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2019 Fintech Legal and Regulatory Discussion

You’re Invited – Join the Atlanta Chapter of the BayPay Forum on February 19 for a 2019 Fintech Legal and Regulatory Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, February 19, from 6-8:30 pm, the Atlanta chapter of the BayPay Forum will meet at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s offices in Midtown Atlanta for a networking reception and panel discussion on the state of fintech regulation.

Start 2019 on solid footing with an engaging panel discussion reflecting on regulatory responses to faster payments, open banking/APIs, blockchain applications and ICOs, and other innovations.  Panelists will include Dick Fraher, Vice President and Counsel to the Retail Payments Office at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; C. Ryan Germany, General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of Securities & Charities, Office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger; Ben Robey, BSA/AML Compliance Specialist at MSB Compliance, Inc.; and Ken Achenbach, Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.  The panel will be moderated by Barry Hester, Counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.  Details and free registration are available here using the passcode BRYANCAVE. 

Participants will take away product and service design implications and a better understanding of the consumer protection, safety and soundness, jurisdictional, other policy issues at play.  Discussion will address, among other issues:

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S Corp Workshop

S Corp Workshop

May 2, 2018

Authored by: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

On Monday, May 14, 2018, we will be hosting, with our friends at Porter Keadle Moore, LLC and FIG Partners, an S Corp Workshop exploring issues affecting S Corp banks following adoption of the Jobs and Tax Cuts Act.

Operating as an S Corp has historically been an appealing choice for many financial institutions that have the flexibility to be taxed in a variety of ways. In light of the recent tax reform, however, an S Corp structure may not be as beneficial as it has traditionally been in the past. Whether you’re an existing S Corp considering converting, or just want to learn more about key decision points, join us as we take a deeper dive into the mechanics and calculations as well as discuss case studies on how using this election can help you thrive in today’s dynamic business environment.

Monday, May 14
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor
1201 W. Peachtree St., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Click here for Agenda.

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Webinar: What In-House Counsel Should Know About Data Privacy and Data Security Issues in Big Data

March 12, 2015
Noon EDT


The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with the ability to rapidly analyze large volumes of data to predict outcomes and draw other insights. Big Data has grown exponentially as the insights reaped from data analysis have become crucial to the success of many companies. With this growth have come a number of data security and data privacy considerations and requirements for companies involved with big data. Join Jason Haislmaier of Bryan Cave LLP for a discussion of these considerations and requirements, including established and emerging legal standards, regulatory requirements, and best practices for data privacy and data security in a “Big Data” world.


Jason D. Haislmaier, Esq. is a partner in the Boulder, CO office of Bryan Cave LLP. Mr. Haislmaier represents emerging and established companies in technology and intellectual property transactions, with an emphasis on developing strategies for protecting, managing, and commercializing technology and intellectual property assets. He has developed a special area of expertise involving open source software licensing and compliance and works with clients in the U.S. and abroad to develop and implement open source software license compliance strategies. Mr. Haislmaier, who frequently lectures on topics involving open source software, cloud computing and other areas of intellectual property, is currently the Board Chair of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Information Technology, and he has been recognized in Colorado Super Lawyers, 2011–2013 and The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

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Financial Institutions Stock Liquidity Conference

May 4, 2015 – May 5, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
181 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA  30303

Sponsor(s):  Hosted by Bryan Cave LLP, OTC Markets Group, Banks Street Partners, and Stock Cross Financial Services

Conference Description
We are pleased to announce the inaugural Financial Institutions Stock Liquidity Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference will begin with a cocktail reception on Monday evening, May 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the College Football Hall of Fame, where interactive and personalized tours will be offered to conference attendees.  The conference will continue on Tuesday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with a full day of presentations and panel discussions that will explore the universe of liquidity options available to financial institutions and opportunities to access the capital markets.

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TruPS on Your Mind? Let’s Talk About It on August 6th.

We are receiving quite a few calls regarding the recent activity surrounding trust preferred securities, including voluntary and involuntary bankruptcies, restructurings, acquisition opportunities, and potential personal liability of directors.  Given this level of interest, Bryan Cave attorneys will be presenting at the Georgia Bankers Association Trust Preferred Town Hall Meeting in Macon, Georgia on August 6, 2014.  A flyer and agenda for the event is linked here, and you can register by clicking here.  The town hall format of the event will allow for interaction with the presenters and with the other attendees.  We will share ideas that will benefit those who are looking for alternatives to work out their trust preferred obligations, those who hold trust preferred securities, and those looking to better understand the landscape to take advantage of opportunities.  We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity.

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2014 Subchapter S Bank Forum

Join Bryan Cave LLP and Porter Keadle Moore on Tuesday, May 20 for the 2014 Subchapter S Bank Forum as we discuss how community banks can make the most of the tax benefits associated with S Corporation status. With all of the added pressure on today’s community banks, we will discuss how to deliver results to your shareholders as a high performing independent bank using an S Corporation structure. We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to register.

