On March 27, 2020, President Trump enacted a historic stimulus package, the CARES Act, which contains a number of provisions of interest to the financial services industry. This alert provides an overview of the financial services-related provisions of the new law. Read our client alert.
As consumers and business face ever-worsening financial conditions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies and some states and localities have stepped in to provide foreclosure and eviction relief. Not surprisingly, the approaches to providing this relief vary greatly, creating significant operational challenges for servicers operating in multiple jurisdictions. We discuss below these… Read More
The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has finally released a much-anticipated draft rulemaking relating to the scope of the “agent of a payee” exemption under the California Money Transmission Act. The DBO’s rulemaking appears to affirm a broader interpretation of the scope of the exemption than has been historically applied, albeit with a number… Read More
On January 30, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System approved a final rule (the Final Rule) revising the regulations related to the determination of “control” of banks under the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) and of federal savings associations under the Home Owners’ Loan Act (HOLA). The Final Rule is… Read More
One of the defining aspects of the payments revolution of the past few years—at least from a regulatory perspective — has been the question of whether a particular payments service is subject to regulation as money transmission. A recent trend has been toward states affirming that, under certain conditions, state money transmission licensing laws do… Read More
On February 10, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published a proposed rule intended to modernize the regulatory treatment of brokered deposits (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule would amend 12 C.F.R. parts 303 and 337 to set forth the regulatory scheme for determining whether deposits placed through deposit placement arrangements are classified as brokered… Read More
On January 30, 2020, five federal agencies proposed amendments to the Volcker Rule related to the prohibition on investing, sponsoring, and having certain relationships with covered funds (the “Proposed Funds Rule”). The Proposed Funds Rule comes on the heels of the conclusion of a separate rulemaking process dealing primarily with the Volcker Rule’s proprietary trading… Read More
On February 6, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a Statement of Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices to “convey and foster greater certainty” regarding how it will apply the “abusiveness” standard in exercising its sweeping UDAAP authority under the Dodd-Frank Act. This is a welcome move by the Bureau, which previously… Read More
On January 21, 2020, twenty-two State Attorneys General and the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection submitted a comment letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in opposition to its proposed rulemaking to resolve the “confusion” stemming from the Second Circuit’s 2015 decision in Madden v. Midland Funding LLC. Read our client alert.
In two recent actions, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) addressed whether companies that purchase retail installment contracts should be considered bona fide purchasers of credit sales or whether those transactions should be considered loans subject to the California Financing Law (CFL). In doing so, the DBO reiterates existing case law and sets forth… Read More
The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has issued a Release that summarizes the provisions of California Assembly Bill 539 and addresses some implementation issues. This bill was chaptered as Chapter 708 of the 2019 Statutes and is effective January 1, 2020. Our earlier Client Alert discussed the new law in detail. Read our client alert.
According to new guidance released on December 3, 2019, banks are not required to file suspicious activity reports on customers solely because they are engaged in the legal growth or cultivation of hemp. The guidance was issued by the federal banking agencies and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in consultation with the Conference of State… Read More
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have taken steps to reaffirm the “valid when made” doctrine in response to Madden. We discuss the key takeaways from the agencies’ proposed rules and how this will affect all national banks and state banks. Read our client alert.
It seems like a natural progression for a company that provides any sort of payments-related information processing to migrate from handling data about payments to seeking to handle the payments themselves. But it can be a challenge for any company, particularly a younger one, to determine whether a payments-related service it wishes to offer —… Read More
As expected, California has enacted legislation imposing interest rate caps on larger consumer loans. The new law, AB 539, imposes other requirements relating to credit reporting, consumer education, maximum loan repayment periods, and prepayment penalties. The law applies only to loans made under the California Financing Law (CFL). Governor Newsom signed the bill into law on… Read More
On August 20, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved significant amendments to the Volcker Rule regulations. These amendments address to some extent industry concerns about the complexity of the existing regulations and certain other aspects that have been seen as disruptive of markets. On the whole, the amendments… Read More
On August 16, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a final rule on validation and approval of third-party credit score models that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use in deciding whether to purchase residential mortgage loans. The FHFA is the GSEs’ prudential regulator and, since 2008, has served as their conservator. In doing so, the… Read More
At the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) announced in June 2019 that the optional use period for the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) and automated underwriting system (AUS) implementations would be postponed. FHFA has now directed the GSEs to make specific… Read More
On August 5, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a notice and request for comment on its determination that the Federal Reserve Banks should develop a new interbank faster payments system. The Reserve Banks’ new system — the “FedNow” service — would have a targeted launch date in 2023 or 2024…. Read More
On July 25, 2019, the CFPB issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the definition of a “qualified mortgage” under its ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule. The ANPR states that the Bureau does not intend to extend the temporary qualified mortgage (QM) classification for loans eligible to be purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie… Read More
On July 22, 2019, the five federal agencies tasked with the supervision, examination, and enforcement of Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering requirements for banks issued a joint statement clarifying their risk-based approach to BSA/AML examinations. Our alert discusses the key implications of the Statement. Read our client alert.
On July 22, 2019, a final rule conforming the Volcker Rule regulations to Sections 203 and 204 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (“Regulatory Relief Act”) was published in the Federal Register. The final rule, and the provisions of the Regulatory Relief Act upon which it is based, exclude certain community banks… Read More
On July 11, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) announced their plans to develop new adjustable rate mortgage products that would rely on the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) instead of LIBOR. Given the GSEs’ dominance in the mortgage market, their re-designed ARMs will undoubtedly have a significant impact on hybrid ARMs of the future…. Read More
The federal banking agencies released a notice of proposed rulemaking on July 12, 2019 which expands upon a previous notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the capital treatment of acquisition, development and construction loans. The new proposal addresses the capital treatment of certain loans that finance land improvements but do not finance the construction of residential… Read More