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Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

House Passes Bill Addressing Industry Concerns Regarding the Capital Treatment of High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE)...

On November 7, 2017, the House of Representatives, by voice vote, passed H.R. 2148, the Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans Act (the “Bill”). The Bill was reported favorably out of the House Financial Services Committee...more

Treasury Department Urges Principles-Based Regulation of Money Managers; Delay of Implementation of Liquidity Risk Management and...

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s report on asset management and insurance recommends, among other things, a delay in implementation of the SEC’s liquidity risk management rule and the Department of Labor’s fiduciary...more

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...more

Federal Banking Agencies Propose New Approach to Capital Treatment for Acquisition, Development, and Construction Loans

On September 27, 2017, the three federal banking agencies (the “Agencies”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPR”), which proposes changes to certain aspects of the bank capital rules under the “standardized...more

Financial Services Report - Fall 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - Through hurricanes, wild fires, the publication of Hillary Clinton’s book, the birth of Amal and George Clooney’s twins, and the Dodgers’ historic losing streak, Director Richard Cordray and the CFPB’s...more

CFPB Unveils Prototype Model Forms for Overdraft

On August 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released four “prototype” model overdraft disclosure forms styled under its “Know Before You Owe” initiatives with a press release. The CFPB said the forms...more

OCC Seeks Public Comment on the Volcker Rule

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (the “Volcker Rule”) and its implementing regulations (the “Implementing Regulations”) generally prohibit banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

Federal Banking Agencies Announce No-action Position on Certain Foreign Excluded Funds Under the Volcker Rule

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and its implementing regulations (the “Volcker Rule”) generally prohibit a “banking entity” from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

CHOICE Act: Reform or Recalibration?

In the last session of the US Congress in mid-2016, representative Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs) Act. This represented an...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

U.S. Treasury Department Report on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

As required by the President’s Executive Order 13772 setting forth the core principles that should be taken into account in connection with the regulation of the U.S. financial system, the U.S. Treasury Department published a...more

OCC Guidance Suggests Flexibility for Third-Party Risk Management

On June 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) that supplement the OCC’s 2013 guidance entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance” (“2013...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On June 8, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (the “CHOICE Act”) was passed on a party line vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, with nearly all Republicans voting in support and nearly all Democrats voting against...more

FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

CFPB Files Suit Challenging Tribal-Affiliated Lenders Using its UDAAP Authority

On April 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) filed a complaint in a federal district court in Illinois against four online tribal-affiliated lenders alleging that the lenders violated the Truth in...more

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On April 26, 2017, the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs." The purpose...more

Court Finds CFPB Case Against Payment Processor Lacking

On March 17, 2017 the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota granted the motion of Intercept Corporation (“Intercept”) and its senior executives to dismiss the complaint filed almost a year ago by the...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

The Madden Saga Continues: On Remand, Madden Survives Summary Judgment and District Court Certifies Class

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in part denied a renewed motion by Midland Funding, LLC (“Midland”) to dispose of claims brought by Saliha Madden (“Madden”) under the Fair...more

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The...more

Understanding TLAC - The Federal Reserve’s final bank capital rules have been hailed as the end of too big to fail

The Federal Reserve Board’s final rules regarding total loss absorbing capacity (TLAC) requirements for global systemically important banks (GSibs) in the US will require levels of capital and other loss-absorbing capacity...more

Tailoring More Stringent Prudential Standards Under Section 165 of Dodd-Frank: Fed Finalizes Stress Test Relief for Large and...

On January 30, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) adopted a final rule (the “Final CCAR Rule”) that revises the capital plan and stress test rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

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