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Greenberg Traurig’s Koichiro Ohashi to Speak About Fintech in Connection to Luxembourg and Japan

Koichiro Ohashi, shareholder in the Tokyo office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will participate in a program titled, “A taste of FinTech From 2 Angles … and 2 Sides of The World” on March 14 in Luxembourg. The discussion will address the challenges and opportunities of Fintech in Luxembourg and Japan.… Continue Reading

NY Governor’s Proposed Budget Forecasts Increased Regulation of Fintech

In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo advanced changes to the New York Banking Law that would give the Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) increased licensing authority over online and marketplace lenders.[1] The proposed budget would prohibit any entity from engaging in the business of making loans in … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board’s Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs Issued Their First Research Paper on Blockchain Technology

Last month, the Federal Reserve Board’s Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs issued their first research paper on blockchain technology, entitled “Distributed Ledger Technology in Payments, Clearing, and Settlement.” The Report identifies both the opportunities and challenges entailed in widespread adoption of distributed ledger technology. The Report suggests that blockchain technology has the … Continue Reading

SEC Convenes Fintech Forum

On Nov. 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted an all-day forum on FinTech ( Forum).  The event highlighted the active role the SEC intends to take in monitoring and regulating technological innovation based upon the potential impact of innovation on investors and capital markets. In her remarks to Forum attendees, SEC Chair … Continue Reading

OCC Consideration of Special Purpose Fintech Charters Draws Rapid Reaction for State Banking Regulators

On Dec. 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a preliminary proposal to create a national bank charter for financial technology companies (fintech). The OCC’s rationale in support of the proposal was that such a charter could promote the safety and soundness of fintech institutions, bring greater legal and regulatory … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Viola Bensinger, Henrik Armah, Joey Shabot and Carsten Kociok to Present on Fintech, Nov. 23

Greenberg Traurig and Herzog Fox & Neeman LLP are pleased to co-host a program titled “Emerging Technology Briefing: Fintech Evolution in Germany and Israel” on Nov. 23, from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. GT attorneys, Viola Bensinger, Henrik Armah, Joey Shabot and Carsten Kociok, will participate in this timely program. Information will be provided on the … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Hosts the Program ‘Emerging Issues in Banking, Consumer Finance, and FinTech Litigation’

On Oct. 25, please join Greenberg Traurig’s Class Action Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice Groups in the presentation titled “Emerging Issues in Banking, Consumer Finance, and FinTech Litigation” in our Silicon Valley Office or via Webinar. While the finance capitals of the world have traditionally been in places like New York, London, and … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Koichiro Ohashi, Lori Nugent, and Jonathan Beckham to Participate in the ACCA and FIAJ Seminar on Cloud Computing Services Usage by the Financial Services Industry

Greenberg Traurig is proud to host and participate in the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Futures Industry Association of Japan (FIAJ) program “Cloud Computing Services Usage by the Financial Services Industry – Business Models and Regulatory Approach” in the GT Tokyo office on Nov. 1, 2016. GT Shareholders Koichiro Ohashi and Lori Nugent … Continue Reading

OCC Lays Groundwork for National Fintech Charters

Recently, the OCC has begun to lay the groundwork for future national fintech charters, relying on an existing federal law which grants the OCC receivership powers over non-depositary financial institutions, which would permit the OCC to grant charters to fintech companies without their having to obtain insurance from the FDIC. In a release issued on … Continue Reading

Davos Report Envisions Blockchain Technology as Central to Global Banking

On Aug. 12, 2016, the World Economic Forum in Davos issued a report that predicts that distributive ledger systems, or blockchains, could enable banks to offer cheaper, faster and more secure services, without using bitcoin or other virtual currencies for transactions, according to the New York Times.  Distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, is a system … Continue Reading

FSOC Report Targets Marketplace Lending

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) issued its annual report at the end of June, the sixth since the FSOC began issuing reports under Dodd-Frank.  Notably, however, this was the first report to address the emergence of Fintech.  In particular, the FSOC highlighted distributed ledger systems and marketplace lending as developing sources of concern.  The … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Co-Sponsored Atlanta-Israel Fintech Innovation Conference

Greenberg Traurig co-sponsored a unique event bringing together leading fintech companies from Atlanta and Israel. Led by Atlanta shareholder, David Schulman, the event was aimed to match Atlanta-based international fintech corporations with cutting-edge Israeli technology companies in the field, including companies that offer card processing, electronic billing, and multi-channel solutions to the banking industry, as … Continue Reading

OCC Forum on Responsible Innovation

On June 23, 2016 the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) hosted the Forum on Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of industry stakeholders gathered to discuss “Responsible Innovation,” fintech, and the role of the OCC in regulating the financial industry as it evolves.  The forum addressed reaction … Continue Reading

Early Signs on Fintech from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

There is no doubt that the regulation of financial technology (fintech) companies is on the rise. Fintech companies broadly mean companies that provide products, services and technology where traditional banking and financial services leave off and technology takes off. Though all of the federal banking agencies and other agencies will play a vital role in … Continue Reading

FinTech Companies Should Be Wary of Potential Sales Tax

As shown in a recent Texas case involving a financial technology (FinTech) business, the rapid advance of online professional services is colliding with states that impose sales tax on cloud computing or data processing. With limited exceptions, states generally do not impose sales tax on most professional services; however, some states are casting their nets … Continue Reading

Nonbank Fintech: Regulatory Uncertainty as Innovation Flourishes

At the end of March, the OCC issued a whitepaper setting out the principles that it will use to guide the development of a framework to analyze innovations in the banking sector of financial technology, or “fintech” for short.  The paper defined and encouraged “responsible innovation,” and discussed both benefits and risks arising from the … Continue Reading
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