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Anti-Money Laundering

Suspicious Activity Reports Rarely Provide “Operational Value” to Law Enforcement Investigations

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The Royal United Services Institute (“RUSI”) for Defence and Security Studies — a U.K. think tank – has released a study: The Role of Financial Information-Sharing Partnerships in the Disruption of Crime (the “Study”). ...more

New Transparency Register in Germany - Obligations and ‘To Dos’ Pursuant to the New Prevention of Money Laundering Act

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the German Prevention of Money Laundering Act (the “Act”) implementing the 4th EU Money Laundering Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/849 of May 20, 2015, the “Directive”) came into effect. The Directive...more

Belgium issues new law on anti-money laundering transposing the fourth EU Directive and implementing the FATF recommendations

by White & Case LLP on

The Belgian State Gazette published on Friday 6 October 2017 the law of 18 September 2017 preventing money laundering and financing of terrorism and limiting the use of cash (the"Law"). The Law replaces the law of 11 January...more

Investor Class Action Lawsuit Targets Australian Bank for Alleged AML Failures and Use of “Intelligent” Machines for Anonymous...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously have observed that financial institutions face an increasing risk that alleged Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Counter-Terrorism Financing (“CTF”) violations will lead to follow-on allegations of securities...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 Commences with New Tax Evasion Offences, Anti-Money Laundering Rules, and Asset Forfeiture...

On 30 September 2017, Part 3 of the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “CF Act”) came into force creating new corporate offences for failing to prevent the facilitation of UK or overseas tax evasion. Similar to the standard...more

Anti-money laundering bulletin - Autumn 2017

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DLA Piper’s Financial Services Regulatory team welcomes you to the Autumn 2017 edition of our Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Bulletin. In this issue, we provide updates on AML developments in the UK and internationally,...more

New German Money Laundering Act Introduces Beneficial Ownership Register (Transparenzregister)

by Jones Day on

The Background: As part of the implementation of the European Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU Directive 2015/849), a new German Money Laundering Act has come into effect....more

Where Pseudonymous Cryptocurrency Transactions Meet AML Reporting Requirements

by Blank Rome LLP on

Two months ago, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“USAO”), assessed a civil money penalty of over $110...more

Russian Legislation Update: June – August 2017

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Corporate - On 29 July 2017 the President signed Federal Law No. 233-FZ amending the JSC Law and LLC Law. The amendments to the JSC Law relate to the scope of documents and information that shareholders can request from...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released an advisory on September 20, 2017, to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

Risky Business: Mitigating Exposure Through Comprehensive Risk Management

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ropes & Gray is pleased to share “Risky Business,” a comprehensive report on trends and best practices in risk management. Based on a survey by FT Remark, a research service from the Financial Times that interviewed 300...more

Expanded Beneficial Ownership Reporting and AML Duties Under the Corporate Transparency Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Second of a Two-Part Blog: Anti-Money Laundering Programs Coming to the Legal Profession? Earlier this week, we began our discussion of the proposed Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”), and observed that, if...more

Criminal justice: How best to stop economic crime

by WilmerHale on

Speaking at the 35th annual Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Robert Buckland QC MP, the Solicitor General for England and Wales, and David Green QC, Director of the SFO, addressed the question, “Preventing...more

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Creates Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

In a time of shifting opinions on the benefits of globalization, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) offers an unexpected bright spot for multinational companies able and willing to participate in this...more

2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to BakerHostetler’s 2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review. This edition delivers news, analysis and insights into key developments in the cross-border investigations...more

AML Beneficial Ownership Register for Irish Funds – Who’s Holding the Baby?

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If you’ve been involved in the funds industry, you will be well aware of the ever-increasing focus on anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements by national and supranational regulatory bodies alike. In...more

NY DFS Charges the NY Branch of Habib Bank and Habib Bank Limited for Compliance Failures

On August 24, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS“) issued a Notice of Hearing and Statement of Charges to the New York Branch of Habib Bank Limited and Habib Bank Limited, the largest bank in...more

Consultation on a new retail payments oversight framework

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On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) proposed a new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) in a consultation paper titled, “A New Retail Payments...more

WSGR Fintech Update - September 2017

FinCEN Sanctions Offshore Virtual Currency Exchange - The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently imposed civil money penalties of over $122 million against BTC-e (also known as Canton Business Corporation)...more

Object Lesson on How Not to Respond to Consent and Enforcement Actions

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Last week, the DFS announced an enforcement action and charges against the NY Branch of Habib Bank, a Pakistani bank that had been doing business in NY for almost 40 years....more

New anti-money laundering regulations: action for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

Pension scheme trustees should be aware of requirements under new money laundering regulations to record information and, in some cases, to give the information to third parties and to register the information with...more

Complying With FinCEN’s Revised GTOs: What Real Estate Professionals Need To Know About Anti-Money Laundering

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This article is Part II of a series in which we address the U.S. government’s attempts to combat money laundering in real estate transactions....more

FinCEN Expands Its AML Target Real Estate Deals and Information Collection

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on August 22, 2017, that it is expanding its earlier Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons...more

The German Transparency Register is coming: New obligations for legal entities in Germany to disclose beneficial ownership...

by Dechert LLP on

Highlights - - Implementation of a public Transparency Register on beneficial ownership of legal entities. - Notification obligation applies to incorporated companies and certain other legal entities and arrangements;...more

FinCEN Issues Revised Geographic Targeting Orders Focusing On Shell Companies Purchasing Luxury Properties In 7 Major Metropolitan...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell...more

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