Federal Regulators Announce BSA/AML And Derivatives Trading Enforcement Actions Against Large Bank.

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On January 14, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC issued two consent orders against a large international bank and its trust company over alleged deficiencies in its Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance programs. Under the Federal Reserve Board Order, the bank is required to conduct a full review of its compliance program and submit written reports to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York regarding the review’s findings and recommendations. Any proposed improvements are subject to approval by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The OCC Order identifies “critical deficiencies” in the bank’s BSA/AML compliance programs with respect to suspicious activity reporting, transaction monitoring, customer due diligence, and internal control implementation and requires specific corrective actions in response. Neither order requires a civil money penalty. On the same day, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC issued consent orders concerning the bank’s derivatives trading activity. Under those orders, the bank must take corrective action as to its risk-management program, finance and internal audit functions, and Chief Investment Office, but the orders do not include a monetary settlement. The Federal Reserve Board stated that the corrective actions are necessary in light of disclosed, significant losses in a large synthetic credit portfolio managed by the Chief Investment Office. An OCC report found that the bank lacked adequate oversight to protect itself from such material risk, and had other inadequate risk management processes, trade valuation controls, and audit processes.

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