On October 10, 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), together with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, adopted a final rule to revise the criteria for determining the applicability of regulatory capital and liquidity requirements for large U.S. banking organizations and the

As we previously reported, last November the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board and Comptroller of the Currency (the federal banking agencies) proposed a rule to implement a rural residential property appraisal exemption under the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Growth Act) and also increase the appraisal exemption based on transaction value

The Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee have sent a letter to Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting urging the OCC to make action to address the uncertainty created by Second Circuit’s Madden decision “a priority on the OCC’s rulemaking agenda.” 

In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a purchaser of charged-off

I don’t understand why Professor Levitin is attacking the OCC and FDIC for filing an amicus brief in an “obscure small business bankruptcy case to which a bank was not even a party.”  The brief was an exceptional piece of drafting and analysis and the banking agencies do not deserve to be denigrated for a

The OCC and FDIC have filed a joint amicus brief in a Colorado federal district court arguing that the court should affirm the decision of a bankruptcy court holding that a non-bank loan assignee could charge the same interest rate the bank assignor could charge under Section 27(a) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12

The D.C. federal district court has granted the OCC’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) to block the OCC from issuing special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to fintech companies.

The CSBS lawsuit was the second lawsuit filed by CSBS attempting to block the OCC from issuing

On July 31, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC“) released OCC Bulletin 2019-40 (the “Bulletin”) detailing guidelines for national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches of foreign banking organizations subject to the Community Reinvestment Act (the “CRA”) requesting designation as a wholesale or limited purpose bank under

Opposition from state regulators to the OCC’s decision to issue special purpose national bank (or fintech) charters continues to be vigorous.  In this podcast, we review the charter’s potential benefits, assess the legal arguments made by its opponents, discuss the federal court decision refusing to dismiss the NY banking regulator’s lawsuit, why we think it’s

Last Thursday, the OCC filed a letter with the New York federal district court hearing the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) seeking to block the OCC’s issuance of special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to fintech companies in which the OCC advised the court that it will be conferring

The OCC’s Semiannual Risk Perspective report focuses on key issues that pose threats to bank safety and soundness and legal compliance.  Among such issues discussed in the Spring 2019 report, which generally reflects bank data as of December 31, 2018, are risks arising from financial innovation and new technologies.

One of the most significant