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Webinar on Eliminating Bank Holding Companies

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Atlanta Partner, Robert Klingler, will be presenting a webinar on the Pros and Cons of Bank Holding Companies.  The webinar is hosted by Strafford and will begin 1:00pm Eastern on October 12, 2017.

In April of this year, Bank of the Ozarks, a $20 Billion, NASDAQ-listed, bank holding company, announced its plan to eliminate its holding company, which was completed in June.  In July, BancorpSouth, a $15 billion, NYSE-listed, bank holding company, announced its plan to eliminate its holding company.  With the inclusion of BancorpSouth Bank, only four of the 115 banks with more than $10 billion in assets don’t have a holding company; but that number has doubled in the last six months.

With Jonathan Hightower, Rob previously addressed many of these issues on The Bank Account podcast episode in which they addressed the question “Do Banks Need a Bank Holding Company?

Eliminating a holding company can often be done without limiting the permissible activities of the organization, with the potential for reduced regulatory oversight, simplified financial reporting, and consolidated governance.  However, the holding company structure can also offer significant capital flexibility, particularly for institutions under $15 billion with trust preferred securities or institutions under $1 billion that can take advantage of the Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement.   Depending on the status of the applicable banking statutes, a holding company structure can also provide significant corporate governance benefits, including facilitating stock repurchases and avoiding super-majority voting thresholds for certain transactions.

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Payments Team Presents on 2012 Year in Review


The Bryan Cave Payments Team recently held a webinar providing an overview of major legal and regulatory events impacting both open and closed looped credit cards and other emerging payments.

Topics included a review of key Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activities for prepaid and payments; new regulatory concerns and open issues for 2013 from FinCEN on anti-money laundering issues; an update on FinCen’s cross-border reporting regulation for prepaid cards; an update on the “Durbin Amendment,” including effective dates on routing restrictions; a 2012 bank regulatory overview; recent trends in social media, mobile products, E-sign and PCI DSS in privacy and data security; and new developments in retail and reward cards, including abandoned property and consumer protection issues.

Presenters included Judith Rinearson (New York), John ReVeal (Washington, D.C.), Linda Odom (Washington, D.C.), Kristine Andreassen (Washington, D.C.) and Margo Strahlberg (Chicago). The full presentation is available online, and the slides themselves are also available online.

Bryan Cave’s Prepaid and Emerging Payments Team provides legal counsel and advice on a broad range of payment-related issues including prepaid and stored value, mobile and contactless payments, bank regulatory compliance, money services business (MSB) compliance, electronic wallets and P2P payments, anti-money laundering compliance, bill payment, overdraft and lines of credit, retail gift cards, abandoned property, money transmitter licensing, privacy and data security, patents and intellectual property and litigation strategy and defense.

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Klingler and Wheeler to Present on the JOBS Act

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, the SEC is meeting to consider rules to implement a critical component of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act).  Specifically, the Commission will be considering rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in securities offerings conducted pursuant to Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act and Rule 144A under the Securities Act, as mandated by Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act.

On Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:00pm Pacific time, Partners Robert Klingler and Dan Wheeler will be presenting a webinar for the Western Independent Bankers on the impact of the JOBS Act on community banks. The title of the webinar is “Capital Relief and New Opportunities: The Impact of the JOBS Act on Community Banks.”

In a time of ever increasing regulation, Congress passed the JOBS Act in April 2012, a significant piece of deregulation of the federal securities laws.  Public and private offerings are both impacted, and likely to be permanently changed.  New flexibility has been introduced relaxing reporting requirements and allowing community banks to raise capital more easily.

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Prepaid & Emerging Payments Year in Review

Looking back at 2011, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST, the Bryan Cave Payments Team has prepared a “Prepaid Card in Reviewwebinar for Bryan Cave clients and friends.  In addition to an overview of major legal and regulatory events impacting both open and closed loop cards, the Team will offer their views on likely future developments.

We will provide an overview of major legal and regulatory events impacting both open and closed loop cards and other emerging payments, including:

  • The “Durbin Amendment” and the subsequent FAQs from the Fed
  • Prepaid Access AML regulations
  • The CFPB – Current activity and the recess appointment of Richard Cordray
  • Abandoned Property – the implications of the New Jersey abandoned property legislation and the recent Third Circuit Opinion
  • Consumer Protection Laws – Life after the CARD Act.
  • Remote Deposit Capture – Check Cashing or Deposit Taking?  Current Views.
  • Preemption post Dodd-Frank – recent decisions.  Is preemption “dead”?
  • Money Transmitter Licensing – Why so many new payment companies are getting licensed: The pros, the cons, and the risks.
  • Privacy and Data Security – Are Prepaid & Emerging Payments riskier or safer than traditional payment products?
  • Mergers & Acquisitions in the Payments Area – Risks and rewards from acquisitions of licensed money transmitters.

The slides for this webinar are now online.

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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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