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FinCEN Proposes New Rule Requiring Anti-Money Laundering Programs for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would define investment advisers registered (or required to be registered) with the Securities and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Check Cashing, Tax Evasion, Structuring and Asset Forfeiture; The Making of a Bad Day

The following fact pattern should is representative of a tax evasion and structuring case. A taxpayer receives checks in the ordinary course of business from customers. Some of those checks are deposited into the business...more

The Political Implications Of UK's Tom Hayes Verdict

On Monday, Aug. 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...more

Former Bank Executive Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in TARP Fraud Scheme

On August 20, former bank executive Charles Antonucci was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in organizing a scheme involving self-dealing, bank bribery, embezzlement of bank funds, attempting to fraudulently...more

Growing Medical Marijuana, Problematic in Bankruptcy, and Out

Frank Arenas is licensed in Colorado to grow and dispense medical marijuana. He and his wife own a building, half of which is used for the cultivation and the other half of which is leased to a marijuana dispensary. These...more

Swiss Banks Bank Zweiplus and Banca Stato Have Entered into Non-Prosecution Agreements under the DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program

Two more Swiss banks have reached resolutions with the Justice Department under its Swiss Bank Program. Yesterday, DOJ announced that bank zweiplus ag (Bank Zweiplus) and Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino (Banca Stato)...more

Unprecedented Hacking and Trading Scheme Highlights Important Cybersecurity Lessons - OJ and SEC charge hackers and traders after...

On August 11, 2015, federal prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against nine individuals in the United States and Ukraine who were allegedly involved in a...more

SEC probes US Banks for Mexican Drug Cartel Ties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating two prominent US banks for ties to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters has reported that the SEC is conducting a sweep of the brokerage industry to ensure compliance...more

INTERPOL and the tax man

A reader recently sent in the following questions: Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal...more

How Private Is Your Non-Public Information? Hackers And Traders Implicated In Criminal And Civil Suits In Hacking Securities Fraud...

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) unsealed two indictments on August 11, 2015 that bring charges against a network of...more

DOJ Charges Operators of Unregistered Bitcoin Exchange with Failure to File SARs on Bitcoin Sales to Victims of Ransomeware

Why it matters - The AML compliance community is still wrestling to understand the full implications of an indictment filed against two men who allegedly operated a Bitcoin exchange that had not been registered as a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 14, 2015)

A second insider trading action was brought by the Commission against a senior banking official based on the same take-over for which he was previously charged — but a different securities trading account is at the center of...more

SEC Sues 32 Defendants Involved in Insider Trading Operation; DOJ Files Criminal Charges Against Leaders

On August 10, the SEC filed a complaint against 32 defendants in the District of New Jersey for their alleged involvement in an international scheme to profit from stolen, confidential information regarding corporate earnings...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q2 2015

The Chinese regulatory enforcement landscape is still very active for the second quarter of 2015. In the absence of high-profile enforcement actions against Communist Party officials, Chinese authorities appear to be...more

FinCEN Renews and Broadens GTOs on Border Cash Shipments in California and Texas

Continuing its aggressive use of Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) to fight money laundering, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on July 7 that it was renewing a GTO in Southern...more

Reflections on a Sentence: Spooking the City

Tom Hayes emerges from his trial at Southwark Crown Court for Libor manipulation as a very considerable loser, who took some very bad decisions in the course of the SFO investigation and trial (and perhaps deserves his long...more

Can Spys and Criminals Make Voluntary Disclosures?

A recent article about convicted spy Jonathan Pollard speculated about the effects on his parole if he had an unreported foreign financial account. The simple truth is that Mr. Pollard would be ineligible for the Offshore...more

UK's Serious Fraud Office Secures LIBOR Conviction

On Monday, August 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...more

Former Derivatives Trader Convicted and Sentenced in U.K. on Libor Manipulation Charges, Also Facing Criminal Charges in U.S.

On August 3, a jury in the United Kingdom convicted former derivatives trader Tom Hayes on eight counts of fraud for his role in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) for Japanese Yen. Hayes was...more

Big win for SFO in LIBOR trial – Tom Hayes sentenced to 14 years. More SFO prosecutions to come in financial sector?

The conviction of Tom Hayes in the first UK LIBOR trial is a watershed moment. It’s a big win for the SFO, although it must be said that a more damning book of evidence could not be imagined. The judge’s sentencing remarks...more

DOJ’s Recent Guidance On Compliance For Virtual Currency Businesses

What compliance expectations does the Department of Justice have for businesses entering the virtual currency space? How can a company meet those expectations to stay out of trouble with DOJ, or at least mitigate the effects...more

Justice Department Announces That Three More Swiss Banks Reach Agreements Over Tax Evasion Claims

On July 30, 2015, the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced that three more Swiss banks — PKB Privatbank AG, Falcon Private Bank AG and Credito Privato Commerciale in liquidazione SA (CPC) – have cut deals with the U.S....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

DOJ Announces Charges Against Two Florida Men for Operating Underground Bitcoin Exchange

On July 21, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, along with the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI and the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office...more

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