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Basel Committee Proposes Use of Short-Term Wholesale Funding Indicator in G-SIB Surcharge Methodology

On March 30, 2017, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS”) issued a consultative document to revise the methodology it uses to measure the systemic importance of internationally active banks.  The BCBS methodology incorporates various quantitative indicators of a bank’s “Cross-Jurisdictional Activity,” “Size,” “Interconnectedness,” “Substitutability,” and “Complexity” to arrive at a single score of each … Continue Reading

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report Highlights Complaints about Credit Cards

On March 28, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its monthly complaint report. For the month of February 2017, the products and services generating the most complaints were debt collection, credit reporting, and mortgages, collectively representing over 60% of all complaints received. This is a shift over January, where the three most complained … 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

OCC and CFPB weigh in on Fintech issues

In separate remarks at the Lendit USA 2017 conference on March 6, 2017, Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, and Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), discussed their respective agencies’ approaches to fintech. Although neither agency head made any groundbreaking announcement, their remarks provide an up-to-date summary of the … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases Supervisory Report Focused on Improvements in Credit Reporting

On March 2, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a “special edition” supervisory report that focused on improvements made in the credit reporting industry since the CFPB began supervising the industry in 2012.  This report follows on the heels of the monthly complaints report the CFPB released on March 1, 2017, which also … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order For Implementation of Regulatory Reforms

Having released executive orders directing federal agencies to curb the issuance of new regulations and requiring a regulatory review of financial regulations, President Trump issued a new executive order on February 24, 2017 (the “Order”) to create a process within the federal agencies for implementing his administration’s deregulatory agenda. The Order contains two general requirements.  … Continue Reading

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report Highlights Complaints About Credit Reports

On February 28, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its monthly complaint report. For the month of January 2017, the products and services generating the most complaints were debt collection, student loans, and credit reporting, collectively representing about 60 percent of complaints.  This is  the first time since the CFPB started releasing monthly complaint reports in … Continue Reading

Europe and American Financial Regulatory Outlooks Could Diverge

As reported by Law360, European Central Bank (“ECB”) Executive Board Member and Supervisory Board Vice-Chair Sabine Lautenschläger suggested in a February 19 interview that the ECB intends to keep “European [banking] institutions on a tighter rein” than the United States appears to intend to do with domestic banks. Ms. Lautenschläger noted “it is imperative that … Continue Reading

Regulators Release Guidance for Compliance with Variation Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps

Today, both the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) published guidance addressing the agencies’ “expectations for compliance” with minimum variation margin requirements for non-cleared swaps that become effective March 1, 2017. The guidance is relevant to any swap dealer registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) for which … 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

TCH Report on Redesign of the AML/CFT Regulatory Framework

The Clearing House published this week a report that highlights potential anachronisms and inefficiencies in current U.S. anti-money laundering / counter-financing of terrorism regulation.  The report makes 8 core recommendations for reform, including the following: Centralizing Regulatory Responsibility:  “The Department of Treasury, through its Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), should take a more … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Grants Rehearing En Banc in PHH

The D.C. Circuit today granted rehearing en banc in PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“PHH”), vacating the prior order that, among other things, found the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) structure unconstitutional. The court directed the parties to brief a set of questions related to: the constitutionality of the Bureau’s structure; … Continue Reading

CFTC Issues No-Action Position on Variation Margin Rules that Provides Swap Dealers with a Grace Period for the Completion of Documentation and the Implementation of Operational Processes

On February 13, 2017, the staff of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) of the CFTC issued CFTC Letter No. 17-11 (the “Letter”) providing a time-limited no-action position with respect to swap dealers (“SDs”) who fail to collect and/or post variation margin in connection with uncleared swaps. Acting Chair Christopher Giancarlo commented … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Holds Open a Narrow Path for Challenging Bank Supervisory Ratings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued a rare decision on a bank’s ability to challenge its supervisory ratings—in this case, its Federal Deposit Insurance Company (“FDIC”) Capital, Assets, Management, Earnings, Liquidity and Sensitivity (“CAMELS”) rating—in court.  See Builders Bank v. FDIC, — F.3d —, 2017 WL 237585 (7th Cir. 2017) … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Monthly Complaint Report Focuses on Mortgages

On February 8, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its monthly complaint report. For the month of December 2016, the products and services generating the most complaints were debt collection, credit reporting, and mortgages, collectively representing about 65 percent of complaints. In a year-to-year comparison covering the three-month time period between October and December in 2015 … 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

Democratic Senators Send Letter to Colleagues Arguing Against Restructuring the CFPB as a Commission

On January 31, 2017, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to Democratic Senators arguing that the single director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) should not be replaced with a five-member commission.  Specifically, the Senators warned that attempts to restructure the CFPB are intended “to prevent the agency … Continue Reading

The Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule Amending Capital Plan and CCAR Stress Test Rules

On January 30, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”) released a final rule amending its capital plan and Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (“CCAR”) stress testing rules. The final rule addresses the following key issues, among others: Qualitative Assessments.  Under the final rule, “large and noncomplex bank … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order to Curb New Regulations

On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order to reduce the number of federal regulations and control regulatory costs (the “Order”). The Order, which applies to any “executive department or agency”— forbids any such department or agency from issuing a new regulation unless it identifies two existing regulations to be rescinded, unless prohibited … Continue Reading

Legislators and Others Seek To Intervene in PHH v. CFPB Litigation

As we previously discussed, in October 2016, a 3-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit reviewing an enforcement action by the CFPB determined that the Bureau’s director is subject to at-will removal by the President.  The Bureau subsequently petitioned for re-hearing before the full court. Late last week, following a motion to intervene by several state … Continue Reading
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