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7 12, 2022

DAILY120722

2022-12-07T17:42:12-05:00December 7th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Gensler Stands by Enforcement-Focused Crypto Policy

In an interview today, SEC Chairman Gensler fiercely defended the Commission’s crypto enforcement history and attacked crypto exchanges, calling them “casinos” that fought to skirt investor-protection law rather than come into compliance.  Rebuking calls from Sen. Warren (D-MA) for increased SEC crypto attention, he argued that the Commission is committed to regulating crypto securities and has already filed an abundance of enforcement actions.

CFPB Demurs on Key Preemption Decisions

Signaling an aversion to Federal preemption long sought by consumer advocates, the CFPB has made a preliminary determination that a New York State law that requires commercial financing disclosures is not preempted by TILA.  It has also reached an initial decision that similar laws in California, Utah, and Virginia are also not preempted, reflecting the importance of this decision.

Dems Demand De-Risking Rewrite

A day after a senior Treasury official chastised banks for failing to de-risk on a risk-based methodology, Sen. Warren (D-MA), Rep. Omar (D-MN), and a group of Democratic Members of Congress wrote Secretary Yellen, FinCEN, and the banking agencies seeking an update on ways to ensure that AML compliance does not adversely affect Muslim and immigrant communities.  Noting that a recent increase in sanctions also has led banks to de-risk charities, the Members point to resulting humanitarian problems due to lost aid.

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30 06, 2022

DAILY063022

2023-01-24T15:53:35-05:00June 30th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

OFAC Updates Counter-Terrorism Sanctions

OFAC today adopted a final rule that amends the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to implement a 2019 executive order and make several minor technical changes.

Basel Crafts Stringent New Regime for Crypto Exposures

As promised, the Basel Committee today tried again to craft a global prudential regime for bank crypto exposures.  We will shortly provide clients with an in-depth analysis of the new consultation, which replaces a controversial first round (see FSM Report CRYPTO19) with one that continues add-on capital requirements for higher-risk digital assets (now redefined for stablecoins).

FSB Frets About Commodity, Resilience Risk

The FSB’s plenary today is far more pessimistic about both macroeconomic and financial conditions than it was just a month ago.  Although it then worried about commodity-market volatility, these concerns now are heightened by large margin calls, “undetected” leverage, and concentrated exposures.

CFPB Pledges Guidance on Wage Access Products

The CFPB today terminated the Sandbox Approval Order for Payactiv, an earned wage access company, removing an exemption for some of the company’s products from liability under the Truth in Lending Act.  Payactiv requested the termination in order to make changes to its fee model, as changes to its products would require modifications to the order.

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