The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently issued and invited public comment on proposed guidelines to be used by Federal Reserve Banks to evaluate requests for master accounts and/or access to Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) financial services, in order to support a more “transparent and consistent” approach to such requests.

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Yesterday, by a vote of 52-47, the Senate passed the resolution introduced by Democratic Senators under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the OCC’s “true lender” final rule.  The rule addresses when a national bank or federal savings association should be considered the “true lender” in the context of a partnership with a

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) in D.C. federal district court seeking to block the OCC from granting a national bank charter to Figure Technologies Inc.  The lawsuit represents CSBS’s third challenge to the OCC’s authority

As discussed in our earlier blog, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing on April 28, 2021 entitled “The Reemergence of Rent-a-Bank?”.

The hearing focused primarily on the final “True Lender” rule issued by the OCC on October 27, 2020, which was effective December 29, 2020. The True Lender

The Attorney Generals of the six states and District of Columbia who filed a lawsuit against the FDIC to set aside its “Madden-fix” rule have filed a motion for summary judgment in the case.

The lawsuit is pending before the same California federal district court judge (Judge Jeffrey S. White) who is

On Wednesday, April 28, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing, “The Reemergence of Rent-a-Bank?

In addition to Brian Brooks, the former Acting Comptroller of the Currency, the scheduled witnesses are Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General, Lisa Stifler, Director of State Policy, Center for Responsible Lending, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III,

After looking at CSBS’s role in the system of state financial supervision, we discuss CSBS initiatives to coordinate state licensing and supervision of multi-state non-bank companies, such as by implementing a “one company-one exam” approach and multi-state licensing program, its work on a model law for money services businesses, why CSBS opposes an OCC fintech

Mr. Hunt shares his perspective on a range of issues, including how Rohit Chopra, CFPB Director-nominee, is likely to approach his new role, the CFPB’s likely approach to innovation and overdraft rulemaking under Mr. Chopra’s leadership, how banks are engaging with data aggregators, the OCC’s role and expectations for a new Comptroller, the status of

On April 15, 2021, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions will hold a hearing titled, “Banking Innovation or Regulatory Evasion? Exploring Trends in Financial Institution Charters.”  A topic expected to receive attention at the hearing is the OCC’s decision to accept applications for special purpose national bank

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held oral argument last week in the OCC’s appeal from the district court’s final judgment in the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking to block the OCC’s issuance of special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to non-depository fintech companies.

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