On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC“) would move forward with considering applications from fintech companies that conduct at least one of three core banking activities (i.e., receiving deposits, paying checks or lending money) to become special purpose national banks. Fintech companies will have the option to seek a charter, and the OCC will evaluate applicants to ensure they have a reasonable chance of success, appropriate risk management, effective consumer protection and strong capital and liquidity.
The OCC simultaneously published a paper discussing the issues and conditions that the agency will consider in granting special purpose national bank charters. Comments to the paper may be submitted through January 15, 2017. For further discussion relating to the announcement, please see “National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies.” Orrick Alert. Release. White Paper.