DATE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Registration at 8:15 a.m.

Bryan Cave Atlanta Office
1201 West Peachtree Street, NW | One Atlantic Center
Fourteenth Floor | Atlanta, GA 30309

COST: $125 per person | $75 for each additional person from same institution

CPE: Earn 6 hours of CPE (4 General and 2 Tax)

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ReVeal, Rinearson, Simon to Speak at Money2020 Expo

DC Partner John ReVeal, New York Partner Judith Rinearson and Santa Monica Partner Brette Simon will provide insight at the Money2020 Expo. The conference promises to bring together a global community of innovators in payments and financial services with 400-plus speakers spanning more than 100 sessions and workshops. More than 4,000 attendees are expected.

October 6, 2013 – October 10, 2013
Aria Resort and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

On Oct. 6, ReVeal will moderate a panel on the risks and rewards of credit-based emerging payment products. In addition to discussing what people need to know when launching or distributing credit-based products, this panel will address the current consumer group and regulatory pressure to restrict or prohibit credit as part of emerging payments and financial services solutions.

Later in the afternoon, Rinearson will moderate the panel “Money Transmitter Licensing: Kafka Revisited,” which will offer insight on how to manage the ambiguities of state money transmitter licensing laws.

Simon then will join a panel on how to prepare in advance of raising capital from institutional investors. Topics will include getting your legal and business house in order to maximize value upon a capital raise and avoid the “10% valuation haircut;” due diligence and the risks of having the wrong investors; and structuring investment to avoid “change of control” regulatory issues.

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The Ability-to-Repay Roadmap for ARMs, Balloon-Payment Qualified Mortgages, & Non-standard Mortgage Refinances

Community bank lenders have responded to the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage rules with questions about adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), balloon-payment qualified mortgages, and non-standard mortgage refinances.  The CFPB’s implementation of Dodd-Frank’s balloon-payment qualified mortgage concept, for example, turns on a narrow definition of the types of lenders that qualify to make such loans.  ARMs may be a viable alternative to balloon mortgages, but these loan products pose compliance and operational risks of their own.  Finally, lenders may still be considering the types of transactions that qualify for the special “non-standard mortgage” refinancing exemption from the general Ability-to-Pay rule.

For a uniquely focused discussion on making these types of loans in light of the CFPB’s new mortgage regulations, join attorneys John ReVeal and Barry Hester for the latest installment of Bryan Cave’s webinar partnership with compliance training leader BAI Learning & Development.  This free presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 3-4 pm Eastern.  More information and registration are available here.  Participants should walk away with a solid roadmap for managing existing portfolio balloons and ARMs now and for originating these types of mortgages once the CFPB’s rules take effect in 2014.

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S-Corp Conference on May 21, 2013


Strategies to help maximize shareholder returns through an S-Corp structure.

Please make plans now to join your peers for a one-day conference focused on why a Subchapter S strategy may be perfect for your bank in our new economic and regulatory environment. Spend the day with industry experts discussing how Subchapter S status may help your institution navigate the new world of banking with deleveraged balance sheets and slower growth models. Whether your bank is an S-Corp or considering converting to an S-Corp, various strategies to help maximize shareholder returns through an S-Corp structure will be discussed. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind conference designed specifically for community bankers! To register for this important conference, click here or contact Jodi@cbaofga.com.

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Bryan Cave Hosts ACAMS Atlanta Chapter Event on Digital Currencies

Bryan Cave is hosting the CPE and general membership meeting for the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists on Thursday, April 25 2013, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The event’s presentation is “Digital Currencies, Third Party Payment Processing, Oh My!” featuring Anthony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO of BitPay.

All AML/CTF professionals in the region are welcome to attend.

June 7, 2012
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Fourteenth Floor
1201 W. Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Parking is available at 14th Street and West Peachtree St.
$4 cash and cards accepted

Free for Chapter Members; $20 for Non-Chapter Members


Bitcoin and other digital currencies are gaining traction in the marketplace against traditional fiat and specie currencies.  Current economic conditions have led many average citizens to exploring potential ways to secure earnings from government devaluation.  Criminals continue exploring ways to launder proceeds while reducing risk of detection.  And businesses cry out for less expensive means of receiving payments which are less susceptible to fraud.  Learn the facts about the history, growth and benefits of bitcoin.  Explore potential risks involved in accepting and using bitcoin and/or in providing financial services to those that do.  Learn too about bitcoin payment processing pioneer BitPay, its take on the future of digital currencies and payment processing, and FinCEN’s recent Guidance on Virtual Currencies and Regulatory Responsibilities.

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