Tag Archives: Fintech

CFPB Issues its First No-Action Letter

On September 14, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued a no-action letter for the first time, after having finalized its no-action letter policy in February 2016.  The Bureau’s letter grants a request by Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart”), an online lender that uses both traditional and non-traditional credit scoring data, … Continue Reading

CFTC Launches FinTech Initiative “LabCFTC”

On May 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced the launch of its financial technology (“FinTech”) initiative, LabCFTC.  Per the agency, the initiative is designed to “promot[e] responsible FinTech innovation to improve the quality, resiliency, and competitiveness of the markets the CFTC oversees.”  According to Acting Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo, LabCFTC is “intended … Continue Reading

FDIC Settles Unfair and Deceptive Practices Investigation with Bank and Institution-Affiliated Parties

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) announced settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two of its institution-affiliated parties, Freedom Stores, Inc. and Military Credit Services, LLC.  The settlements require the companies to pay restitution totaling $3 million to past and present borrowers who were harmed, impose civil monetary penalties totaling … Continue Reading

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Sues To Stop OCC Fintech Charters

On April 26, 2017, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) filed a complaint against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry to block the agency from going forward with its proposal to grant special purpose national bank charters to fintech companies. The CSBS filed … 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

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 Issues Request for Information on Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a request for information (“RFI”) regarding the potential benefits and risks of relying on alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer credit marketplace. In contrast with information that has traditionally defined a consumer’s credit history—such as debt repayment history and the existence of current … Continue Reading

State Banking Regulators Oppose OCC Fintech Charter

With this week’s close of the comment period on the December 2016 whitepaper by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) regarding special purpose charters for fintech companies, which we discussed in a previous client alert, several key stakeholders have weighed in on the OCC’s plans.  Notably, on January 13, 2017, the Conference … Continue Reading

Senate Democrats Question OCC’s Proposed FinTech Charters

As discussed in our recent client alert, in a December 2, 2016 whitepaper, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) outlined its authority under the National Bank Act to grant special-purpose charters on a case-by-case basis to financial technology (“fintech”) companies that provide services equivalent to certain traditional banking activities. In the paper, … Continue Reading

OCC Finalizes Receivership Rule for Uninsured National Banks

On December 20, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released a final rule addressing the receivership of national banks that are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) and therefore are not subject to receivership by the FDIC under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (“FDIA”).  While all 52 existing … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board Releases Research Paper on Digital Ledger Technology

The Federal Reserve Board released a staff research paper on Monday, December 5, 2016, addressing the potential use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in payments, clearing, and settlement (PCS) processes.  A distributed ledger is a type of database in which identical copies of information are distributed and maintained among multiple parties or multiple nodes in … 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

SEC Leaders Discuss Fintech Regulation

At the inaugural Financial Technology Forum hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) November 14, 2016, SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White and Commissioner Michael Piwowar gave remarks addressing the future of fintech regulation and the role of the SEC in such regulation. Both Chairwoman White and Commissioner Piwowar emphasized the potential benefits and … Continue Reading

Comptroller Curry Emphasizes That Fintech Charter Will Not Involve Regulatory Relief, Rejects “Sandbox” Approach to Financial Innovation

In a speech delivered yesterday to an industry conference in London, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry did not reject the idea of a special charter for fintech firms – but did reject the idea that such a charter would come with lessened regulatory burdens as compared to a traditional bank charter. In particular, Comptroller … 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

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

On October 12, 2016, the White House released a report on the future of artificial intelligence and its potentially transformative impact on the economy and society.  Although the report does not focus on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the financial services industry, it provides a helpful overview of the different categories of … 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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