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ADVISORY: Canada Designates Proud Boys a Terrorist Entity

Summary Canada has designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity, meaning that banks and other financial services providers will no longer be allowed to deal with or facilitate transactions concerning property controlled by the group. The restrictions will apply…

Ed O’Keefe to Serve as Moderator for ABCs of Banking Program

Moore & Van Allen (MVA) Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Ed O’Keefe will serve as the moderator for the panel titled, “Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Bank Health” during the Banking Institute Program which will take place March 18-19.  Ed’s…

The Future After Forbearance: What’s Next?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) requires lenders on all government-backed loans to provide forbearance agreements on residential loan payments for a period of 180 days to any borrower that requests relief and affirms they are…

Fall 2020 Brings Increased Regulatory Focus on Financial Institution Detection of Human Trafficking

On October 15, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of Treasury (FinCEN) released its Supplemental Advisory on Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking and Related Activity (Supplemental Advisory). The last time FinCEN provided guidance on identifying trafficking…

Modern Slavery Statement Guidance – Note to Financial Institutions

The United Kingdom Home Office has released guidance to companies that are required to make a public statement about human trafficking risks and prevention measures under the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015.  Organizations are to address the emerging risks…

Legislative and Bank Regulatory Actions to Assist Forbearance in a Pandemic World

By Kristina Whittaker and Ed O’Keefe.  For the last three weeks or so, the federal and state banking agencies, collectively and individually, have, with increasing urgency, called on financial institutions to meet the financial needs of customers impacted by the COVID-19. Congress…

A Time of Testing – What Lawyers Can Do

A black swan has arrived – the Pandemic of 2020 and with it a bear market. As with previous black swan events, experts and leaders are in learning mode, with the facts and events evolving hourly. As my financial advisor…

Meeks and O’Keefe Article, “Pursuit of a Regulatory Practice Dream: The Story of 2 Powerhouse Bank GCs Uniting,” published by Corporate Counsel

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Members Barbara Meeks and Ed O’Keefe’s article titled, “Pursuit of a Regulatory Practice Dream: The Story of 2 Powerhouse Bank GCs Uniting,” was published by Corporate Counsel on July 26, 2019. In the article,…

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The Time Is Now to Prepare for Congressional Inquiries from a Democrat-Led House

The article titled “The Time Is Now to Prepare for Congressional Inquiries from a Democrat-Led House,” written by Charlotte Members Neil Bloomfield and Edward O’Keefe, and Associate Elena Mitchell, was published and first appeared in the March 4, 2019 edition of Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability.   The Article At the start of a … Continue reading