conduct of business rules will...more

CFPB Accepting Online Marketplace Lending Consumer Complaints

On March 7, the CFPB announced that it is now accepting consumer complaints regarding the online marketplace lending industry. The CFPB simultaneously released a consumer bulletin defining the online marketplace lending...more

The CFPB Releases Consumer Bulletin on Marketplace Lending and Announces It Is Accepting Consumer Complaints

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) released a consumer bulletin with information and tips for consumers of marketplace lending. The bulletin provides consumers with an overview of the...more

Marketplace Lenders Next on the CFPB Chopping Block

The CFPB’s actions are likely the first steps in identifying consumer issues with marketplace lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) is flexing its muscles once again, and this time the target...more

CFPB Begins Accepting Consumer Complaints Related to Online Marketplace Lenders

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it now accepting complaints from consumers related to problems with loans from online marketplace lenders. The CFPB also announced the release...more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 9, Q1 2016

The beginning of 2016 has proved uncomfortable for markets. The fall in oil prices, the downturn of the Chinese markets and the continued uncertainty over Europe continue to drive a negative and uncertain outlook. With...more

Blog: The Growth Of UK Peer-To-Peer Lending & Crowdfunding: A Good News Story

The University of Cambridge and Nesta have published their latest report on the growth of the UK’s P2P lending and alternative finance industry, and it makes very happy reading indeed. ...more

Certain Compliance Risks in Marketplace/Peer-to-Peer/Online Lending

The tragic terrorist shootings in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015 shed light on serious risks associated with online marketplace lending. The attackers obtained $28,500 from an online marketplace lender under a pretext,...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #13

FCA reinstates unfair contract terms library - FCA has reinstated its unfair contract terms library, which it has reorganised in the light of the Consumer Rights Act (CRA) and CMA guidance. FCA does not intend to publish...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.2.16

News has emerged from China that online finance company Ezubao, a purported peer-to-peer lender, was running a Ponzi scheme that “bilked investors out of more than $7.6 billion, spent lavishly on gifts and salaries and buried...more

Treasury exempts peer to peer lending platforms from CIS definition

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) (Collective Investment Schemes) (Amendment) Order 2015 exempts electronic systems in relation to lending (that is, peer to peer lending platforms) and arrangements relating...more

iGlobal Forum’s 5th Specialty Finance Summit

On January 12-13, 2016, iGlobal Forum will host the 5th Specialty Finance Summit in New York. The first day is a Pre-Summit series of topical morning and afternoon workshops. The actual Summit begins on January 13, 2016 and...more

2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review Released

The statement is tax light, but there is continued focus on carried interest. On 25 November, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made a number of tax-related announcements in the 2015 Autumn Statement and...more

FCA consults on IFISA changes

FCA has published a discussion paper on the updates it plans to make to its rules and guidance on disclosure and advice relating to loan-based crowdfunding investments (peer to peer (P2P) agreements) in response to the...more

FTC Addresses Sharing Economy Following June Workshop

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently made statements regarding regulation of the developing “sharing economy” exemplified by on-demand apps and websites such as Uber and Airbnb that connect sellers of a...more

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