Regulating Loan Owners: Proposed Amendments to the Credit Servicing Regulatory Regime

The sale of non-performing loan (“NPL”) books by Irish banks has been the subject of intense political and media scrutiny for a number of years due to the perceived impact of the sales of such loan books on underlying borrowers, particularly consumer and small and medium enterprise (“SME”) borrowers.

Recent political debate and discussion on the topic has resulted in the proposal of an amendment to the “credit servicing” regime introduced in 2015 pursuant to the Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) Act 2015 (the “2015 Act”) to expand the scope of the “credit servicing” regime to also include, amongst other things, the legal holder of title to loans.

During a recent Dáil debate on the relevant amending legislation, the Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) Amendment Bill 2018 (the “Bill”), it was stated by the Minister of Finance that the Government now intends to pass the Bill into law before Christmas/year end. Although the Bill has yet to go to the Seanad the upper house of the Irish parliament) it now seems unlikely that the content of the Bill will change materially prior to enactment.

 

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