Law 360, October 28, 2020, SoFi Clears Initial OCC Hurdle In Quest To Launch Bank
“This preliminary conditional approval from the OCC is a testament to the mission driven company we have built, the employees who help it grow, and the over 1.5 million members we currently serve,” SoFi CEO Anthony Noto said. “By pursuing a national bank charter, we hope to be able to give consumers more choices and enhanced value when it comes to a full suite of financial services, which can help even more people achieve financial independence.”A national bank charter would allow SoFi to take customer deposits and make loans without using a bank partner. The company submitted its charter application to the OCC in July, nearly three years after it backed offan earlier effort to create a Utah industrial bank amid internal turmoil touched off by sexual harassment and employee mistreatment claims from former staff. In its Oct. 27 decision letter, the OCC indicated that SoFi’s bank will be required to have minimuminitial paid-in capital of $550 million. At least 30% of this capital must be provided in cash, while the rest can be “high-quality, held-for-sale loans as further described in the Bank’s application and business plan,” the agency said.