In this podcast, Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation, joins us to discuss the CFPB’s final trial disclosures, no-action letter, and FinTech sandbox policies.  Topics covered include the elements of each policy and the protection from liability available, the role of pre-application discussions between the CFPB and applicants, and the CFPB’s plans

Last week, the CFPB finalized its proposed revisions to its trial disclosures and no-action letter policies and also finalized its proposal to create a new FinTech sandbox policy.  It also announced the creation of the American Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN), a network of federal and state regulators to facilitate innovation, and issued its first no-action

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking ideas on how it can use Tech Sprints to advance regulatory innovation and compliance.  Comments are due by November 8, 2019.

The CFPB’s notice describes Tech Sprints as a model that: 

“gather[s] regulators, technologists, financial institutions, and subject matter experts from key stakeholders for

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

The CFPB has issued proposals to revise its disclosure sandbox and no action letter policy and create a product sandbox.  In this week’s podcast, we review what the CFPB has proposed, assess the criticism advanced by state attorneys general and consumer advocates, and discuss the CFPB’s likely next steps and how the proposals’ critics

The Cato Institute announced that it will hold a policy forum in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2019 at which the topic will be “Promoting Fintech Innovation and Consumer Choice: The Role of Regulatory Sandboxes.”

The forum will feature Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation at the CFPB.  He is expected to

Our guest for this week’s podcast is Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation.  Paul formerly worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s office where he was in charge of fintech initiatives and led the state’s successful efforts to create the first “regulatory sandbox” in the United States which allows new financial technologies and

The OCC announced that its Office of Innovation will host office hours for national banks, federal savings associations, and financial technology (fintech) companies from July 24 through July 26, 2017 at the OCC’s district office in New York City.  According to the OCC, the office hours are intended to “provide an opportunity for meetings with

In a new report, the CFPB discusses its approach to FinTech and financial innovation, its Project Catalyst initiative, and marketplace developments the CFPB views as potentially beneficial for consumers.  The report, entitled “Project Catalyst report: Promoting consumer-friendly innovation-Innovation Insights,” was released in conjunction with remarks given by Director Cordray at Money 20/20, a large