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Debt Settlement Firm Pleads Guilty In CFPB’s First Criminal Referral

On April 8 the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a debt settlement company and its owner pled guilty to fraud charges, resolving the first criminal case referred to the DOJ by the CFPB. The...more

Warning signs of Red Notice Abuse Based on Private Disputes

In the last post, I addressed the issue of INTERPOL's involvement in financial disputes arising from debts owed by individuals to financial institutions in the UAE. Today, the focus expands to the broader question of how some...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

Guilty pleas entered in CFPB’s first criminal referral

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in the entry of guilty pleas by a debt settlement company and its principal, according to a Reuters report. The referral, which was made to the U.S. Attorney...more

Casino AML Compliance Update: Las Vegas Sands Corp. Places Macau Casino Junkets Under Increased Scrutiny.

On April 4, 2014, Bloomberg reported that the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (“Sands”) has increased its scrutiny of casino junket operators in Macau. The decision comes as casinos seek to meet the increased demands of federal...more

New York DFS Obtains Substantial Settlement In Licensing Enforcement Action

On March 31, in an enforcement action with potential implications for a range of financial service providers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that an insurance holding company agreed to pay...more

INTERPOL Red Notices - Update on Bankers' Use of INTERPOL's Tools to Enforce Private Debts

The UAE banking crisis and its inappropriate involvement with INTERPOL Red Notices, which have been addressed here and here in this blog, appears to drag on still. Parag Deulgaonkar reported recently for Emirates 24/7 that...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory Regarding the FATF’s Updated List of Jurisdictions with AML/CTF Strategic Deficiencies

FinCEN issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) regarding the issuance by the Financial Action Task Force (the “FATF”) of an updated list of jurisdictions that the FATF has identified as having strategic deficiencies in their...more

Punishment Without Cause: Disgorgement And Forfeiture Of Salary And Pensions

It has become popular among prosecutors and regulators in recent years to claim that officials who engaged in wrongdoing on the job should be forced to surrender every dollar earned on that job....more

Battuta D'arresto Per La Voluntary Disclosure

Come annunciato, l'articolo 1 del decreto legge 28 gennaio 2014, n. 4 (pubblicato in G.U. n. 23 del 29 gennaio 2014 – di seguito "Decreto") in materia di "Voluntary Disclosure" o "Collaborazione Volontaria" per il rientro dei...more

Reining In Overbroad Criminal Subpoenas – Is Some Relief In Sight?

In the wake of the national financial crisis, both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) publicly committed themselves to enhanced enforcement of federal financial laws...more

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more

Bitcoin - Calls for Regulation - Part Eight

“Virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, continued to attract a lot of attention. The sudden shutdowns of Mt. Gox (Japan), a large bitcoin exchange, and Flexcoin (Canada), a bitcoin bank, led to renewed and...more

Allegations Of Collusion Among Financial Institutions—Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, What We’ve Learned

Over the last 15 years, financial institutions have paid billions of dollars to settle claims that they colluded with each other. Below, we discuss four separate matters, beginning with the Nasdaq spread cases in the late...more

DOJ and SEC Representatives Tackle Pressing Anti-Corruption Issues in 2014

On March 20th and 21st, U.S. regulators, practioners, and other anti-corruption industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Second Annual Global Anti-Corruption Congress. The Congress featured speakers,...more

Emphasis On Enforcement

In back-to-back keynote addresses Monday to the Securities & Financial Markets Association’s annual Compliance & Legal meeting, SEC-Chair Mary Jo White and Southern District of New York US Attorney Preet Bharara renewed the...more

New York Financial Services Regulator Urges More Enforcement Against Individuals, Reaffirms Focus On Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On March 19, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky called on banking regulators to assess whether they are doing enough, particularly with regard to enforcement, to deter or...more

Levin and McCain Urge DOJ to Seek Extradition of Fugitive Swiss Bankers

Bloomberg news reports that on March 18, 2014, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and John McCain wrote a letter urging the Justice Department to seek extradition of about 30 Swiss bankers and others who are charged with enabling...more

Cybercrime Loses Its Right to Silence

In 2012, the director gen¬eral of MI5 revealed that a London-listed company had lost £800 million as a result of a state-backed cyber at¬tack. The company in question has not been publicly identified and no disclosures were...more

Madoff Verdicts Show the Risks of Staying Silent

After the revelation in 2008 that Bernard Madoff’s “wealth management” business was actually a colossal Ponzi scheme, Madoff’s victims and the public immediately asked: “Who else in the Madoff organization knew and, if they...more

SEC Prevails in Lawsuit Involving $50 Million Ponzi Scheme

On March 6, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered the former leaders of an investment group to pay more than $8 million in disgorgement and fines for their role in running a $50 million real...more

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

On Sunday, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. The EU and U.S., which consider Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to be illegal, retaliated with sanctions. The nature of these is set out below as a further update to the Alert...more

Wells Fargo Employee Admits Role in $40.8 Million Straw Buyer Scheme

Last Friday, a former Wells Fargo branch manager, sales manager and loan officer, Robert Serao, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge stems from Serao’s involvement in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud...more

SEC Brings New Charges Against SAC Analyst, Highlighting Risks to Employees

On Thursday, the SEC announced another set of insider trading charges against an employee of CR Intrinsic, an affiliate of the now-infamous hedge fund advisor SAC Capital Advisors. According to the SEC complaint, CR Intrinsic...more

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