Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood advises companies and financial institutions on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, corporate governance and securities compliance and disclosure issues.

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GAO Finds that the CFPB’s 2013 Bulletin on Indirect Auto Lending is a Rule for Purposes of the Congressional Review Act.

On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a letter finding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s March 21, 2013 Bulletin on Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act is a “rule” for the purposes of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), and therefore should have been submitted to … Continue Reading

Shortened T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions is Implemented

On September 5, 2017, the securities industry implemented a shortened standard settlement cycle for securities transactions from three business days (“T+3”) to two business days (“T+2”). On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) had adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 that shortened the … Continue Reading

SEC Clarifies Guidance Related to Omission of Interim Financial Information in Registration Statements

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an interpretation that clarifies what financial information an emerging growth company (an “EGC”) may omit from its confidentially submitted draft registration statement.… Continue Reading

Texas District Court Rules that Notification of Purpose in CFPB CID Provides Fair Notice

On January 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a civil investigative demand (“CID”) to The Source for Public Data, L.P. (“Public Data”), a company that collects personal information about consumers. The CID requested information to determine whether consumer reporting agencies, persons using consumer reports, or other persons have engaged or are … Continue Reading

Republican Lawmakers Pen Letter to Secretary Acosta Encouraging the DOL to Delay the Fiduciary Rule “in its Entirety”

On May 2, 2017, more than 100 Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to the recently installed Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta encouraging the Labor Department to “delay ˗ in its entirety” the Department of Labor’s final rule on the definition of fiduciary (the so-called “fiduciary rule”). This new rule expands the definition of fiduciary under ERISA … Continue Reading

Federal Agencies Complete Evaluation of Resolution Plans of 16 Domestic and Four Foreign Banks

On March 24, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “Agencies”) jointly announced that they had completed their evaluation of  the resolution plans submitted by 16 domestic banks, primarily regional banks, in December 2015, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The Agencies did not determine that any of the  16 … Continue Reading

SEC Chair Will Continue to Push Agenda, Despite GOP Requests

Shortly after the election, House Republicans reportedly sent a letter to the federal agencies, including the SEC, asking them to refrain from finalizing any pending rules or regulations in order to provide the new administration and Congress the opportunity to review and provide direction. The letter further stated that “should you ignore this counsel, please … Continue Reading

Community Banks Share Compliance Officers

Over the past few years, banks have been forced to devote more resources to compliance and compliance personnel as the regulatory burdens on financial institutions have increased.  For large financial institutions, this generally means hiring additional compliance staff.  In 2014, The Wall Street Journal tagged compliance officers with the “the hottest job in America.” But, … Continue Reading

Post-Election Outlook for Financial Regulatory Agencies: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Republican president-elect Donald J. Trump, with the support of a Republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives, promises to bring in a new era of limited government, rolling back legislation enacted under President Obama’s administration. This transition to a new administration will have a significant impact on each of the federal financial regulatory agencies, including … Continue Reading

State Regulator Makes Case Against a Federal Fintech Charter

As a follow-up to our post on fintech charters earlier this week, Bryan A. Schneider, secretary at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors task force on emerging payments and innovation, recently presented The Case Against a Federal Fintech Charter in the American Banker (subscription … Continue Reading

OCC’s General Counsel Provides Insight into Special Purpose Charters for Fintech Firms

On October 14, 2016, Amy Friend, the OCC’s general counsel, discussed the OCC’s overtures to the Fintech community and the possibility of a special purpose charter with the American Banker. As background, since the OCC issued its whitepaper on Supporting Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System on March 31, 2016, the federal banking agency … Continue Reading