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FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

Council of the EU Endorses Agreement with the European Parliament Regarding the MLD4

On February 10, the Council of the European Union published a press release stating that agreement had been reached with the European Parliament regarding the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) and the proposed revised...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 4

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Resales Under Regulation S - SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain...more

Heightened Enforcement Efforts Focus on Financial Institutions’ ‘Culture of Compliance’

The first of a three-part series on the new landscape of anti-money laundering enforcement - During hearings conducted in 2012 by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator Tom Coburn commented...more

OCC No Longer Issuing Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) examiners stated on Monday that they will no longer make recommendations on how banks can better comply with anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations. Rather, the policy...more

FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting

FinCEN issued an alert indicating that certain organizations and individuals have been circumventing various laws related to sports betting, including by permitting "third-party betting" and reminding the industry about the...more

Trade-Based Money Laundering: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Lauren Connell, Managing Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us again with a posting on AML trends. They say that when one door closes another will open. Unfortunately, that appears to hold true for criminal money...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #3

Cybersecurity, Potential Equity Order Routing Conflicts and AML Among the Top Examination Priorities for SEC in 2015 - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations...more

SEC Extends AML Relief for Broker-Dealer CIP Reliance on Advisers

The SEC’s action suggests that formal antimoney laundering program requirements for investment advisers may be on the horizon. On January 9, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the...more

FinCEN Fines Former CCO For Maintaining Ineffective AML Program

Recently, FinCEN announced a $1 million civil money penalty against the former Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of a large financial services company for allegedly violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and its implementing...more

As American as Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers and Stepping In It

I am at the end of my week of Marx Brothers themed posts. As you can tell, I am a huge fan and several of you have asked which is my favorite film. Before answering I must confess that I much prefer their Paramount films to...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2015

One January 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its annual letter to FINRA member firms outlining FINRA’s regulatory and examination priorities for the coming year....more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #2

FINRA Highlights Member Examinations Focus for 2015 - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its annual letter to broker-dealers setting forth its regulation and examination priorities for the new year....more

Financial Institutions and a Lack of Ethics

If there is one industry that needs an ethics overhaul, it has to be the financial industry. The list of transgressions continues to grow – AML/sanctions, LIBOR, Foreign Exchange Currency Cartels and Market Manipulations,...more

FINRA’s 2015 Exam Priorities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) released its 10th annual Exam Priority Letter earlier this week (Jan. 6, 2015). The so-called “Errico Letter” advises broker-dealer member firms of the operational risks...more

FinCrimes Update - December 2014, Volumn 1, Issue 10

In this Issue: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement...more

China Commits to Modify Enforcement of Anti-Monopoly Law

On December 19, trade officials from the United States and China wrapped up a three-day trade conference in Chicago. As attendee and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stated, the 25th annual Joint Commission on...more

FINRA Fines Financial Firms for Anti-Money Laundering Failures

On December 18, FINRA announced a joint $1.5 million penalty against two broker-dealers for anti-money laundering failures. According to anti-money laundering compliance program requirements, broker-dealers opening new...more

Busy Week for AML Enforcement in SDNY

This was a banner week in AML enforcement for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. First, the SDNY, on behalf of FinCEN, announced it has filed an enforcement action against Thomas Haider, the...more

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

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