On November 9, 2020, we released our deck “Financial Services Regulatory Reform in the Biden Administration: Key Areas of Focus.” This deck describes our view of the road ahead for financial regulatory reform under a Biden Presidency and a Republican Senate.  We see most of the action coming from the
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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has finalized a rule (Final Rule) establishing a bright-line test for determining the true lender of a loan.  The Final Rule is intended to address the now-common lending arrangements involving a partnership between a national bank or
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The banking sector is both regulated and supervised, a key difference between banking and the rest of the regulated sectors in the economy.  Supervision happens behind the veil of confidential supervisory information in ways that are both appropriate and concerning.[1]  The scope of what is appropriate and what is
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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has taken another important step to increase transparency and accountability in the supervisory process by proposing amendments to its existing Guidelines for Appeals of Material Supervisory Determinations (the Proposal).

In a comment letter submitted this week, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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The OCC has issued an interpretive letter confirming that national banks may take deposits that serve as reserves for fiat currency-pegged stablecoins.  The letter continues the series of actions taken or announced by Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks to clarify how traditional banking regulations apply to fintech activities—particularly when those activities
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The Federal Reserve’s recent updates to its regulations on confidential supervisory information and availability of information under the Freedom of Information Act include several meaningful modifications to adapt these rules for the digital age of emails, data rooms and slide decks and the modern organizational structure and operations of banking
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As Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks promised in his Statement on Becoming Acting Comptroller, the OCC proposed a rule on July 20, 2020, setting forth standards for determining the true lender of a loan made in the context of a partnership between a national bank or federal savings association (
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The business and financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting companies in all areas of the U.S. economy, and weighing on those from industry giants to small local businesses. For many businesses, survival will depend on accessing one or more of the numerous support programs announced by the Federal
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The Federal Reserve has created a new secured liquidity facility, called the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), designed to restore liquidity to the asset-backed securities (ABS) market.  TALF represents a continuation of the Federal Reserve’s use of its “unusual and exigent” powers to help provide
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The UK’s main financial regulators announced a series of measures last week intended to alleviate some of the regulatory burdens facing firms and financial market infrastructures in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are in addition to initiatives announced by the Bank of England (BoE) and HM Treasury
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