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Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

Summary of private equity firms’ compliance obligations, discussion of notable developments in 2015 and outlook for 2016. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the rules of self-regulatory organizations (SROs),...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February #2

FCA writes to CEOs on CFD compliance - FCA has written a Dear CEO letter following its review of new client procedures for firms offering contracts for difference (CFD) products on a non-advised basis. FCA carried out a...more

Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another group of settled actions under its initiative regarding municipal bond underwriters. This time a group of fourteen actions were filed. Each centered largely on claims that the underwriter failed...more

Surprises in OCC's Examination Priorities for 2016? Careful Innovation, Cybersecurity, Criminal Avoidance, Nonbank FI Lending

Why it matters - Comptroller Thomas J. Curry underscored key 2016 supervisory concerns for his agency in a mid-December industry call discussing the OCC's latest Semiannual Risk Perspective report. His list includes the...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - January 2016

The FCPA in 2016: DOJ and SEC Focus on International Cooperation and Investigation of Individuals - Why it matters: As we reported in our December 2015 newsletter, both SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney and DOJ...more

"US Enforcement Authorities Tighten Post-Settlement Scrutiny of Financial Institutions"

Last year, financial institutions continued to settle in record numbers with federal and state criminal and civil authorities in areas including benchmark interest rate manipulation, economic sanctions and anti-money...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FinCEN Issues Advisory on Update to List of FATF Identified Jurisdictions - FinCEN has issued an advisory to financial institutions summarizing updates made by the FATF to the list of...more

From Park Avenue to Ocean Drive, High End Residential Real Estate Transactions Under the Microscope

The U.S. government’s aggressive push to combat international money laundering is entering a new phase by focusing on real estate investments. On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S....more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2015

Financial institutions in Canada witnessed yet another year of significant growth in legislation and regulatory guidance impacting their operations, while the financial marketplace is continuing to adapt to the impact of...more

U.S. and China Sign Financial Intelligence Cooperation Memorandum

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the China Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Center (CAMLMAC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a “framework to facilitate...more

OCIE and FINRA Announce 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 6 and January 11, 2016, respectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) each...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Orders Requiring Identification of High-End Cash Buyers of Real Estate in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that will require, temporarily, certain title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind...more

Testing the Limits of Bank Officer Accountability – The NYDFS AML Personal Liability Proposal

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) is currently soliciting public comment on a proposed regulation that would require certain NYDFS-regulated financial institutions (“Regulated Institutions”) and their...more

It's Tough to Be a Chief Compliance Officer Under New York's Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Rule

The proposed regulation would require covered financial institutions to maintain watch-list-filtering and transaction-monitoring programs. On December 16, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)...more

FinCEN Cracks Down on Real Estate Secrecy in Manhattan and Miami

In yet another indication of its aggressive efforts to fight money laundering, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued another Geographic Targeting Order (GTO), this time targeting...more

FinCEN Announces First Card Club AML Enforcement Action

Just in time for Christmas, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the financial industry (including casinos and card clubs) regulator, announced its first-ever enforcement action against a card club, California’s...more

Is New York's Proposal a Harbinger of Things to Come? Certification of BSA/AML Compliance and Personal Liability for Mistaken or...

Why it matters - The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) may have launched its strongest offensive yet against observed shortcomings in the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance...more

FINRA’s 2016 Focus - Proactive Compliance in Innovative Market

On January 5, 2016 FINRA released its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter identifying its 2016 areas of focus, as well as areas of historical focus. FINRA identified three priority focus areas for 2016: (1)...more

FINRA’s 2016 Priorities: Fives on the Fifth

FINRA released its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (so-called “Errico Letter”) on January 5. FINRA’s top five priorities: Among the also-rans, industry participants will recognize many perennial favorites,...more

Hedge Funds: A Look Toward 2016

BakerHostetler’s final hedge fund program of 2015 provided practical advice to hedge funds and investment advisers for the coming year. The presentations focused on “Hedge Fund Hot Topics for 2016,” “How to Effectively Manage...more

The Year in Review: 2015 FINRA Enforcement Actions

Over the past several years, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization responsible for regulating every brokerage firm and broker doing business with the U.S. public, brought...more

Legal Trends: Financial Services Regulatory

Fintech is the single hottest topic for 2016 and the foreseeable future. From mobile payments to paperless processes to block-chain technology, the increased use of emerging and innovative technologies to pay for or obtain...more

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