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Federal Reserve Board Announces Six-Month Delay of Effective Date of Control Framework

Yesterday, March 31, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) announced a six-month delay in the effective date of its final rule implementing a revised control framework.  Previously, in January, the Board unanimously approved a final rule establishing a comprehensive, simplified framework for determining when an investor company exhibits control … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Establishes Temporary FIMA Repo Facility

Yesterday, March 31, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) announced the creation of a temporary repurchase agreement facility for foreign and international monetary authorities (the “FIMA Repo Facility” or the “Facility”) to facilitate liquidity for central banks and other international monetary authorities.  The FIMA Repo Facility is the latest … Continue Reading

Agencies Encourage Banks to Make Small-Dollar Loans to Customers Affected by Coronavirus

Today, March 26, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released an interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to both consumers and small businesses facing … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Takes Unprecedented Action to Provide Financial Assistance to U.S. Companies

Yesterday, March 23, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”) announced the latest in a series of extraordinary actions intended to help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy.  Unlike the measures announced last week – which mostly involved re-establishing emergency programs that were used during the … Continue Reading

Banking Regulators Release Interagency Statement on COVID-19 Related Loan Modifications

On Sunday, March 22, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors released an Interagency Statement encouraging financial institutions to work with borrowers affected … Continue Reading

GOP Stimulus Bill Includes Banking and Financial Markets Relief

Yesterday, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, U.S. Senate Republicans released the latest version of their COVID-19-related stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act.  The bill contains several measures intended to provide relief to banks, their customers, and broader financial markets. The latest version of the CARES Act includes the … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve to Accept U.S. Municipal Short-Term Debt as Eligible Collateral Under Expanded MMLF Program

Today, March 20, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that it has amended the terms of its recently announced Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (“MMLF”) so as to accept certain U.S. municipal short-term debt as eligible collateral and allow additional types of funds to sell eligible collateral to participating borrowers.  The expansion is intended to … Continue Reading

FDIC Chairman Asks FASB to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis, Including by Delaying CECL

Today, March 19, 2020, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standard Board (“FASB”), the body that is responsible for establishing U.S. generally accepted accounting practices (“U.S. GAAP”).  The Chairman’s letter requests that FASB take three specific actions to ease the impact of certain U.S. GAAP standards in light of the … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Establishes Money Market Mutual Fund Facility to Support Liquidity of Key Financial Assets

Yesterday, on March 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) announced the creation of a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (“MMLF”) to provide liquidity support to money market mutual funds (“MMMFs”) by facilitating their sale of certain assets in order to meet redemption requests.  Under the MMLF, the Federal … Continue Reading

CFTC Announces Limited No-Action Relief in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

This week, on March 17, 2020, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released two announcements (see here and here) regarding a series of no-action letters in response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.  The CFTC’s announcements come in the wake of high-profile efforts by other financial regulators to quickly address the financial and regulatory effects … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Reestablishes Primary Dealer Credit Facility to Support Market Functioning and Facilitate Credit Availability

Yesterday, on March 17, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“FRB”) announced the creation of a Primary Dealer Credit Facility (“PDCF”) to provide a liquidity backstop to primary dealers of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“FRBNY”), which include the nation’s largest broker-dealers.  The PDCF will provide short-term loans to … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Establishes Commercial Paper Funding Facility to Support Flow of Credit to Households and Businesses

Today, on March 17, 2020, the Federal Reserve provided a backstop of commercial paper (“CP”) in the form of a Commercial Paper Funding Facility (“CPFF”) that establishes a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) to acquire eligible CP directly from eligible issuers.  The CPFF will provide liquidity to CP issuers that may otherwise face issues rolling over … Continue Reading

In Response to COVID-19, Banking Agencies Issue Interim Final Rule Revising Capital Buffer Requirements to Promote Lending

Today, March 17, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) released an interim final rule that revises the definition of “eligible retained income” in the regulatory capital rules that apply to U.S. … Continue Reading

FinCEN Issues COVID-19-Related Guidance on SAR Filings, Heightened Risk of Disaster Fraud

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance today, which: requested financial institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact FinCEN’s Regulatory Support Section and their functional regulator as soon as practicable if they have concerns about potential COVID-19-related delays to their ability to timely file Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reports, including Suspicious Activity Reports … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Takes Extraordinary Actions Supporting Financial Markets to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Yesterday, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on U.S. and global economic activity, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) cut the target range of the federal funds rate to 0 to 1/4 percent until such time as the FOMC is “confident that the economy has weathered recent … Continue Reading

FDIC and OCC Propose Major Overhaul of Community Reinvestment Act Regulations

On December 12, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to overhaul the agencies’ regulatory framework for evaluating banks’ Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) performance.  The proposal follows a 2018 advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the OCC, … Continue Reading

CFPB to Provide More Information in Civil Investigative Demands

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced Tuesday that going forward the agency will provide more information in its Civil Investigative Demands (“CIDs”).  The American Bankers Association and others had voiced concerns about the often vague and expansive scope of such demands in response to the Bureau’s 2018 Request for Information (“RFI”) seeking feedback on … Continue Reading

FDIC Seeks Comment on Improvement of the IDI Rule

On April 16, 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) announced its approval of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) inviting comment on ways to improve its rule requiring insured depository institutions with $50 billion or more in total assets (“Covered Insured Depository Institutions” or “CIDIs”) to submit periodic resolution plans to the FDIC … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases Report on Elder Financial Abuse

On February 27, 2019, the CFPB announced the release of a report identifying key facts, trends, and patterns in elder financial exploitation and abuse.  The Bureau’s report is based on an analysis of 180,000 Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) by banks, credit unions, and other financial services providers … Continue Reading

CFPB Announces Settlement with Broker of High-Interest Credit Offers to Veterans

On January 23, 2019, the CFPB announced a settlement with Mark Corbett following an investigation by the Bureau, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs into Mr. Corbett’s brokerage of contracts offering high-interest credit to veterans.  As detailed in the consent order, Mr. Corbett facilitated high-interest contracts between veterans and … Continue Reading

Renewed Focus on Diversity and Inclusion for Rep. Waters-led House Financial Services Committee

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), the newly appointed Chair of the House Financial Services Committee (the “Committee”), took a first step last week towards one of the major priorities of the Committee under her leadership – the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the financial services sector.  The first change under the new Chair’s watch was … Continue Reading

CFPB Announces Final Policy Guidance on Modification and Disclosure of HMDA Data

On December 21, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) announced its issuance of final policy guidance describing its intentions for modification and disclosure to the public of certain loan-level data that financial institutions report under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”) and Regulation C.  The guidance applies to HMDA data compiled by financial … Continue Reading

Intellectual Property Issues in Blockchain and FinTech

FinTech and blockchain technologies are rapidly developing. With the emergence of so many new ideas and technologies comes the need for action, to protect both current and future innovations. Given the pace at which technology continues to disrupt the industry, securing IP assets—especially patents—should be a primary consideration for companies in this space. As the … Continue Reading
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