In the first of a four-part Crypto Year in Review series, Carlin McCrory, Keith Barnett, and Ethan Ostroff look at how the CFPB and FTC viewed and regulated cryptocurrency in 2022. The panel examines statements by CFPB Director Rohit Chopra and recent CFPB and FTC enforcement actions, identifying likely regulatory trends for 2023 and beyond.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper attorney Carlin McCrory welcomes Disputes, Compliance and Investigations Managing Director Terri Sands from Stout to discuss the risks and regulatory scrutiny that financial institutions and fintechs face as to fraud and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). In her position, Terri serves as a leader in the payments, BSA/AML, and OFAC/Sanctions and fraud and risk management areas.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partners Ethan Ostroff and Keith Barnett welcome their colleague Jay Dubow to discuss recent updates in the crypto space related to activities by regulators on the state and federal level around questions involving securities. Jay, who formerly worked as a branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, provides a unique perspective and insight into our conversation surrounding crypto and the SEC.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Kalama Lui-Kwan welcomes back Keith Barnett and Carlin McCrory to discuss recent interviews by Rohit Chopra from the CFPB related to consumer protection issues, true lender matters, actions against repeat offenders, as well as P2P platforms and the CFPB’s stance on fees.

Keith and Carlin also discuss a recent report released by the CFPB, The Convergence of Payments and Commerce: Implications for Consumers, that examines the challenges in new product categories and risks to consumers inherent in the evolving payment ecosystem. 

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Keith Barnett welcomes his colleague Deborah Kovsky-Apap to discuss various bankruptcy issues facing crypto exchanges, including who exactly owns the digital assets when an exchange files for bankruptcy. Additionally, Keith and Deborah explore bankruptcy eligibility for crypto exchanges and security interests in crypto.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes James Stevens to examine recent crypto-related activities by banking regulators. Ethan and James discuss the regulators that interact with banks and financial institutions and their regulation of crypto activities, including the lack of consistency and its impact on the banks and financial institutions.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Kalama Lui-Kwan welcomes back Keith Barnett and Carlin McCrory to discuss consumer protection under Regulation E and a recent letter from democratic senators, urging the CFPB to hold banks liable for consumer losses when the consumers provide alleged fraudsters with access to their own accounts through payment apps. Keith and Carlin examine the senators’ concerns, as well as how any potential changes that the CFPB makes could impact financial institutions significantly.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper attorneys Keith Barnett and Carlin McCrory welcome Marsha Jones from the Third Party Payment Processors Association to discuss a portion the ENABLERS Act, which proposes to update federal anti-money laundering laws to include payment processors within the definition of “financial institution.” The ENABLERS Act is co-sponsored by Representatives Joe Wilson (R-SC), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Richard Hudson (R-NC). Keith, Carlin, and Marsha discuss the significant ramifications that the ENABLERS Act will have on payments processors if it is passed. This is a must listen for payment processors, banks, and money transmitters!

In second episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes back Keith Barnett and Carlin McCrory to discuss opinions released over the past year involving money transmission and the Money Transmission Act and how they impact stakeholders in the digital asset and payment spaces.