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FinCEN Fines Small Credit Union for BSA Violations

On November 25, FinCEN fined a small Florida-based credit union $300,000 in civil monetary penalties for violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). From 2009 through 2014, FinCEN charged that, among other deficiencies within its...more

FFIEC Releases Updated BSA/AML Examination Manual

On December 2, the FFIEC announced the release of its revised BSA/AML examination manual. The updated revisions address supervisory expectations and include regulatory changes since the manual’s last publication in 2010. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FCA has Published a Consultation Paper on Regulatory Fees and Levies for 2015/16 - ?On November 27, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published for comment a consultation paper on its fees and levies as part of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #2

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Derivatives - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - People - Events...more

Financial Regulators Release 2014 Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

On December 2, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released the revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. The revisions clarify supervisory expectations and...more

FinCrimes Update - November 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 9

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. ...more

FFIEC Releases Revised BSA/AML Examination Manual

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released its revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. The revisions clarify supervisory expectations and incorporate...more

FinCEN Updates List of Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

On November 12, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory announcing that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its list of jurisdictions that have strategic deficiencies in their...more

The Regulators Are Coming! The Regulators Are Coming!

Regulators, in-house lawyers and compliance officers told a serious cautionary tale at the recent Practicing Law Institute Broker-Dealer Regulation and Enforcement seminar. Representatives of the Securities and Exchange...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #3

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed “Pay-to-Play” Rule - FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 14-50 requesting comment on proposed “pay-to-play” and related rules that would regulate in a manner similar to Rule 206(4)-5 under...more

A Holistic Look at Third Party Risks

In the FCPA world, we tend to get myopic. We see complex issues and business operations through the prism of anti-corruption risks. Businesses and Chief Compliance Officers, however, have a very different perspective....more

Operation Chokepoint and the Brave New World of Criminal Liability - November 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice and banking regulators have stepped up the pace of criminal, civil and administrative actions against banks, payment processors, money transmitters, and other financial institutions, for...more

The Curious World of the Antitrust Division and Credit for Compliance Programs

The Antitrust Division is a world unto itself. Ask anyone who works there (including me) or worked there and they will tell you that everyone refers to the Antitrust Division as “The Division,” like it is the only Division in...more

Money Laundering in the News: Los Angeles Fashion District Raid Puts Trade-Based Money Laundering and Black Market Peso Exchange...

On September 10, 2014, federal and local law enforcement officials raided the Los Angeles Fashion District in an effort to combat alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels which was occurring within the District. The...more

JMLSG Board has Published Draft Guidance on Private Equity for Consultation

On October 29, the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) published for comment, a revised anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing guidance on Private Equity. The deadline for responses to the...more

FinCrimes Update - October 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 8

BSA/AML & OFAC: LESSONS LEARNED FROM ARAB BANK'S U.S. ANTI-TERRORISM ACT VERDICT On September 22, 2014, following a two-month trial, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of a group of...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control

EXCHANGE CONTROL - Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to...more

Sharing the Spotlight: M&A Due Diligence

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of due diligence. A whole new due diligence industry has grown, starting with initial anti-money laundering requirements and stretching into corruption and sanctions issues....more

FinCEN Releases Two Rulings Classifying a Bitcoin Payment System and Virtual Currency Trading Platform as MSBs

In its opening salvo bringing bitcoin under the watchful eye of the federal government, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Guidance (FIN-2013-G001) in March 2013 clarifying that anti-money laundering...more

Prosecution of Chief Compliance Officers: Establishing Basic Professional Standards

We all know that sometimes the press just gets it wrong. They do not understand the nuance of an issue that may be right in the core of our legal and/or compliance practice. We all have read an article in our area of...more

6 Guidelines for Fostering a Culture of AML Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is hoping to help financial institutions increase compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Noting that violations often stem...more

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

Banks and the EB-5 Program: Look Before You Leap

Many Washington banks have been asked to serve either as lender for an EB-5 project or as escrow holder to receive EB-5 customer deposits. While the benefits of serving in such roles, especially for a large real estate...more

Belgian Tax on the conversion of bearer securities incompatible with EU-legislation

The Law of 14 December 2005 on the abolition of bearer securities provided (a.o.) in the obligation to convert the bearer securities into dematerialized securities or registered securities, by no later than 31 December 2013....more

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