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Monthly Bulletin

California Department of Business Oversight

Volume 4, Number 12
July 2017

DBO Announces New Program Heads

Joni Kimbrell has been selected as the new Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Chief Examiner for the Office of Credit Unions, effective June 12.

Joni joined the former Department of Corporations in 1989 as an Auditor 1 in the Financial Services Division.  She continued to work exclusively with Credit Unions and was promoted to Financial Institutions Manager in 1999.   Joni graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in business administration and is a certified public accountant. 

Miriam Clark has been selected Acting Deputy Commissioner for DBO’s Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser program (BDIA) effective June 18.  Miriam will serve in this role until August 18, 2017. 

Miriam joined the Department of Corporations in 2005 and has served in various capacities including BDIA exam/complaint specialist and enforcement examiner.  For 12 years, she has worked on and supervised numerous cases involving securities schemes, investment adviser and broker-dealer frauds.  Miriam received a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is also a certified public accountant.

 

FY 2017-18 Assessment for Financial Institutions

The DBO has mailed annual assessment invoices for FY 2017-18 to state-chartered banks and credit unions and other financial institutions. 

Assessments are due July 31, with more time allowed for payments made via electronic funds transfers (EFT).

Following is assessment information for various types of financial institutions:

Commercial Banks, Foreign Banks and Trust Companies:  The base rate was set at $1.39 per $1,000 of assets, the same as last year’s rate.  Invoices were mailed on June 30.  Non-EFT payments are due by July 31.  Electronic payments are due no later than August 7.

Credit Unions:  The 2017-18 assessment rate was set at $0.83 per $1,000 of assets, an increase of $0.05 from last year’s rate.  Invoices were mailed on June 30.  Non-EFT payments are due by July 31.  Electronic payments are due no later than August 7.

Industrial Banks:  The 2017-18 assessment rate was set at $1.39 per $1,000 of assets, the same as last year’s rate.  Invoices were mailed on June 30.  Non-EFT payments are due by July 31.  Electronic payments are due no later than August 7. 

Money Transmitters:  The 2017-18 assessment rate was set at $0.02 per $1,000 of money received for transmission by a licensee in calendar year 2015.  That’s an increase of $0.01 from last year’s rate.  The 2017-18 assessment rate for issuers of travelers checks and payment instruments was set at $0.63 per $1,000 of total payment instruments and stored value sold by the licensee, the same as last year’s rate.  Invoices were mailed on June 30.  Non-EFT payments are due by July 31.  Electronic payments are due no later than August 7.

More information about the assessment calculations for non-money transmitter institutions can be found on the DBO website’s Assessment Calculator page

 

Broker-Dealer Finder Exemption

The DBO administers and enforces the Corporate Securities Law of 1968, under which the DBO regulates broker-dealers registered in California and the offer and sale of securities (e.g., stocks and bonds) to the public.  Broker-dealers are prohibited from engaging in securities transactions unless they are registered or exempt from registration.

The Commissioner of Business Oversight has adopted Sections 260.211.4, 260.211.5, 260.211.6 and 260.211.7 to Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations, to implement a new exemption for finders from the broker-dealer provisions of the Corporate Securities Law.  This action was filed with the Secretary of State and became effective on June 21, 2017.

This rulemaking implements the provisions of Assembly Bill (AB) 667, which created a new exemption from the broker-dealer requirements for finders – individuals who, for compensation, introduce potential investors and issuers of securities to each other.  AB 667 also established a separate regulatory structure for finders to be administered by the DBO.  Individuals seeking exemption from the broker-dealer requirements as a finder must meet the statutory definition of a finder and comply with certain conditions.

Specifically, the rulemaking adopts the Statement of Information form to enable individuals to file for the exemption, and other regulatory requirements consistent with the legislative intent of AB 667.

40th Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey

The DBO is collecting data from state-chartered bank licensees, national banks and federal savings banks for the 40th Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey.  The report will provide data as of June 30, 2017.

DBO bank licensees will receive an email at their designated email address with a unique link to a secure website where they can complete the survey online.  In past surveys, the emails were sent by a web-based software called WorldApp; however, the sender’s email address had a dbo.ca.gov domain name.  Increasingly, this resulted in survey emails not being delivered to intended recipients. 

