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|Forex Probe Results in Fines, but Investigation Not Over Yet|
Michael Dodson; Burr & Forman LLP;
November 25, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014The American Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced fines of $3.4 billion against five global banks on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. The five banks were UBS ($799 million),...
|International Payment Cards Processing: From Russia with Love|
John Stansfield, Andrei Strijak, Timothy Stubbs; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 18, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014Amendments to the NPS Law, which entered into force 23 October 2014, would significantly affect further development of the Russian payment infrastructure. In fact they require international payment cards to be processed locally and aim to cement the role of the National Payment Card System as the...
|Foreclosure Does Not Preclude Filing a Lawsuit on the Underlying Note|
Andrew C. Voorhees; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014Any creditor that obtains a mortgage on property pursuant to a note or some other debt instrument will inevitably have to use the legal process to enforce the instrument. The initial strategy decision is whether to foreclose on the secured property, file a complaint for monetary damages on the...
|Examining the Effect of the Final Dodd-Frank Credit Risk Retention Rule Upon the Student Loan Finance Industry|
Stephen S. Kudenholdt, Robert B. Olin, Lauris G.L. Rall; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014The Dodd-Frank Act’s required credit risk retention rules were finalized and adopted by US regulators this week. Below are certain excerpts from the adopting release and from the final rule regarding credit risk retention in student loan securitizations. Essentially, the specific rules...
|Clearing Becoming Clearer: ESMA Publishes Final Draft RTS on Interest Rate Derivatives and Consultation Paper on FX|
Rosali Pretorius; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014ESMA published two documents on 1 October 2014 as the implementation of mandatory clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives gathers pace.
|Consumer Finance Update: New Ginnie Mae minimum net worth, liquidity and demonstrated participation Requirements for Issuers approved for certain Ginnie Mae programs|
John Holahan, Richard Horn, Matthew S. Yoon; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014Ginnie Mae has announced several new requirements in response to the continued transformation of the housing market and the growing number of entities that are granted Issuer approval, yet fail to actively participate in a Ginnie Mae MBS program. In the new year, Ginnie Mae will (1) adjust its...
|Eurasian Economic Union|
Victoria Simonova; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014On 29 May 2014, the presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus signed an agreement (the "Treaty") in Astana on the Eurasian Economic Union (the "EaEU" or the "Union"). The Treaty will enter force on 1 January 2015. According to the Treaty, the Union is an...
|Visa and MasterCard Voluntarily Commit to Reduce their Credit Card Fees|
Susan Kacaba, Anna I. MacMillan; Davis LLP;
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014On November 4, 2014, Canada’s Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver, announced that Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard Canada, Inc. had submitted separate and individual voluntary proposals to reduce their net consumer credit card interchange rates to an average effective rate of 1.50% for a...
|IRS Issues Audit Directive on Worthless Debt Deductions for Banks and Bank Affiliates: LBI Directs Its Auditors Not to Challenge Certain Worthless Debt Deductions|
Judith R. Fiorini, Donald L. Korb, Andrew S. Mason, Eric S. Wang; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014The Large Business and International Division (“LBI”) at the IRS issued an audit directive (the “Directive”) to its revenue agents relating to bad debt deductions claimed by banks and regulated bank affiliates. The Directive clarifies the application of the presumption rules...
|Bank Capital Plans and Stress Tests: Federal Reserve Approves Final Rule Amending Certain Aspects of Existing Capital Plan and Stress Test Rules|
Whitney A. Chatterjee, H. Rodgin Cohen, Elizabeth T. Davy, Mitchell S. Eitel, Michael T. Escue; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014Last Friday, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System approved a final rule (the “Final Rule”) amending certain aspects of the existing capital plan (the “Capital Plan Rule”) and stress test rules (the “Stress Test Rules”) applicable to bank holding...