Mike Nonaka

Mike Nonaka

Michael Nonaka is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. He represents banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of bank regulatory, enforcement, legislative and policy issues.  Mr. Nonaka also is co-chair of the firm’s Fintech Initiative and works with a number of banks, lending companies, money transmitters, payments firms, technology companies, and service providers on innovative technologies such as big data, blockchain and related technologies, bitcoin and other virtual currencies, same day payments, and online lending.

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Kenneth Blanco Named FinCEN Director

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury earlier today, Kenneth A. Blanco has been named Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).  Mr. Blanco will join FinCEN after serving as the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ Criminal Division.  He has significant expertise in money laundering and terrorist … Continue Reading

ISDA Releases Whitepaper Regarding Legal Perspectives on Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger Technology

On August 3, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and Linklaters LLP released a whitepaper titled “Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger – A Legal Perspective.” The whitepaper sets out to define the terms “smart contract” and “distributed ledger,” to analyze their applications to the derivatives industry, and to highlight potential legal issues raised … Continue Reading

SEC Report of Investigation Concludes that DAO Tokens Were Securities

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a Report of Investigation (“Report”) finding that the digital tokens offered and sold by the virtual, unincorporated organization known as “The DAO” were securities subject to the federal securities laws. The DAO sold DAO tokens in exchange for the digital currency Ether used on … Continue Reading

Treasury Issues Regulatory Reform Recommendations for Banking Industry

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the first of a series of reports recommending regulatory reforms to the financial system consistent with President Trump’s Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.  Treasury’s first report focuses on the regulatory framework governing the depository system.  Notably, a substantial portion of … Continue Reading

OCC Issues Draft Licensing Manual for Evaluating Charter Applications from Fintech Companies

On Wednesday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued a highly-anticipated draft supplement to its Licensing Manual (the “Supplement”) for evaluating applications from fintech companies for a special purpose national bank (“SPNB”) charter. The Supplement explains how the OCC will apply its existing licensing standards and requirements to these companies. The OCC … Continue Reading

FDIC Vice Chairman Hoenig’s Proposal for Regulation of Financial Holding Companies

As has been widely reported, FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig put forward in remarks to the Institute of International Bankers on Monday, March 13, a “Market-Based Proposal for Regulatory Relief and Accountability” (the “Hoenig Proposal” or the “Proposal”).  If adopted, the Hoenig Proposal would substantially change the regulation of large and complex banking organizations doing … Continue Reading

Getting Started Guide for Recovery Planning

On September 29, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued final guidance for recovery planning.  The Guidance applies to insured national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches of foreign banks with average total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more. We partnered with Ernst & Young LLP to prepare a getting … Continue Reading

President Trump Begins Efforts to Roll Back Financial Regulations

Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to curtail financial regulations, particularly those promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act.  President Trump argued frequently that the regulations issued under the act have proven overly burdensome and, among other things, limited job growth.  This afternoon, the President took his first formal step in implementing his deregulatory agenda.  He … Continue Reading

FDIC Issues Draft Handbook for De Novo Bank Organizers

Last Thursday, the FDIC issued a draft handbook for organizers of de novo insured depository institutions.  The handbook provides an explanation of the process for submitting an application to the FDIC in order to offer FDIC-insured deposit products.  The handbook is relevant for any person or company that is interested in a bank charter and proposing to accept … Continue Reading

OCC to Issue Special Purpose National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

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 issuing special purpose national bank charters to financial technology (“fintech”) companies. The OCC released a whitepaper outlining its authority to issue charters to fintech companies, its approach to supervising … Continue Reading

Post-Election Outlook for Financial Regulatory Agencies: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

The transition to a new administration with the election of Republican Donald J. Trump as President, along with continued Republican control of the Senate and House of Representatives, promises to bring substantial change to each of the federal financial regulatory agencies.  Changes in leadership at the federal financial regulatory agencies will likely result in substantial … Continue Reading

Post-Election Outlook for Financial Regulatory Agencies: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

President-Elect Donald J. Trump has said little about his plans for money laundering and terrorist financing enforcement, or his plans for the agency responsible for many of the Federal government’s anti-money laundering (“AML”) initiatives, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). FinCEN is a bureau within the Treasury Department and not a fully independent agency.  Its … Continue Reading

Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry Delivers Remarks Regarding Interagency Collaboration (and the OCC’s Relationship with the CFPB)

On October 25, 2016, OCC Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry delivered remarks to a group of bank regulators at the tenth annual FDIC Accounting and Auditing Conference.  The remarks, addressing the importance of interagency collaboration, provide insight into how Comptroller Curry views the OCC’s relations with the other banking agencies. In his remarks, … Continue Reading

Federal Banking Agencies Request Comment on Enhanced Cybersecurity Standards

On October 19, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a joint Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on enhanced cybersecurity standards that would apply to certain large, interconnected financial entities as well as the third … Continue Reading

Governor Brainard’s Speech on Distributed Ledger Technology

Earlier today, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Institute of International Finance on distributed ledger technology.  She noted that the Federal Reserve has created a working group to conduct a 360-degree analysis of financial innovation, including the impact that distributed ledger technologies may have on payment, clearing, … Continue Reading
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