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James provides corporate and regulatory advice to our clients. He has substantial experience in the representation of public and private companies, including banks, neobanks, marketplace lenders, payments companies, crypto and DeFi companies, and other fintech and financial services providers in connection with formation, licensing, sponsorship and program agreements, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, joint ventures, and regulatory reporting and compliance.

On November 2, the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Financial Technology held a hearing titled, “Buy Now, Pay More Later? Investigating Risks and Benefits of BNPL and Other Emerging Fintech Cash Flow Products.” For the hearing, the task force invited both consumer advocates and industry tradespeople to address several products, including buy now,

On October 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a final rule (Final Rule), amending the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) as it applies to covered financial institutions. The Final Rule provides guidance on developing and implementing information security programs, such as access controls, authentication, and encryption. Notably,

On October 18, consumer advocate groups and 19 state attorneys general wrote comment letters, urging banking regulators to denounce “rent-a-bank” arrangements between financial institutions and fintechs or other third-party providers.

The consumer advocates and attorneys general both push regulators to address and denounce financial institutions partnering with nonbanks to engage in high-cost lending otherwise prohibited

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), a trade group of retail financial institutions, recently sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director, requesting increased supervision of financial technology companies (fintechs). On October 3, just three days after Rohit Chopra was confirmed as the next CFPB director, the CBA urged him to consider expanding

On August 27, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued “Conducting Due Diligence on Financial Technology Companies: A Guide for Community Banks.” While the guide is primarily intended to help community banks assess risks

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) of California entered a settlement agreement with Chime Financial, Inc. (Chime), a neobank company that is not licensed to operate as a bank or otherwise exempt from licensure, but works with banking partners to issue consumer banking products. The DFPI found that Chime potentially violated California Financial

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Predatory Loan Prevention Act (Act) into immediate effect on March 23. The Act imposes sweeping changes and contains broad language, leaving the state’s lenders and borrowers with an uncertain future.

To understand this new law, one must recognize that Illinois based the Act on the federal government’s Military

According to a recent announcement, Mastercard will begin providing customers with additional details about their purchases, such as the merchant’s name, logo, and location of purchase. Mastercard is inviting merchants to upload their logos to Ethoca, after which the logos will be linked to the corresponding transaction in digital banking applications. The service

In a final act of his tenure, Brian Brooks, the acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on January 14 finalized a rule to ensure “fair access to banking services provided by large national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign bank organizations.” Brooks announced that he would be stepping down from

November 9 – 13, 2020

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