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FINRA Charges Firm With AML And Systematic Market Access Violations

On August 18, FINRA announced a complaint against a financial services and investment firm, alleging that the firm was responsible for systematic supervisory and AML violations in connection with providing direct market...more

New York Sanctions Bank For Alleged Failure To Comply With Prior AML Settlement

On August 19, the New York DFS announced a consent order with a British bank to resolve claims that the bank and its U.S. subsidiary failed to remediate AML compliance deficiencies as required by a prior settlement with the...more

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

OCC Updates Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-41, which announces a new “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001 and provides updated...more

Sleeping Giant? OCC Wakes Up to New Focus on Merchant Processing

Following hard on the heels of recent risk management actions taken by other federal agencies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a thoroughly updated booklet on Merchant Processing, which forms a...more

FedEx Money Laundering Charges Provide an Alternative Avenue for Prosecution if Drug Charges Fail

The Department of Justice's ("DOJ") commitment to expanding the scope of criminal enforcement of the money laundering statutes was shown in a recent indictment targeting FedEx Corporation. ...more

FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued separate advisories relating to (1) anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) deficiencies and (2) promoting a culture of compliance with...more

Standard Chartered To Pay $300M To Settle AML Charges in New York

For the second time in two years, Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), has settled another matter with Standard Chartered Bank for alleged “anti-money laundering...more

FinCEN Advisory Urges Institutions To Promote Culture Of Compliance

On August 11, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A007 to provide guidance regarding BSA/AML compliance programs. Specifically, the guidance recommends that institutions create a “culture of compliance” by ensuring that: (i)...more

Freddie Mac Implements FinCEN AML Rules, Updates Other Selling And Servicing Policies

On August 14, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-15, which reminds seller/servicers subject to the AML requirements of the BSA that they are expected to maintain an AML compliance program and are required to report to Freddie...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory to U.S. Financial Institutions Regarding Promotion of a Culture of Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) to U.S. financial institutions (“FIs”, and each an “FI”) in which FinCEN highlights “the importance of a strong culture of [Bank Secrecy...more

FinCEN Seeks to Turn Beneficial Ownership Disclosure of Private Entities on its Head

My colleagues over at our banking blog have highlighted proposed regulations by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, under the Bank Secrecy Act which are meant to combat illicit financial activity, including...more

Lauren Bacall Whistling or How to Structure Customer Due Diligence

Yesterday I wrote about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation into certain transactions in Venezuela by Derwick Associates (Derwick) and a US company ProEnergy Services (ProEnergy). ProEnergy supplied...more

FinCEN Proposes Rules to Enhance Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued proposed amendments to existing Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations. The proposed amendments would add a new requirement to...more

FinCEN Advisory to US Financial Institutions: Create Culture of Compliance - Senior Management, Leadership and Owners of...

On Aug. 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued FIN-2014-A007 (the "Advisory"). Among other things, the Advisory highlights the importance of maintaining a strong...more

Regulatory Update on Recent FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering Developments

This Alert provides a brief update on recent developments involving the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau within the U.S. Treasury responsible for developing anti-money laundering (AML) requirements for...more

FinCEN Advisory Updates FATF AML/CFT Deficient Jurisdictions List

On August 5, FinCEN issued an advisory, FIN-2014-A006, which provides guidance to financial institutions for reviewing their obligations and risk-based approaches with respect to certain jurisdictions. The Financial Action...more

Bitcoin Equal to Money According to District Court Ruling

Is it possible to commit money laundering with virtual currency? At least one federal judge thinks so. Last month, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest refused to dismiss a money laundering charge premised on the use of a...more

FINCEN Issues Proposed Revisions to its Regulations That Would Enhance Financial Institutions’ Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has proposed revisions (the “Proposal”) to its rules implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) that would spell out specific anti-money...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the...more

FinCEN Proposes Customer Due Diligence Rule

On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial institutions, including brokers or dealers in securities,...more

Continuous Improvement Of Your Compliance Program, Part II

Anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering (AML) programs policies and procedures and even export control systems are seemingly in a constant state of evolution. Many companies are struggling with the challenge of...more

FinCEN Proposes to Expand Financial Institution Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The proposal would require financial institutions to identify beneficial owners of legal entities and codify existing customer due diligence guidance....more

NY Regulator Releases First Regulatory Framework For Virtual Currency

It happened: Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the release of the DFS’s much-anticipated proposal for a BitLicense, stating “We have sought to strike an appropriate...more

Bitcoin Regulatory Update: The BitLicense: New York State Proposes Virtual Currency Licensing and Regulatory Regime

On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services published its proposed framework for the regulation of virtual currency businesses doing business in New York. The proposed “BitLicense” regulations would...more

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