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Republican Committee Leaders Question CFPB On Recess Appointment Activities

On July 29, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) sent a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray questioning the CFPB’s authority to...more

Private Fund Update - August 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) -...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - GAO expected to release Report on Big Banks - On Thursday, July 31, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a long awaited report on funding advantages of the...more

Private Fund Update - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) -...more

GAO report recommends increased CFPB participation in virtual currency efforts

In a report issued last week on virtual currencies, the Government Accountability Office recommended increased CFPB participation in interagency efforts related to such currencies. The report, entitled “Virtual...more

Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Student Loans

In the wake of recent focus on student loan debt, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing on the “Student Loan Servicing: the Borrower’s Experience.” The concern shown in some testimony at...more

FinCrimes Update - Volume 1, Issue 3

On May 8, OFAC released enforcement information regarding “apparent violations” of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Canadian subsidiaries of a U.S. insurance company. The U.S. company self-reported 3,560 apparent...more

Director Cordray to testify in front of Senate Committee

The Senate Banking Committee announced that it would be holding a hearing on June 10, 2014 on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report to Congress. CFPB Director Richard Cordray is the only witness scheduled to testify....more

Senate MAP-21 Reauthorization Bill

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee released a bipartisan six-year surface transportation bill late yesterday evening. The bill, titled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, will be marked up by the committee on...more

Can Fannie and Freddie Cope Under Pressure?

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) put Freddie and Fannie to the test, and the results were grim. Dodd-Frank mandated “stress tests,” designed to evaluate a financial institution’s ability to withstand an...more

Bill Aims To Exempt Venture Capital Company Equity Security Investments From Lenders Law

California requires persons who are engaged in the business of making loans to be licensed under the Finance Lenders Law. Cal. Fin. Code § 22000 et seq. This had been an issue for venture capital funds that extended bridge...more

Senate Banking subcommittee holding hearing on alternative financial products

The Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection is holding a hearing today titled: “Are Alternative Financial Products Serving Consumers?” Observers have noted that the hearing...more

The Download - February 2014

In this issue: - Heard on the Hill - Around the Agencies - White House Developments - Venable News - Excerpt from Heard on the Hill: Congress Holds Hearings on Preventing Data...more

CFPB Director Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

On November 12, CFPB Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee in connection with the CFPB’s recent Semi-Annual Report to Congress, which covered the period April 1, 2013 through September 30,...more

Cordray testifies to Senate Banking Committee

Director Cordray was the only witness at the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing yesterday on the CFPB’s fourth Semi-Annual Report to Congress. As a Committee member observed, Director Cordray’s appearance represented his...more

Senate Banking Committee Continues Examination of Housing Finance Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Banking Committee continued its examination of housing finance reform with a hearing entitled “Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers.” The witnesses were: Mr. Eric Stein,...more

Banking Committee Focuses on Private-Label Mortgage-Backed Securities Market

On October 1st, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs continued its examination of housing finance reform with a hearing entitled “Fundamentals of a Functioning Private Label Mortgage Backed...more

Capital Thinking - Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, September 10: The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Ms. Wanda Felton to be First Vice President of the Export-Import...more

Will We See Crowdfunding Rules This Fall?

Mary Jo White said it. It’s on C-SPAN. Crowdfunding rules could finally be released this fall. I don’t really like writing news about no news, but given the keen interest in the marketplace to learn something, here is a...more

Congress Passes Reverse Mortgage Legislation; Senate Banking Committee Approves Broader FHA Reform Legislation

On July 30, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, H.R. 2167. ...more

Senate Banking Committee Approves FHFA Director Nominee, Other Nominees

On July 18, the Senate Banking Committee approved Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be the next Director of the FHFA, on a 12-10 party line vote. ...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- May 20‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The conflation of three scandals clearly tainted President Obama...more

Director Cordray’s appearance at Senate Banking Committee hearing yields arbitration news

The only new item of information revealed by Director Cordray during his appearance yesterday before the Senate Banking Committee hearing (in response to a question from Senator Elizabeth Warren) was that he feels “quite...more

Director Cordray to appear before Senate Banking Committee on April 23

The Senate Banking Committee has announced that on April 23, 2013, it will conduct a hearing on the CFPB’s third Semi-Annual Report to Congress. CFPB Director Richard Cordray is the only witness scheduled to appear....more

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Outlines Agenda

On February 12, Chairman Johnson released the committee’s agenda, which includes among its top priorities continuing oversight of implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and stabilizing the housing market and building consensus...more

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