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Media Mentions – April 25, 2014

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news. Recent mentions of Financial Institutions group attorneys include:

Rinearson in AFP Exchange

New York Partner Judith Rinearson authored an article on the future of bitcoin and virtual currency for the April edition of AFP Exchange magazine, by the Association for Financial Professionals. Her article was part of the publication’s annual payments issue. “Can virtual currencies be regulated in a manner that protects consumers, merchants, our payment systems and national security, while at the same time not ‘killing the golden goose’ through overly burdensome or unfeasible regulatory requirements?” Rinearson wrote. “I believe the answer is yes….However, such regulation should be imposed with a light hand and reasonable steps must be taken quickly.”

Shumaker in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor

Atlanta Associate Michael Shumaker was quoted extensively April 14 by the Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor concerning top misconceptions in vendor management. After all the talk from regulators over the growing risks and expectations of managing third-party relationships, some banks still seem to think the guidance does not apply to them. “Probably the most important thing for banks to recognize is that things have changed, and that the regulatory expectations of banks with respect to the integration of risk associated with vendor contracts, those expectations have changed,” Shumaker said. “You can outsource the activity, but you cannot outsource the risk. Banks need to recognize that having a vendor conduct the activity does not change their obligation to manage the risk of the activity.”

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Media Mentions – February 28, 2014

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent mentions of Financial Institutions group attorneys include:

BankBryanCave.com in Banking and Finance Law Daily

Three recent blog posts from BankBryanCave.com were prominently featured Feb. 13 in Banking and Finance Law Daily. The publication’s “Blog Tracker” column, which highlights the week’s “most insightful, intriguing or entertaining blog posts from the banking and financial services community,” included our recent posts “Will 2014 be the year of UDAP and UDAAP?” by DC Partner John ReVeal and Associate Seyi Iwarere; “Should your bank do business with Bitcoin?” by DC Associate Courtney Stolz; and “Five practical tips to manage your vendor risk…,” by Atlanta Associate Karen Neely Louis  Click the post titles to read more.

Klingler in American Banker

Atlanta Partner Rob Klingler was quoted Jan. 28 by American Banker concerning Broadway Financial, which has struggled in recent years but managed to restructure its debt and recapitalize by bringing together the federal government, private equity, nonprofits and local banks. Today, the U.S. Treasury owns 52 percent of Broadway, or about $8.8 million in common stock. Broadway is one of five companies with common stock held by the Treasury as a result of a Tarp exchange, and is the only one majority owned by the government. Klingler said the Treasury typically moves quickly to cash out of such holdings. He said the stake is unlikely to scare off investors (the Treasury has vowed to be hands-off and vote along with the majority) but the government could have trouble finding investors to buy such a large block of shares.

Shumaker in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor

Atlanta Associate Michael Shumaker was quoted at length in two front-page articles Feb. 17 in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor concerning third-party vendor risk. Regulators are pushing for higher third-party due diligence standards, particularly the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which now requires banks to manage what it calls the full “life cycle” of a vendor relationship. “The regulators’ expectations are on a sliding scale,” Shumaker said. “The level and depth of risk management and vendor management for a $50 billion bank is not going to be expected necessarily for a $100 million bank.” A small community bank, he explained, may only have one or two material contracts that it needs to be on top of, such as for data processing and a credit or prepaid card program. Still, he said, having a “rational and structured” approach for entering those contracts not only keeps regulators happy but makes business sense.

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Media Mentions – March 29, 2013

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent Media Mentions of Financial Institutions Group attorneys include:

BankBryanCave in GBA e-Bulletin

BankBryanCave post concerning a potential new wave of ATM class actions in Georgia was featured in the March 8 edition of the GBA e-Bulletin, from the Georgia Bankers Association. The suit against Branch Banking and Trust Company in federal court in Atlanta alleges that two of the bank’s ATMs did not meet the accessibility features mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Click here to read the GBA summary of the topic, which links to our original March 6 post written by Atlanta Partners Jennifer Dempsey and Bill Custer.

Linda Odom and Courtney Stolz in Bank Director

DC attorneys Linda Odom and  Courtney Stolz authored an article March 29 in Bank Director regarding steps the Federal Trade Commission has taken to push for more unified mobile payments regulation. “For banks interested in mobile banking, its actions and publications are very instructive,” they wrote. “Over the last two years, the FTC’s actions include: bringing law enforcement actions, obtaining high-profile settlements with Google and Facebook and issuing policy reports for mobile businesses and policymakers. Although financial institutions are not directly regulated by the FTC in this area, the FTC does regulate all other mobile providers including merchants, payment card networks and payment processors.”  Click here to read the full article. The two also authored an article for Bank Director on proposed guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council to help banks manage their social media risks. “Social media has become ubiquitous and many banks are wondering if they can survive without a trendy presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and in the ‘blogosphere,’ ” they wrote. “It is a bit of the Wild West out there though, with few rules in place to protect your message.” Click here to read the full article.

Judith Rinearson on Reg Watch

New York Partner Judith Rinearson was quoted March 28 on The Hill’s regulation blog, Reg Watch, regarding new regulations aimed at stopping the use of prepaid credit cards to launder money across the border. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network within the Treasury Department has been working on rules since 2011 that would require travelers to tell customs officials if they are carrying more than $10,000 on the cards. (Travelers currently must declare only cash and travelers checks above that amount.) “Nobody takes your ATM card to find out what’s in your bank account when you go through customs,” Rinearson said. “If you’ve got a huge line of credit on your credit card – no one asks to see it. Why should prepaid cards be any different?”  Click here to read the full article.

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Durbin Amendment Webinar

Final interchange regulations under the Durbin Amendment of the Dodd Frank Act will go into effect October 1, changing the rules for interchange transaction fees.  The Bryan Cave Payments team will present a live webinar and Q&A session on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT explaining what the new interchange and routing rules mean for the prepaid industry and how to comply.

The Durbin Amendment:

What Does the Final Ruling Mean for Prepaid?

You can register for free online. Attendees are encouraged to submit in advance and without attribution, any questions they would like addressed during the webinar.  Please enter your questions when you register.

The Webinar will be presented by Judie Rinearson (Bryan Cave – New York), Linda Odom (Bryan Cave – Washington, D.C.) and Courtney Stolz (Bryan Cave – Washington, D.C.).

CLE credit for this webinar will be available for attendees in California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Virginia.

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