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FinCEN Proposes BSA/AML Rules for Investment Advisers (Again)

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would bring certain investment advisers under the umbrella...more

FinCEN Proposes Extending Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Requirements to Investment Advisers

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers, including private equity and hedge funds, to comply...more

FinCEN Rule Proposes AML Regulations for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed an anti-money laundering rule applicable to investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The issuance...more

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Its Effects on Financial Institutions Operating in the EU

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Fourth AML Directive), approved by the European Parliament on May 20, 2015, went into effect on June 25, 2015, repealing the 2005 Third AML Directive. Given the...more

SEC probes US Banks for Mexican Drug Cartel Ties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating two prominent US banks for ties to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters has reported that the SEC is conducting a sweep of the brokerage industry to ensure compliance...more

Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Regulation for Investment Advisers Passes First Hurdle, Gets OMB Approval

There has recently been speculation about a new U.S. rule that would potentially subject investment advisers to the same types of anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations that govern banks. Now, the speculation is over....more

DOJ Charges Operators of Unregistered Bitcoin Exchange with Failure to File SARs on Bitcoin Sales to Victims of Ransomeware

Why it matters - The AML compliance community is still wrestling to understand the full implications of an indictment filed against two men who allegedly operated a Bitcoin exchange that had not been registered as a...more

The 5 Most Common AML Compliance Program Deficiencies

Anti-money laundering compliance is a very difficult task. The number of risks is exponential. AML compliance officers have an innovative and rich history of compliance techniques and strategies. In the end, AML compliance...more

Risky Business: Assessment of Inherent Risks of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Canada and Guidance on the Risk-Based...

In preparation for the audit of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in the fall of 2015, the Department of Finance and the Financial Transactions and Reports...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015

Regulatory Developments - SEC Adopts Rules and Forms for Registration of Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants: On Aug. 5, the SEC voted to adopt registration rules and forms for...more

DOJ’s Recent Guidance On Compliance For Virtual Currency Businesses

What compliance expectations does the Department of Justice have for businesses entering the virtual currency space? How can a company meet those expectations to stay out of trouble with DOJ, or at least mitigate the effects...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rule Imposing Special Measure Five Against FBME Bank Ltd.

On July 23, FinCEN issued a final rule pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act to impose “special measure five” against FBME Bank Ltd. (“FBME”), formerly known as the Federal Bank of the Middle East. Special measure...more

Casino Forfeiture a Reminder that FinCEN’s Regulatory Oversight May Involve DOJ and Criminal Penalty

The civil money penalty was surprising for two reasons: first, that FinCEN would investigate and fine a casino unfamiliar even to analysts who cover the gaming industry, on an island chain few knew existed; and second, for...more

FDIC and California Department of Business Oversight Levy $140 Million Penalty Against California Bank for Ongoing BSA/AML...

On July 22, the FDIC, along with the Commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight (“DBO”), announced the assessment of a $140 million civil money penalty against a California state-chartered bank to resolve...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on FATF’s List of Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

On July 20, FinCEN issued an advisory to financial institutions with updates to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) list of jurisdictions containing strategic anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT)...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 07.20.15 – 07.24.15

Domestic Developments - Florida. Anthony Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, operators of bitcoin exchange service Coin.mx were arrested on July 21, 2015 for operating the exchange without a money transmission license. The U.S....more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control (Updated)

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

BCBS Consults on Proposed Revised Version of General Guide to Account Opening

On July 16, 2015, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a consultation paper on a proposed revised version of its general guide to account opening. The guide was first published in February 2003. The...more

Rolling the Dice: Casinos, FinCEN and AML Compliance

FinCEN has many important responsibilities but one of its more interesting assignments is oversight of anti-money laundering compliance by casinos (and card clubs). Casinos are under increasing scrutiny these days for lax AML...more

Scrutinizing Third-Party Payments

It is often hard to convince people that receiving money can be a problem. Everyone likes to receive money, especially when they are being paid for something they did. In the area of compliance priorities, companies do not...more

OCC Identifies Safety and Soundness Risks to National Banks and Federal Savings Associations and Supervisory Priorities

A new report issued by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) identifies top safety and soundness risks to national banks and federal savings associations, as well as OCC supervisory priorities for the...more

The New Canadian Integrity Regime: Compliance Carrots to Join the Debarment Sticks

Today we welcome Kristine Robidoux, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, for an analysis of the new Canadian Integrity Regime. As Canada has one of the most robust Debarment regimes which includes anti-bribery enforcement,...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

Know Your Customer (“KYC”) Due Diligence Best Practices

Financial institutions have a lengthy list of Anti-Money Laundering compliance requirements. They face a mountain of risks from a large number of financial transactions, each of which can carry significant risks. AML...more

BSA, AML Failures by West Virginia Bank Yield FDIC, FinCEN, DOJ Actions

Why it matters - In a coordinated effort, the U.S. government identified another “poster child” to demonstrate its continued vigilance and earnestness in pursuing lax BSA/AML procedures and oversight and violations of...more

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