Effective immediately, DBO survey emails will be sent using the worldapp.com domain name.  Survey participants should add the worldapp.com domain name to their list of trusted senders to insure that the survey emails are not blocked.

National banks and federal savings banks will receive a letter with instructions on how to participate.  Results are available for the 39th Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey, as of June 30, 2016.

2016 Annual Report for Responsible Small Dollar Loans Pilot Program Now Available

Pursuant to legislation enacted in 2013, the Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans (RSDL) has now been in operation for more than three years.  The Pilot Program was designed to provide an alternative to deferred deposit transactions, or payday loans, and other more expensive forms of consumer credit.

As required by the authorizing legislation, the DBO has published a report containing detailed information gathered earlier this year from the lenders who participate in the Pilot Program. 

If you have questions or comments about the report, please contact Charles Agbonkpolor, examination manager, at (213) 576-7611, or Charles.Agbonkpolor@dbo.ca.gov.

Escrow Advisory Committee Openings

Starting in September, there will be three openings on the Escrow Advisory Committee.  The positions must be filled by representatives from a medium-size escrow company, an escrow company that has a business specialization, and an attorney who has escrow agent clients.

The Committee, established pursuant to Financial Code section 17214, is charged with helping the Commissioner perform duties under the Escrow Law.  It consists of 11 members, including the Commissioner or her designee.  The Commissioner appoints the other members, except for those representing the Escrow Institute of California and Escrow Agents’ Fidelity Corporation.

Appointed members serve for two years without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.  The Committee meets quarterly at the Department’s 4th Street Los Angeles office.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 

Licensed escrow agents and qualifying attorneys who meet the criteria for one of the openings are encouraged to apply by sending a letter of qualifications and/or resume to the attention of Kathleen Partin at the Department of Business Oversight, 320 West 4th Street, Suite 750, Los Angeles, California 90013.  The deadline for submissions is July 21, 2017.  Questions should be directed to Ms. Partin at (213) 576-7595 or Kathleen.Partin@dbo.ca.gov.

State Regulators Issue Annual Reports on Non-Bank Supervision

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has issued three annual reports highlighting the state of non-bank supervision in the U.S.  The reports were developed collaboratively by state agencies participating on the State Coordinating Committee, the Multi-State Mortgage Committee, and the Multi-State Money Services Business (MSB) Examination Taskforce, which are each charged with coordinating the supervision of multi-state, non-depository financial services providers.  

The reports provide significant insight into the non-bank financial market, as well as advancements among state regulators to oversee multi-state non-depository industries.

The Multi-State MSB Examination Taskforce (MMET) is the coordinating body responsible for multi-state MSB supervision.  Highlights from the MMET 2016 Annual Report include:

  • A total of 56 multi-state MSB examinations conducted.
  • Examinations of 98 percent of money transmitters operating in 40 or more states, by at least one state.
  • Examinations of 78 percent of money transmitters operating in 20 or more states, by at least one state.

The State Coordinating Committee (SCC) is the multi-state regulatory oversight group responsible for the coordination of multi-state non-bank financial services exams with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The SCC 2016 Annual Report details:

  • The facilitation of multi-state examinations with the CFPB that included mortgage origination and servicing, debt collection, payday lending entities, money services businesses, and – for the first time – auto lending.
  • The development and deployment of updated examination tools that allow state regulators to better share information, streamline coordinated supervision, and reduce regulatory redundancies.

The Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) is the main multi-state coordinating body for the state system of mortgage supervision.  The MCC 2016 Annual Report details:

  • A continued increase in focus on non-bank mortgage servicing examinations.
  • The implementation of a regulators’ guide to better coordinate mortgage servicer supervisory actions.
  • The widespread deployment of an examiner tool that will guide state regulators’ risk-based approach to mortgage supervision.

Financial Institution Partnership Opportunity with California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is seeking to identify financial institutions, including community-based nonprofits authorized to function as a financial institution, that are interested in partnering to implement state-funded Assistive Technology and Transportation Loan Guarantee programs.   

The DOR has issued a Request for Information (RFI), which is not a commitment of funding, but will help the DOR develop a contracting process with one or more financial institutions to offer Californians with disabilities low-interest loans for assistive technologies, including modified vehicles.  Dedicated funding to guarantee 2 percent loans is held by the State Treasurer’s Office on behalf of the DOR.  By responding to this RFI, financial institutions will be added to a distribution list of interested parties.  

