Thought Leadership

Rock Around the Block: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Transaction and Regulatory Updates for 2021

It’s already been an epic year for blockchain, and it’s only March.

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Fintech Year in Review—2020

As we prepare to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, many of us will not have fond memories of the year.

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SEC Makes Key Changes to Accredited Investor Definition

In its Final Rule issued on August 26, 2020, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expanded the group of individuals and entities permitted to invest in private securities by amending the definitions of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer.”

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Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Issues for Small-Business Lending Under the CARES Act

With many banks and credit unions electing to limit Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to existing customers, many nonbank lenders are scrambling to fill the gap and take part in the $349 billion program prior to the end of the application period on June 30, 2020.

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An Updated Practical Guide for Small Businesses to Obtain a Paycheck Protection Loan Under CARES Act

On April 2, 2020 and April 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued unusual interim final rules (the Rules) providing further detail regarding Paycheck Protection Program loans under the CARES Act. The Rules will take effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

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FDIC Offers De Novo Guidance for Nontraditional Applicants

In an attempt to help non-banks and fintechs understand the de novo application process, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released new materials, including a supplement to its Deposit Insurance Application Procedures Manual (the Supplement) that describes special considerations and procedures for unique or complex proposals, such as those submitted by nontraditional...

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CSBS Reports On Progress in Implementing Vision 2020

What progress has the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) made in implementing the 2019 recommendations of the Fintech Industry Advisory Panel (the “Advisory Panel”) related to Vision 2020, its bold approach to modernizing and streamlining the state licensing and supervision of fintech companies?

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Manatt Fintech: What to Expect in 2020

Manatt Financial Services partners Brian Korn and Neil Faden as well as associates Benjamin Brickner and June Kim authored an article for Lend Academy on the fintech ecosystem. The article provides@an overview of the fintech industry in 2019 as well as things to watch in 2020, including:OCC Fintech charters;securitization issues;the impact of a potential recession;upstream capital credit...

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Manatt Fintech: What to Expect in 2020

Taking a break after eight brisk years of regulatory and litigious turbulence, the world of fintech and marketplace lending in 2019 was notable for being more business as usual, or what some might call a “ho hum” year of upward growth.

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CSBS Seeks Comment on Model Law for Money Services Businesses

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has proposed legislation for adoption by the states in an effort to streamline and make uniform requirements for money service businesses (MSBs).

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