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Jeffrey Taft is a partner in the Firm's Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice. His practice focuses primarily on bank regulation, bank receivership and insolvency issues, payment systems, consumer financial services and cybersecurity/privacy issues. He has extensive experience counseling financial institutions, merchants, technology companies and other entities on various federal and state banking and consumer credit issues, including compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, National Bank Act, International Banking Act, Consumer Financial Protection Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, state unfair or deceptive acts or practices statutes, CFPB's UDAAP authority and the development and implementation of privacy, cybersecurity and information security programs under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, the NYDFS cybersecurity regulation and industry standards, such as PCI DSS and NIST.

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On March 29, 2022, the US federal banking regulators released instructions on how financial institutions should comply with recently adopted computer-security incident notification requirements.1 These instructions will assist financial institutions in satisfying their obligations under the new requirements once compliance is required on May 1, 2022.

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On February 9, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose several new rules and amendments to existing rules that would significantly alter the current requirements for investment advisers and funds, with one proposal specifically focused on private funds and the other focused on cybersecurity.

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Our Global Insurance Industry Year in Review is now in its 10th year. In this report, we discuss developments and trends in insurance industry transactions over the past year, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, insurtech, the insurance-linked securities and convergence markets, as well as tax, regulatory and litigation developments.

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On November 18, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC,” collectively with the Federal Reserve and OCC, the “Federal Regulators”) finalized new cyber incident notification requirements for institutions that they regulate and their service providers (the

  • On October 27, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) implementing most of the revisions it proposed in 2019, with some important modifications, to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act safeguards rule.
  • Financial institutions covered by the Final Rule include finders, finance companies, mortgage companies, motor vehicle dealerships, payday lenders and other non-banks involved

On October 22, 2021, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued an interpretive letter that provides guidance on how entities regulated by NYDFS (“Covered Entities”) may comply with the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation by adopting the cybersecurity program of an affiliate (“Affiliate Program Letter”).1 According to the Affiliate Program Letter, a Covered Entity

2020 and 2021 saw sophisticated, coordinated cyber attacks affect some of the largest companies in the world. In the wake of these attacks, the Biden Administration and federal regulators—as well as businesses within the financial sector—are highly focused on cybersecurity. With a rapidly changing landscape, financial services companies are working hard to prepare for cyber

Virginia has become the second state to enact a comprehensive consumer data privacy statute in the United States. Signed into law by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on March 2, 2021, the Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”) will take effect on January 1, 2023. While the CDPA shares some key components with the California Consumer Privacy

In December 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC,” collectively with the Federal Reserve and OCC, the “Federal Regulators”) proposed new cyber incident notification requirements for institutions that they regulate and their service providers (the “Proposal”).

On October 30, 2020, the US federal banking regulators1 issued guidance on sound practices for the largest US banking organizations to strengthen their operational resilience, including with respect to cyber risk management (the “Guidance”).2 Operational resilience is an organization’s ability to prepare for, adapt to, withstand, and recover from disruptions and to continue