Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), approved their “Financial CHOICE Act” (FCA) legislation on a party-line 34-26 vote on May 4, clearing the way for consideration on the House floor in the coming weeks. The Committee held this vote following a marathon three-day markup session that saw Committee Republicans defeat numerous Democratic amendments and other delaying tactics. The markup session was a clearly partisan affair that is indicative of the bill’s uncertain future in the closely divided Senate.
On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced formally that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will move forward with chartering financial technology (FinTech) companies that offer bank products and services as special purpose national banks. The announcement was accompanied by the OCC’s release of a guidance paper (Paper) entitled “Exploring Special Purpose National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies” that provided both initial guidance on the special purpose chartering process and posed a set of thirteen questions for public comment. The OCC will accept comments on its Paper until January 15, 2017. … Read more
On December 1, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) released a proposed rule that would require certain New York-regulated financial institutions (Regulated Institutions) to comply with enhanced anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering (AML) requirements and subject chief compliance officers to potential criminal liability for noncompliance (the Proposal).
The proposed regulations aim to strengthen New York financial institutions’ fight against terrorist financing and money laundering at a time when terrorism concerns are at their highest in years. The Proposal, which was developed by the DFS over several months, also comes amid persistent calls from the general public to … Read more