Anti-Money Laundering

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Changes to the PSC regime

Although the PSC regime has only been in force since spring 2016, the government is now consulting on changes to the regime to make it compliant with the Fourth Money Laundering Directive. The Directive came into force...more

Blog: The new Criminal Finances Bill setting out new anti-money laundering powers has had its first reading

On 13 October 2016 the Criminal Finances Bill (the “Bill”) had its first reading in the House of Commons. In addition to introducing Unexplained Wealth Orders (described in our blog below), the Bill sets out a number of new...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Blog: Virtual currencies & the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive: ECB Opinion on the Commission’s proposals

The European Commission published proposals to amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive, to bring crypto-currency exchanges and wallet providers within scope, in early July 2016. The European Banking Authority...more

Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Threaten to Disrupt Traditional Banking Services

To most people, the concept of digital currencies is synonymous with the name Bitcoin. However, hundreds of digital currencies exist. In fact, tracks 445 currencies, and tracks 732....more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

UK Set to Shake Up Corruption and Money Laundering Enforcement

The UK Government introduced the Criminal Finances Bill to Parliament today (13 October 2016), which will now start its passage through the parliamentary approval process before becoming law. The Government hopes that...more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Cantor Gaming Forced to Pony up Millions for AML Violations: What Lessons Can Be Learned from FinCEN’s Latest Enforcement Action...

Action Item: Licensed gaming and other entities required to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act should be aware of this recent FinCEN enforcement action, and they must ensure that their compliance programs address the lessons...more

U.S. Announces End of Myanmar Sanctions – What Will Go and What Remains?

On September 15, 2016, President Obama announced that U.S. economic sanctions on Myanmar (also known as Burma) would end, but the announcement left many questions as to what would change and what sanctions might remain. On...more

A System of Voluntary Self-Identification in the World of Virtual Currencies

On 5th July 2016, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a proposal for a Directive amending the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (“Proposed Directive”), which sets out, amongst other things, to bring into...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Bank Supervision Operating Plan for Fiscal Year 2017

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The plan sets forth the foundation for policy initiatives and for supervisory strategies applicable to...more

Don’t Gamble on Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

In August 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory urging leadership within all U.S. financial institutions to actively promote a culture of compliance...more

SFC’s Concerns Over Licensees’ Anti-Money Laundering Internal Controls

Key Points - - The SFC Enforcement Division is investigating several SFC-licensed brokerages for suspected inadequate AML internal controls. - Reminder of SFC areas of concern. - SFC licensees...more

Key Takeaways: Government Enforcement Investigations – Trends and Perspectives from the UK, US and China

On September 20, 2016, Skadden presented a seminar titled “Government Enforcement Investigations – Trends and Perspectives from the UK, US and China” in London. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Director of Enforcement...more

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company....more

Match Made in Heaven: Compliance and Human Resources

The corporate compliance function is only as successful as its partnerships with key internal constituencies. Depending on the company and the personnel involved, compliance has to establish and maintain effective working...more

New York DFS Issues $180M BSA/AML Penalty

New York’s banking regulator cracked down on enforcement of the state’s anti-money laundering (AML) law, issuing a $180 million penalty against Mega International Commercial Bank of Taiwan (Mega Bank) for past violations and...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

Blockchain, Regtech Dominate Financial Industry Innovations

On September 7, 2016, attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attended Next Money NYC 2016. Next Money featured speakers from across the payments industry and the BBVA Open Talent Pitch Competition where twenty fintech...more

Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been...more

Blog: UK Treasury consults on implementation of 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive

The UK’s Treasury has published a “Consultation on the transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive“. The Consultation also describes HM Treasury’s proposed approach to the implementation of articles 17 et al of the...more

12 AML Obligations Every Broker/Dealer Needs to Know

Since 2002, as part of their anti-money laundering (“AML”) responsibilities, broker/dealers have had a gatekeeper-like obligation to monitor customers for “suspicious” activities and to report those activities to the Treasury...more

Russian Legislation Update: 18 July – 4 September 2016

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of 18 July – 4 September 2016. In this issue: - Corporate - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Subsoil - Public-private...more

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