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15 03, 2024

Al031824

2024-03-15T17:23:21-04:00March 15th, 2024|3- This Week|

Answered Prayers?

Banks have been asking regulators for years – decades? – to update 1995 merger guidance.  So the banking agencies are beginning to do, but not exactly as banks would have liked to see it done.  Although Sen. Warren (D-MA) thinks the OCC’s proposed merger policy is too soft, our analysis (see FSM Report MERGER14) and that of many others finds it a formidable barrier to all but the simplest, smallest transactions.  Now comes the FDIC.  As the schedule below makes clear, it plans on Thursday to issue a proposal based on its 2021 RFI (see FSM Report MERGER9).  We doubt any bank-merger policy influenced as strongly by CFPB Director Chopra will be a bank merger policy banks will like any better than the OCC’s, although some compromises may have to be made if Republican members of the FDIC board are willing to contemplate at least some of what Mr. Chopra, surely seconded by Chair Gruenberg, wants done.

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14 03, 2024

DAILY031424

2024-03-14T16:33:10-04:00March 14th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Bipartisan Senators See More ILC Charters

Led by Sen. Romney (R-UT), bipartisan senators generally from states with large ILC presence or interest urged the agency to advance pending ILC charters and consider new ones.  The Senators oppose regulatory actions that may “target” ILC charter applications, expressing concerns about delays in the FDIC’s decision process.

Global Supervisors Target Mortgages, BNPL, Fintech as Top NBFI Systemic Priorities

An FSI report today recommends a holistic approach to regulating NBFI retail lenders, urging a policy mix increasing NBFI oversight.  This may well be right, but it will take statutory change in nations such as the U.S. to achieve it.

New Open-Standard-Setting for Open-Banking Set for Stringent Eligibility Standards

CFPB Director Chopra now states that the open-banking regulation regarding consumer data rights (see FSM Report DATA4) will be finalized in the fall, with proposed new standards for standard-setters released ahead of time so that the final rule addresses both issues.  Mr. Chopra is concerned that some forms of standard-setting organizations “weaponize” data to enhance their competitive position.

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19 07, 2023

DAILY071923

2023-07-19T16:57:05-04:00July 19th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FTC/DOJ Propose Sweeping M&A Rewrite

Following an extensive inquiry into a new U.S. merger construct, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission today released a draft formal policy statement that would codify issues previously raised in areas such as a transaction’s implications for workers.

White House Leaves Bank “Junk Fee” Attack As Is

Acting on President Biden’s competition executive order (see Client Report MERGER6), the White House today announced a slate of actions aimed at lowering consumer costs and promoting competition.

Bipartisan Senators Introduce New DeFi-AML/Sanctions Framework

Senator Reed (D-RI) yesterday introduced legislation along with Sens. Warner (D-VA), Rounds (R-SD), and Romney (R-UT) targeting DeFi-related money laundering and sanctions evasion.

Dems Reintroduce Bill Requiring Instant Consumer Deposit Access

Sens. Van Hollen (D-MD) and Warren (D-MA) and Reps. Pressley (D-MA) and Lynch (D-MA) have reintroduced the Payments Modernization Act, which requires financial institutions to recognize deposited funds in real-time and clarifies the moot point of whether the Fed has existing authority to build a real-time payments system.

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