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German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority Publishes Guidance on the Regulatory Framework for Cloud Services

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”) recently published an article that provides guidance on the regulatory framework for cloud computing.  This is a follow-up to the circular letter Minimum Requirements for Risk Management (“MaRisk”), which was published in German in October 2017 and the circular letter Supervisory Requirements for IT in Financial Institutions (“BAIT”), … Continue Reading

FS-ISAC Launches Information Sharing Forum for Government Entities

On June 11, 2018, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (“FS-ISAC”) announced the launch of the CERES Forum, an information sharing initiative for central banks, regulators, and supervisors designed to strengthen responses to cyber and physical threats.  The new forum will become operational on July 1, 2018. Although FS-ISAC primarily comprises private financial … Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Advisory Regarding Virtual Currency Derivatives

Earlier this week, the CFTC published a staff advisory regarding virtual currency derivative product listings. The guidance sets forth five areas of focus for exchanges and clearinghouses in listing a new virtual currency derivatives contract pursuant to Commission Regulation 40.2 or 40.3, including: (1) enhanced market surveillance, (2) coordination with CFTC staff, (3) large trader … Continue Reading

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Encourages Banks to Meet Consumer’s Needs for Short-Term, Small-Dollar Credit; BCFP Voices Approval

Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a bulletin encouraging national banks and federal savings associations to make short-term, small-dollar installment loans that are both safe and affordable available to consumers. The bulletin observes that despite the need, many banks have withdrawn from this market, forcing consumers to turn to non-bank lenders. … Continue Reading

Customer Due Diligence Rule — Key Practical Resources

FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence Rule for Financial Institutions (the “CDD Rule”) became effective yesterday.  The rule, which was published by FinCEN on May 2016 (and slightly amended on September 29, 2017) is described in this Covington client alert.  It requires covered financial institutions to: (i) adopt due diligence procedures to identify and verify a legal … Continue Reading

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Amends Timing Provisions of Federal “Know Before You Owe” Rule

On April 26, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”) finalized an amendment to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule (also known as the TILA-RESPA Rule), which it proposed in July 2017 and which we previously described in this blog. The amendment eliminates uncertainty regarding a timing restriction in the TILA-RESPA … Continue Reading

Cboe Contributes to Ongoing Discussion Regarding Cryptocurrency ETPs

Last month, Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (“Cboe”) responded to a staff letter on cryptocurrency funds and related investment products published by the SEC earlier this year. The SEC staff letter recognized that proponents of cryptocurrencies have identified a range of potential benefits and that innovation is important, but the SEC also identified a number of … Continue Reading

Treasury Releases Recommendations to Reform CRA Framework

On April 3, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released its much-anticipated recommendations to reform the Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”). The report, which is addressed to the federal banking agencies, outlines a number of proposed regulatory and administrative changes to (i) the CRA’s performance evaluation criteria, and (ii) the federal banking agencies’ approach to … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Request for Information on Its Consumer Financial Education Programs

On April 4, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its latest Request for Information (“RFI”), which seeks comments on the “overall efficiency and effectiveness” of the CFPB’s consumer financial education programs. Generally, the CFPB is requesting comment on its focus on various topics, programs, and delivery channels and methods (presumably to identify if … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues RFI On Its Guidance and Implementation Support

On March 28, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the effectiveness and accessibility of its guidance materials and activities, including implementation support.  Specifically, the RFI asks for information about the following aspects of the CFPB’s methods of providing guidance to the public: Regulatory Inquiries Function: This function allows … Continue Reading

Regulators Issue Report on Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a joint annual report to Congress on their activities in 2017 to combat illegal debt collection practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), for which the agencies share responsibilities. The report suggests that, even amidst other changes at the CFPB, … Continue Reading

Advancing Blockchain Cybersecurity: Technical and Policy Considerations for the Financial Services Industry

Blockchain is a powerful innovation that is poised to bring substantial positive change to the financial services industry as well as many other industries.  Despite such promise, blockchain, like any emerging financial services technology, must be evaluated from the perspective of cybersecurity risk – both to an individual financial institution and to the broader and … Continue Reading

New York State Department of Financial Services Issues Guidance on Fraud and Market Manipulation in Virtual Currency Markets

