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James advises fintechs, banks, investors, and other clients regarding federal and state consumer financial laws and regulations, including Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act (UDAAP), TILA, RESPA, EFTA, and the FCRA. He helps clients navigate examinations and investigations with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve Board, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and various state agencies.

James also assists clients with product development, regulatory due diligence, and matters involving cutting-edge issues, such as financial technology, data aggregation, credit and prepaid cards, and marketplace lending.

James served as a senior enforcement attorney with the CFPB, where he coordinated with the FTC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, FDIC, Federal Communications Commission, and state attorneys general. He was lead counsel in the CFPB’s first enforcement actions involving mobile payments, and a member of an interdepartmental credit card/prepaid card/emerging payments issue team.

James is highly rated by Chambers USA, which uses client and peer feedback to list top attorneys in private practice. As one client told Chambers in 2021: “James is excellent. He came from the CFPB so he has the insider knowledge…He has a very strong background in enforcement and supervision matters, a very quick turnaround time and meets the deadline every single time.”

On June 28, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) launched a focused campaign to highlight what it describes as unlawful regulatory overreach by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) and, specifically, new CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “At every turn,” writes Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Counsel Daryl Joseffer, the CFPB is pushing

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) unveiled its UDAAP exam manual at the end of March 2022, announcing that it had decided to interpret the word “unfair” in Dodd-Frank to prohibit discrimination, even where specific statutes like the Equal Credit Opportunity Act do not apply, we expressed skepticism about the viability of

Please join Troutman Pepper Partners Kim Phan and James Kim as they discuss the firm’s expanded capabilities in the fintech world, recent compliance issues for fintech companies, the CFPB’s dormant authority to supervise certain nonbank entities and its potential impact on fintech companies, as well as the CFPB’s trend to name individuals in enforcement actions.

Kim Phan, a partner in the firm’s Privacy + Cybersecurity Practice Group, counsels fintech companies in federal and state privacy and data security statutes and regulations throughout product development, marketing, and implementation. Kim ranks high in Chambers and The Legal 500 for her privacy and data security work with fintech companies. As a partner in the Consumer Financial Services Practice Group, James Kim leverages his experience as a former CFPB senior enforcement attorney to provide the industry knowledge and expertise that fintechs and financial institutions require when launching new products or facing regulatory scrutiny. Chambers ranks James highly for his work in fintech and consumer finance enforcement and investigations.

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In a June 17 blog post, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) Director Rohit Chopra announced that the CFPB intends to “move away from highly complicated rules” in favor of “simpler and clearer rules.” As part of this effort, the CFPB will be “dramatically increasing the amount of guidance it is providing to

On May 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued an interpretive rule, describing states’ authorities to pursue companies and individuals that allegedly violate any of the federal consumer financial laws enforced by the CFPB.

CFPB Director Rohit Chopra described this action as “promoting state enforcement, not suffocating it.” It openly invites

On May 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that it will launch a new initiative to provide guidance to other agencies with consumer financial protection responsibilities on how the CFPB intends to enforce “Federal consumer financial law.” 12 U.S.C § 5481(14).

The CFPB will use Consumer Financial Protection Circulars, described

  • In its annual General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals, the U.S. Department of Treasury proposed clarifications and amendments to the Internal Revenue Code to address on-demand pay arrangements (also known as earned wage access or “EWA” programs).
  • The proposals would confirm, among other things, that EWA programs are not loans.
  • The proposals would also

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that it would begin invoking a provision in Dodd-Frank, previously used only infrequently, to conduct supervisory examinations over a greater number of nonbank financial companies that may “pose risks to consumers.”

Under Dodd-Frank, the CFPB has authority to examine three categories of nonbank

Troutman Pepper announced today that a nationally recognized consumer financial services group has joined the firm from Ballard Spahr in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City. The industry-leading group includes partners Christopher J. Willis, Mark J. Furletti, Jeremy T. Rosenblum, Stefanie H. Jackman, James Kim, Jason M. Cover