• 03.26.20

    New York Orders Fee Waivers, Mortgage Forbearance

    The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released guidance for its regulated financial institutions and mortgage servicers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorizing banks to take “reasonable and prudent actions” to work with consumers and small businesses that have been ...

  • 03.13.20

    Public Company Considerations During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    In December 2019, COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus, emerged in Wuhan, China.

  • 03.13.20

    COVID-19 and M&A Transactions

    COVID-19 (more commonly known as the novel coronavirus) has had a swift and far-reaching impact beyond the spread of the disease.

  • 03.11.20

    FDIC Offers De Novo Guidance for Nontraditional Applicants

    In an attempt to help non-banks and fintechs understand the de novo application process, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released new materials, including a supplement to its Deposit Insurance Application Procedures Manual (the Supplement) that describes special considerations and ...

  • 03.09.20

    The SEC Proposes to Expand Capital-Raising Opportunities for Reg D, Reg A and Crowdfunding Offerings

    On March 4, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued proposed rules to simplify certain aspects of exempt offerings with the goal of expanding access to capital for issuers and increasing opportunities for investors. The proposed rules are set forth in SEC Release No. ...

  • 02.19.20

    Securitization Vehicles Win Madden Victory

    In one of two closely watched New York class actions asserting usury claims against national bank securitization vehicles based on the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, 786 F.3d 246 (2d Cir. 2015), a federal magistrate judge has recommended dismissal based on federal ...

  • 02.13.20

    CSBS Reports On Progress in Implementing Vision 2020

    What progress has the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) made in implementing the 2019 recommendations of the Fintech Industry Advisory Panel (the “Advisory Panel”) related to Vision 2020, its bold approach to modernizing and streamlining the state licensing and supervision of ...

  • 01.23.20

    California DBO Challenging Transactions as Disguised Loans

    Potentially redefining the nature of a “loan,” the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) is pursuing multiple enforcement efforts against certain financing vehicles that have long been recognized as exempt from lending laws.

  • 01.23.20

    OCC Asks Second Circuit to Hear Fintech Charter Dispute

    As expected, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has requested a federal appeals court to reverse a decision by a lower court denying the OCC’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its plans to issue special purpose charters to fintech companies.

  • 01.09.20

    Manatt Fintech: What to Expect in 2020

    Taking a break after eight brisk years of regulatory and litigious turbulence, the world of fintech and marketplace lending in 2019 was notable for being more business as usual, or what some might call a “ho hum” year of upward growth.

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