June 30, 2012

Inside Business Law

Focus on Banking Law

  • Leading enforcement attorneys from the federal banking agencies describe their views regarding enforcement actions they are issuing and lawsuits they are filing against banks and their institution-affiliated parties in these materials from the 2012 Spring Meeting. The materials also cover strategies used by prominent banking attorneys to defend their clients against these actions and lawsuits, regardless of the hand that they are dealt. “Dealing with Enforcement Actions and Insider Liability” 
  • Learn about the Federal Stability Oversight Counsel (FSOC), Systematically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs), and the expanded role of the Federal Reserve in these information materials. “Dodd-Frank’s New Guys in Town: FSOC, SIFIs and the Expanded Fed” 
  • Social media has created a host of new issues for financial service providers. These materials explore these new issues, including the dangers of social media to financial service providers and best practices for using social media to promote and develop products. “Maps to the Social Media Minefield Part II: How Financial Service Providers Get a Winning Hand by Addressing Legal, Reputational and Regulatory Risks”
  • These helpful materials address the challenges for financial institutions facing anti-money laundering (AML) and economic sanctions compliance challenges. Topics include regulatory expectations for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/AML compliance, recent developments in Iranian economic sanctions, recent developments in BSA/AML compliance, and use of BSA-related data by law enforcement. “Phoenix Rising? Financial Institutions Continue to Face AML and Economic Sanctions Compliance Challenges Description” 
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), established by the Dodd-Frank Act, has been in operations for nearly one year. For a comprehensive overview of the CFPB’s first year and expectations for the coming year, read these materials. “The CFPB at One Year: Experiences and Exposures”  

For the Young Business Lawyer: Making Connections

Do you rely on electronic communications too much for connecting with colleagues and clients? Too often it seems that many of us rely more and more on communicating via electronic methods: e-mail, text, instant messaging, and now online social networks. Try these tips for getting out of the office to meet new people and make new connections. See “Getting Out of the Office to Make Personal Connections” on page 5 of the most recent The Business of Diversity newsletter.

Consumer Financial Services

  • Having trouble keeping track of the many mortgage lending provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act? Then check out these materials which provide a helpful summary. “Fisher Memorial Program: Home Ownership: American Dream or American Nightmare?” 
  • A National Mortgage Settlement was recently announced between 49 state attorneys general, the Department of Justice, and the country’s five largest loan servicers. As part of the settlement, these servicers must abide by specific new servicing standards. The author of this article highlights the new servicing standards and suggests it is likely that the negotiated settlement servicing standards will form the basis of national standards applicable to all servicers. “

Entertainment Law

Interested in a legal career in the entertainment industry? These materials from the 2012 Spring Meeting provide a helpful overview of what to expect as a lawyer in the entertainment industry. “Stars on the Strip: An Insider's Guide to Legal Careers in the Entertainment Industry”  

Diverse Lawyers

How do we create a culture in which diverse lawyers are supported and can thrive? These materials from the Diversity Committee seek to answer this question. “Strength in Diversity: Empowering All Lawyers to Thrive in the Workplace”