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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Our memo delivers key takeaways on the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement about its research into central bank digital currency, along with some useful resources. We also place the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement, in a speech by Governor Lael Brainard, in the overall international context.

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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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On April 20, 2020, the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a new £500 million scheme (delivered by the UK Government in partnership with the British Business Bank) to provide convertible loans (alongside private third party matched investors) as bridge funding to innovative companies facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus
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The FDIC proposed a rule to formalize certain longstanding expectations it has for approving applications by new industrial loan companies (ILCs) that would be subsidiaries of a parent company that would not be subject to consolidated supervision by the Federal Reserve. The proposal would require a written agreement
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In a step forward for the digital transformation of banking and partnerships between banks and FinTechs, the FDIC released proposed changes to its brokered deposit regulations in late December 2019. The proposed changes are designed to update the regulatory framework as much as possible within the constraints of the existing
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Financial services regulatory reform will continue to be active in 2020, with developments percolating in all three branches of government.  As we observe the changing landscape, here is the 2020 Vision Edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas,
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Building upon its BitLicense regime instituted in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has proposed two mechanisms by which entities that hold BitLicenses or trust charters with virtual currency authority (VC Licensees) may list or provide other approved services in a
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On November 27, 2019, the United States Department of Commerce issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on “regulations that would govern the process and procedures that the Secretary of Commerce will use to identify, assess, and address certain information and communications technology and services transactions that
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