The last day to submit a response is July 31.

The DOR’s Independent Living Section is part of California's independent living network, which includes 28 independent living centers and the State Independent Living Council.  The DOR administers the program in California and provides technical assistance and financial support for the independent living centers. 

For more information, visit the DOR Assistive Technology Program page or contact Ann Bui at (916) 558-5395 or ann.bui@dor.ca.gov.

CSBS Fintech Advisory Panel To Modernize State Regulation

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) is seeking representatives from the financial technology sector who wish to serve on a new advisory panel with state regulators.  

 

To apply for a position on the CSBS Fintech Industry Advisory Panel, log onto this online portal and provide a statement of interest along with basic information about your company by Friday, July 14th.  Panel members will be selected after a short review by state regulators.

The advisory panel will discuss existing pain points in multi-state licensing and supervision, brainstorm possible solutions, and provide feedback to ongoing state initiatives. The first meeting is expected to be held this fall.

The advisory panel is one part of CSBS’ Vision 2020, a series of initiatives designed to forge an integrated, 50-state licensing and supervision system that removes friction experienced by fintechs, while ensuring safety and soundness and strong consumer protections.  CSBS seeks representatives from a range of industries, including but not limited to money services businesses, consumer credit providers, mortgage loan originators, debt collectors, bank services companies, and banks.  More information about the advisory panel is available here.

Commercial Bank Activity

Merger

Capital Bank, San Juan Capistrano, to merge with and into Seacoast Commerce Bank, San Diego
Filed: 5/17/17

Folsom Lake Bank, Folsom, to merge with and into Central Valley Community Bank, Fresno
Filed: 5/30/17

Ojai Community Bank, Ojai, to merge with and into Bank of the Sierra, Porterville
Filed: 5/30/17

California United Bank, Los Angeles, to merge with and into Pacific Western Bank, Beverly Hills
Approved:  6/27/17

Acquisition of Control

CBB Bancorp, Inc., to acquire control of Commonwealth Business Bank
Filed: 5/16/17

Acquisition of Control (cont.)

Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, to acquire control of Bank of Rio Vista
Filed: 5/22/17

Sale of Partial Business Unit

Opus Bank, Irvine, California, to sell its Clearview, Woondinville, Smokey Point and Lake Stevens branches to First Financial Northwest Bank, Renton, Washington
Filed: 6/2/17

Sunwest Bank, Irvine, California, to sell its University Place branch to Sound Community Bank, Seattle, Washington
Effected:  6/30/17

Voluntary Surrender of License

Banamex USA
Effected: 6/30/17

Credit Union Activity

Merger

Community First Credit Union, Santa Rosa, to merge with and into Mendo Lake Credit Union, Ukiah
Filed: 12/5/16

Daijo Federal Credit Union, Los Angeles, to merge with and into Nikkei Credit Union, Gardena
Filed: 3/3/17

Entrust Financial Credit Union, Richmond, Virginia, to merge with and into Christian Community Credit Union, San Dimas
Filed: 11/29/16

Musicians Interguild Credit Union, Hollywood, to merge with and into SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, Burbank
Effected: 6/30/17

Star Harbor Federal Credit Union, Rancho Dominguez, to merge with and into Financial Partners Credit Union, Downey
Filed: 3/13/17

Foreign (Other State) Bank Activity

New Office

Amalgamated Bank
472 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, Los Angeles County (Facility – Insured Bank)
Opened: 4/24/17

Inland Bank and Trust
11801 Pierce Street, Riverside, Riverside County (Facility – Insured Bank)
No Objection: 5/25/17

Newport Trust Company
515 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County (Facility – Uninsured Trust Company)
Filed: 6/12/17

Money Transmitter Activity

New Money Transmitter

Tipalti Payments, Inc.
Filed: 5/23/17

Acquisition of Control

Alipay (UK) Limited, to acquire control of MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc.
Filed: 6/5/17

FleetCor Technologies, Inc., to acquire control of Cambridge Mercantile Corp. (U.S.A.)
Filed: 5/15/17

SCRS Acquisition Corporation, to acquire control of JPay Inc.
Filed: 5/11/17

JAN LYNN OWEN
Commissioner of Business Oversight    

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The June 2017 Monthly Bulletin covers the month ended Junr 30, 2017. It is issued pursuant to Financial Code section 376.
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