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Advertising Law - November 2015 #3

FTC Flushes Claims for "Flushable" Wipes - Reminding advertisers about the importance of environmental marketing claims, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order in an enforcement action against...more

FinCEN Issues Final Civil Money Penalty Against U.S.-based Casino Over BSA Violations

On November 6, FinCEN issued a final assessment of civil money penalty against a Las Vegas-based casino and its branch offices for violating the BSA by failing to develop and implement a sufficient AML program and report...more

Accepting Daily Fantasy Sports Payments and Proceeds May Be Unlawful: New York AG Accuses DFS Sites of Leading “Massive . . ....

New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) Eric Schneiderman has claimed that daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) sites, including FanDuel and DraftKings, violate New York state gambling laws. He has issued cease-and-desist letters, giving...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 2nd, DBRS updated its rating methodology for Companies in the Gaming Industry. On November 2nd, DBRS updated its rating methodology for European Non-Performing Loans Securitizations. On October 30th, Moody’s...more

Is Money Being Laundered Through Your Financial Institution Using Daily Fantasy Sports Sites?

This alert addresses the explosion in popularity of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) sites and the money-laundering potential that DFS sites may offer to criminals around the world. It then explains potential legal liability...more

FIFA Investigation Ensnares President Blatter

After months of speculation about potential legal ramifications for FIFA President Joseph (“Sepp”) Blatter, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland announced that Mr. Blatter is the subject of criminal proceedings...more

FIFA Investigation Expands In Scope; Former FIFA VP Extradited to United States

On September 14, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ is expanding its FIFA investigation to pursue additional charges against individuals and companies. AG Lynch made these comments at a press...more

FinCEN Action Against Casino for Weak AML Compliance Efforts Should Not Be Ignored by Others—Especially Digital Currency Companies

Why it matters - FinCEN's $8 million civil money penalty imposed on Caesars Palace for "willful and repeated" violations of the BSA sends a signal that failure to collect and use appropriately identifying information...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 18 - September 2015 (Global)

Casino games are designed with a house advantage. Mathematically, the house advantage is a measure of how much the house expects to win, expressed as a percentage of the player’s wager. The house advantage is the difference...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

Leading Casino Settles with FinCEN for $8 Million for BSA Violations

On September 8, FinCEN announced the assessment of an $8 million civil money penalty against a leading U.S.-based casino for its willful violations of the BSA’s requirements to develop and implement a reasonably designed AML...more

SEC Settles With Olympic Sponsor Over Potentially Corrupt Hospitality Program

A global resources company was fined $25 million for practises related to its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The fine was part of a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 2

Borrowing Against Art Collections - Your art collection may not be as illiquid as you think. It is possible to raise cash by borrowing against works of art. Although some banks do not offer art-secured loans because of...more

Casino Forfeiture a Reminder that FinCEN’s Regulatory Oversight May Involve DOJ and Criminal Penalty

The civil money penalty was surprising for two reasons: first, that FinCEN would investigate and fine a casino unfamiliar even to analysts who cover the gaming industry, on an island chain few knew existed; and second, for...more

SEC Opens FIFA-Related Investigations

Although not yet confirmed by the SEC, media reports suggest that the SEC has opened several investigations of publicly traded companies who contracted with FIFA. Indictments in the FIFA cases have alleged that certain...more

Rolling the Dice: Casinos, FinCEN and AML Compliance

FinCEN has many important responsibilities but one of its more interesting assignments is oversight of anti-money laundering compliance by casinos (and card clubs). Casinos are under increasing scrutiny these days for lax AML...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2015

This month on the anticorruption front, an energy company announces the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to bring charges following an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigation, the protracted...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

Tom Brady Better Off as a Famous Quarterback than a Registered Representative

And this is true for any number of reasons! There’s the money, the supermodel wife, the buddy trips to the Kentucky Derby . . . . All pretty obvious. But there’s another reason, too. As an NFL quarterback, Brady works...more

FinCEN Enforcement Stacks the Deck in AML Compliance for Casinos and Card Clubs

Stephanie Booker, Associate Director for Enforcement, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), recently gave a speech at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas. Involved in the...more

FIFA Investigation Updates: Plea Agreement with American FIFA Official Unsealed

On June 15, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed a 2013 plea agreement under which American FIFA Executive Committee Member Chuck Blazer secretly pleaded guilty to ten charges related to...more

The FIFA Criminal Case – DOJ’s Extensive Criminal Toolbox

Now that the dust has settled a little on the FIFA criminal case, I wanted to throw my two cents into the commentary pot. Those who focus on whether the FIFA case is a “corruption case,” “an FCPA case” or some other...more

Will PE Start to Play in the Premier League?

English Premier League football clubs may start to look more attractive for investment following the League’s £5.14 billion live broadcasting deal with Sky and BT. The deal, for three years from the 2016-17 season, marks a...more

Treasury Department Publishes National Money Laundering Risk Assessment and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment

On June 12, 2015, Treasury Department issued its National Money Laundering Risk Assessment (NMLRA) and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA). This is the Department’s first NMLRA release in a decade and its...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

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