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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a proposal consisting of (i) revisions to its Policy on No-Action Letters — which was finalized in February 2016 (“2016 Policy”) — designed to increase interest in applying for no-action letters (“NALs”) under the 2016 Policy; and (ii) the creation of a CFPB Product Sandbox (collectively, the “Proposal”). The Proposal was issued by the CFPB, among other reasons, to spur innovation in the fintech sector. Comments on the…
On July 31, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued a news release announcing that it will begin accepting special purpose national bank (“SPNB”) charter applications from fintech companies that do not take deposits but are engaged in the business of lending money or paying checks (including the modern equivalent thereof, which the OCC suggests includes issuing debit cards or otherwise facilitating payments electronically). The OCC’s decision was announced shortly after the…