On February 7, 2018, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued guidance for all virtual currency business entities (“VCBEs”) regarding the prevention of market manipulation and other wrongful activity. In a brief, two-page document, the DFS: (1) emphasized the importance of effectively preventing and responding to fraud and similar wrongdoing; (2) stated … Continue Reading

CFPB Dismisses Suit Against Tribal Lenders

In a surprising turn of events, the CFPB on Thursday dismissed its ongoing litigation against Golden Valley Lending, Inc., Silver Cloud Financial, Inc., Mountain Summit Financial, Inc., and Majestic Lake Financial, Inc.  The Bureau’s case was predicated on a controversial theory that turned alleged violations of state law into alleged violations of the Dodd-Frank Act, … Continue Reading

Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Reform of Regulations Related to Money Laundering and Other Illicit Financing Activities

The Senate Banking Committee held its first hearing of 2018 earlier this week to discuss potential reform of the current U.S. regulatory framework for combating money laundering and other forms of illicit financing.  Current proposals for reform include raising the mandatory reporting thresholds for currency transactions and suspicious activity, requiring the collection of beneficial ownership … Continue Reading

SEC Chairman Issues Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings

On December 11, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (the “Statement”) reflecting his own views on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”)* and their relationship to federal securities laws.  The Chairman’s Statement follows three separate public enforcement actions brought by the SEC since September 2017 involving ICOs. … Continue Reading

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments Related to the Expungement of Customer Dispute Information

On December 6, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 17-42 requesting comment on proposed amendments to the FINRA Codes of Arbitration Procedure relating to requests for expungement of customer dispute information.  FINRA Rule 2080 currently governs a member or associated person’s request to expunge information from the Central Registration Depository (“CRD”) system … Continue Reading

UK Regulator Extracts Compensation from Fund Operator and Parent

On November 10, the FCA issued a Final Notice relating that Capita Financial Managers Limited (“CFM”) had agreed to pay investors £66m over the collapse of a circa £110m unregulated collective investment scheme called the Connaught Income fund. The decision has garnered interest because the FCA faced political pressure to speed up its investigation into … Continue Reading

CFTC Further Delays Swap Dealer De Minimis Threshold Drop

On October 26, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an order postponing the automatic lowering of the swap dealer de minimis threshold. Instead of dropping from $8 billion in notional value (measured over the prior 12-month period) to $3 billion on December 31, 2018, which would have required firms to begin tracking swap … Continue Reading

OCC Issues Guidance on CRA Ratings Downgrades for Consumer Compliance Violations

On October 12, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued a Policies and Procedures Manual (“PPM”) outlining the framework to be used by examiners to determine whether an OCC-regulated bank should receive a downgrade of its Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) performance rating based on evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit … Continue Reading

The CFPB Finalizes Amendments to ECOA Regulations and Seeks Public Comment on HMDA Policy Guidance

On September 20, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (“CFPB”) announced final amendments to Regulation B, which implements the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), to provide flexibility and clarity to mortgage lenders regarding the collection and retention of information about the ethnicity, sex, and race of certain mortgage applicants.  The CFPB also issued proposed policy … Continue Reading

OCC Permits Programs for Higher LTV Mortgage Lending in Distressed Communities

On August 21, 2017, the OCC issued guidance permitting national banks and federal savings associations to establish programs to offer mortgages with loan-to-value (“LTV”) ratios exceeding 100 percent in communities that have been officially targeted for revitalization by a federal, state, or municipal governmental entity or agency, or by a government-designated entity. Under existing supervisory … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Temporary Amendment to HMDA Rule Reporting Threshold

On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a final rule amending Regulation C, the implementing regulation for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”). In October 2015, the CFPB promulgated substantial revisions to Regulation C (the “HMDA Rule”) to implement statutory amendments to HMDA in section 1094 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street … Continue Reading

The OCC Rejects Operation Chokepoint in Letter to Chairman Hensarling

On August 21, 2017, Keith Noreika, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, sent a letter to Jeb Hensarling, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, stating that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) is not, and never was, a part of Operation Chokepoint, and that Operation Chokepoint is not the policy … Continue Reading
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