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Bank Secrecy Act

The Bank Secrecy Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1970 to detect and prevent money laundering within financial institutions. The BSA requires financial institutions to keep records and provide... more +
The Bank Secrecy Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1970 to detect and prevent money laundering within financial institutions. The BSA requires financial institutions to keep records and provide documentation to authorities for single transactions of more than $10,000 and report other suspicious account activity that could signify money laundering or other financial crimes. less -

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

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

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

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Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

OCC Report Highlights Top Risks for Banks

What are the top risk areas for national banks and federal savings associations? According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2017, there are four: strategic,...more

Are you a Taxpayer identified by IRS for not Reporting Offshore Financial Assets?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income run the risk of having the Government determine if their conduct was willful or non-willful. The definition of “Willful" or "non-willful” in Taxpayer’s conduct...more

FinCEN Takes First Action Against Foreign-Located MSB—“The Virtual Currency Exchange of Choice for Criminals”—For Willfully...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 26, FinCEN, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“NDCA USAO”), assessed a $110,003,314 civil money penalty against BTC-e a/k/a Canton Business Corporation (“BTC-e”)...more

Record-Setting Prosecutions in the Money Transmitting Business: Ways to Avoid Compliance Violations

by Blank Rome LLP on

In the first several months of 2017, we have seen significant anti-money laundering settlements and penalties in the money transmitting business arising from lax compliance programs, including the record-setting Western Union...more

Second Circuit Denies Public Access to Monitor’s Reports on Separation-of-Powers Grounds

In a decision that will provide reassurance both to prosecutors and to the institutions with whom they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”), the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Lynch, Pooler (concurring)) held in...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Second Circuit Finds That HSBC Monitor's Reports Need Not Be Publicly Disclosed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the district court’s decision to unseal the report of a special monitor charged with supervising HSBC Holdings plc and HSBC Bank, USA, N.A....more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Banking and the Marijuana Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part One of a Three-Part Series - We begin this week with a three-part series on banking and the marijuana industry. States continue to pass medical and recreational use marijuana legislation despite that the fact that the...more

Fed Fines Foreign Bank $41M Over BSA/AML Failures

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced a $41 million penalty against the U.S. operation of a foreign bank over Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering deficiencies....more

5 Principles To Simplify Compliance For Fintech Startups

Compliance officers at financial technology (fintech) startups have one of the most daunting tasks in the financial services industry — giving the green light to a new product or service in the face of significant time and...more

Yet Another Lawsuit Alleging Securities Laws Violations – and Individual Liability – Due to AML/BSA Failures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Financial institutions face an increasing risk that alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) requirements will lead to follow-on allegations of securities law violations. We have...more

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

SEC: Broker-Dealer Maintained AML Compliance Plan in Name Only

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5, the SEC filed suit against Salt Lake City-based Alpine Securities, Corp. (“Alpine”). The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the broker-dealer ran afoul of AML rules by “routinely...more

Trends in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement and Compliance

by Baker Donelson on

For years banks and other financial institutions have dealt with the anti-money laundering (AML) requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Governmental agencies, both regulatory and law enforcement, have placed particular...more

Still Following the Money: FinCEN, Money Laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act

Late last week, Congressional intelligence committees reportedly received some information from the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) related to investigations into Russia’s attack on the 2016 U.S....more

FinCEN Reveals That Geographic Targeting Orders Are Generating Meaningful Intelligence Leading To Money Laundering Prosecutions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a press release touting recent law enforcement success stories based upon Bank Secrecy Act reporting by financial institutions, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network revealed publicly for the first...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

Weighing Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute: What it Means for AML/CFT Controls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court granted certiorari on April 3 to decide whether Jordan-based Arab Bank may be liable for claims including allegations that its New York branch processed transactions for known terrorists. While the central...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure - Alabama Bankers Association...

On Jan. 19, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

New York Department of Financial Services Intensifies AML Enforcement Under New Superintendent

by King & Spalding on

Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), Maria T. Vullo, has focused the Department’s efforts on enforcement of New York’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) laws. Since her confirmation on June...more

Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry Discusses Fintech Charters

In his remarks at the LendIt Conference in New York, Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry discussed the special purpose national bank charters to be granted by the OCC to fintech companies and addressed the various...more

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