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OCC Seeks Public Comment on the Volcker Rule

Posted in Regulatory Developments

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, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with covered funds. On August 2, 2017, the OCC submitted to the Federal Register a notice requesting public comment on how… Read More

Entering the HMDA Homestretch: CFPB Proposes Temporary Increase in HELOC Reporting Threshold, Releases New and Updated Filing Resources

Posted in CFPB, Mortgage, Regulatory Developments

As we have previously reported, in October 2015, the CFPB issued a sweeping final rule (“2015 Final Rule”) to amend Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The bulk of the 2015 Final Rule will become effective on January 1, 2018. With the effective date drawing nearer, the CFPB has proposed an… Read More

EVENT: Core Principles for Financial Regulation

Posted in Events, Regulatory Developments

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Registration: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morrison & Foerster LLP 250 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019 Join us as presenters from Morrison & Foerster LLP and The Brattle Group share their views and predictions regarding: the Presidential Orders relating to deregulation; the Treasury Department’s initial report… Read More

Acting Comptroller Endorses Fintech Charters

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In July 19, 2017 remarks prepared for delivery to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika expressed his support for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s efforts to establish national bank charters for financial technology companies. In endorsing the OCC’s so-called fintech charter, he noted that the… Read More

CFPB Publishes Final Arbitration Rule in Federal Register

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB, Regulatory Developments

A mere nine days after releasing its Final Rule regarding arbitration to the public, the CFPB has published the Final Rule in the Federal Register. This is significant because publication in the Federal Register triggers the countdown to the Final Rule’s effective date (60 days after publication) and ultimately its application to new agreements (180 days… Read More

The CFPB Issues Its Final Arbitration Rule

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB, Regulatory Developments

Ending months of speculation and insider reading of tea leaves, on July 10, 2017, the CFPB published a final rule regarding the use of arbitration agreements in specified consumer financial contracts. As was substantively expected, the Final Rule: 1) bars class action waivers; and 2) imposes reporting requirements for individual arbitrations conducted pursuant to pre-dispute arbitration… Read More

OCC Releases Semiannual Risk Perspective: Fintech is Risky?

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On July 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released its Semiannual Risk Perspective report identifying the risks faced by national banks and federal savings associations in the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016. The Report, which is intended to highlight key risk issues facing the federal banking system, noted that strategic, credit, operational… Read More

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Resource Page

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The first phase of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new fiduciary rule (“Fiduciary Rule”) was implemented on June 9, 2017. The Fiduciary Rule greatly expands the categories of persons who are deemed fiduciaries when dealing with retail retirement investors. It was adopted by the DOL in April 2016 together with new prohibited transaction exemptions: the… Read More

EVENT: IFLR Webinar – Regulatory Burden Relief: What to Anticipate

Posted in Events, Regulatory Developments

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT Join us as presenters share their views and predictions regarding: the Presidential Orders relating to deregulation; the Treasury Department’s initial report regarding the core principles of financial regulation; the Financial CHOICE Act and its principal provisions; the areas of regulatory reform as to which compromise… Read More

CFPB Proposes Changes to Prepaid Accounts Rule

Posted in CFPB, Credit Cards, Regulatory Developments

On June 15, 2017, the CFPB released proposed revisions to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule. The Final Rule was published in November 2016 and was subsequently amended to delay the general effective date by six months, to April 1, 2018. The CFPB is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the Final Rule, as well as… Read More

Financial Services Report – Summer 2017

Posted in Add On Products, Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Investigations, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, Student Lending

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, Planet of the Apes, Transformers, Cars, Spider Man, and more Inconvenient Truths from Al Gore all coming to a theatre near… Read More

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

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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 report identifying regulations inconsistent with the seven principles articulated in the order. The report is the first of series of… Read More

OCC Guidance Suggests Flexibility for Third-Party Risk Management

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On June 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued frequently asked questions that supplement the OCC’s 2013 guidance entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance.” The 2013 Bulletin sets forth the OCC’s expectation for banks’ due diligence and ongoing monitoring of third-party service providers, including enhanced diligence and monitoring for third parties… Read More

EVENT: Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference 2017

Posted in Events, Mortgage, Regulatory Developments

InterContinental Miami 100 Chopin Plaza Miami, FL 33131 Join Morrison & Foerster at MBA’s Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference. Partner Don Lampe will be speaking on the following panels: RESPA and PHH Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. RESPA Section 8 in a New World Tuesday, May 9, 2017 4:00 p.m…. Read More

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

Posted in Regulatory Developments

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 of the hearing was to examine the discussion draft of the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017” (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”) which was… Read More

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

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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 Director of the Office of Management and Budget to propose a plan within a year to reorganize government functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, agency… Read More

Financial Services Report – Spring 2017

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Investigations, Military Issues, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, Student Lending

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 tenure and the fate of Dodd-Frank, as it appears the Trump administration is focusing on other priorities. So… Read More

CFPB Proposes Delayed Effective Date of Prepaid Accounts Rule, Releases Short-Form Disclosure Guide

Posted in CFPB, Credit Cards, Regulatory Developments

On March 9, the CFPB announced in a blog post a proposal to delay the effective date of the final rule on prepaid accounts (Final Rule) for six months to April 1, 2018. The Bureau also released a guide for preparing the short-form disclosure required under the Final Rule. Read our client alert.

Parting Shot: Outgoing Administration Releases FinTech White Paper

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On January 13, 2017, a week before the change in Administration, the Obama White House issued a white paper entitled “A Framework for FinTech” (“White Paper”). The White Paper highlights various FinTech initiatives that were taken by the previous Administration and lays out policy objectives and principles that the Obama White House thought should be… Read More

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

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“There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.”  —David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, 1916-1922 “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests” —Epictetus Lloyd George… Read More

NYDFS Significantly Revises Cybersecurity Proposal, Burdens Remain

Posted in Privacy, Regulatory Developments

On December 28, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released a significantly revised version of its controversial, proposed cybersecurity rules, initially proposed in September of last year. As we noted in our Client Alert at that time, the rules as originally proposed would have created one of the most comprehensive and… Read More