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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 8

Sales of VIX-Linked ETPs – Back to Basics for FINRA - FINRA used a misselling case to remind member firms of certain fundamentals, including the importance of implementing a new product approval process, reasonable...more

Court Tosses CFPB Suit as Discovery Sanction

A Georgia federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) against four payment processors as a sanction for demonstrating a “blatant disregard” for the court’s...more

Equifax Mea Culpa: Too Little, Too Late?

Equifax Inc.’s interim CEO, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., issued the company’s second public apology this morning for the massive data breach that has affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers....more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - Cybersecurity Returns to Center Stage. The Equifax breach and recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR test filing system was hacked in 2016 have brought cybersecurity back to...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published interpretive guidance (the “SEC Guidance”) to assist public companies in their preparation of the pay ratio disclosure required by Section...more

AML Beneficial Ownership Register for Irish Funds – Who’s Holding the Baby?

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If you’ve been involved in the funds industry, you will be well aware of the ever-increasing focus on anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements by national and supranational regulatory bodies alike. In...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

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Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

CFPB and Card Issuers Resolve ECOA Action Involving Cards Offered in U.S. Territories and Cardholders with Spanish Language...

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On August 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the resolution of an administrative action under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation B (collectively,...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

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Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - DOJ Emphatically Ends Operation Chokepoint. After four years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formal end of its controversial Operation Chokepoint initiative. Launched in 2013, Operation...more

SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

Forecast: Abundance of Potential New Rulemaking From the CFPB

After making headlines with its controversial arbitration rule, the embattled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its rulemaking agenda for the rest of the year, putting financial services companies...more

And So It Begins: The First DFS Transition Period Comes to an End August 28

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In September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) introduced the first draft of its cybersecurity regulation, which is now in a position to lead a new trend in industry-specific cybersecurity...more

Lawmaker Investigates Small-Business Fintech Lending

Expressing concern about potential discrimination, one federal lawmaker has decided to take a closer look at small-business financial technology lending, sending letters to several fintechs with a series of questions....more

CFPB Suffers Setback in RESPA Lawsuit

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A District Court in Kentucky recently rejected the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) claim against a law firm brought under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), granting the law firm summary...more

CFPB extends comment period for small business lending RFI

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In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it has extended the comment period on its small business lending RFI until September 14, 2017....more

House Passes Regulatory Reform That Would Loosen Restrictions on BDCs and Other Funds

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote mostly along party lines, approved a bill that would repeal many of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requirements and...more

Initial Coin Offerings: An Overview of Regulatory Considerations

In recent months, a variety of companies have considered "initial coin offerings" (ICOs) as a way to generate money for their businesses. Companies considering ICOs should be aware that, depending on the structure of the...more

Court Accepts $39 Million Settlement Between CFPB and Mortgage Relief Law Firm

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On June 21, 2017, a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin accepted a Stipulated Final Judgment and Order (“Stipulated Judgment?“) based on an agreement between the CFPB and the bankruptcy trustee of a now defunct...more

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of...more

“Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs” – House Passes Financial Reform Bill

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On June 8, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 in a bid to reform the financial regulatory system created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which...more

Smaller Issuer Relief in the Financial CHOICE Act

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As noted in the earlier post, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act yesterday. While the headline-grabbing aspects of the Financial CHOICE Act relate to a repeal of the Volcker Rule and reducing the authority of the...more

Guest Post: CFPB Issues Request for Information Regarding Small Business Lending

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to collect data that will shed light on how small businesses engage with financial institutions, with a particular focus on women-owned and minority-owned small businesses....more

CFPB Releases Prepaid Rule Guidance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released guidance on the agency's forthcoming Prepaid Rule, set to take effect on October 1, 2017. Although described as aimed at "small businesses," the guidance is useful for...more

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