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 -
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Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Threaten to Disrupt Traditional Banking Services

To most people, the concept of digital currencies is synonymous with the name Bitcoin. However, hundreds of digital currencies exist. In fact, tracks 445 currencies, and tracks 732....more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Cantor Gaming Forced to Pony up Millions for AML Violations: What Lessons Can Be Learned from FinCEN’s Latest Enforcement Action...

Action Item: Licensed gaming and other entities required to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act should be aware of this recent FinCEN enforcement action, and they must ensure that their compliance programs address the lessons...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Bank Supervision Operating Plan for Fiscal Year 2017

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The plan sets forth the foundation for policy initiatives and for supervisory strategies applicable to...more

Don’t Gamble on Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

In August 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory urging leadership within all U.S. financial institutions to actively promote a culture of compliance...more

New York DFS Issues $180M BSA/AML Penalty

New York’s banking regulator cracked down on enforcement of the state’s anti-money laundering (AML) law, issuing a $180 million penalty against Mega International Commercial Bank of Taiwan (Mega Bank) for past violations and...more

FinCEN Associate Director for Enforcement Delivers Remarks at Title 31 Conference, Stresses Importance of Culture of Compliance

On the day after his appointment in August 2016, the Associate Director for Enforcement for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Thomas Ott, addressed the National Title 31 Suspicious Activity & Risk Assessment...more

Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been...more

Treasury Proposes Regulations That Would Require Private Trust Companies to Establish or Enhance AML Programs and to Identify...

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published proposed regulations on August 25, 2016 that would require certain private trust companies utilized by high net worth individuals,...more

FinCEN Proposes AML Program Requirement for Banks without a Federal Functional Regulator

FinCEN has proposed extending its anti-money laundering (AML) program requirement for banks to banks that are not subject to regulation by a federal functional regulator, including state chartered limited purpose trust...more

New FinCEN Proposal Will Extend AML Rules to Currently Exempt Banks and Other Institutions

Seeking to close a perceived “gap” in regulations intended to facilitate the government’s efforts to curb money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

FinCEN Proposal Looks to Extend AML Requirements to Non-Federally Regulated Banks

On April 25, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, proposed a rule that would require all banks, regardless of whether they are subject to regulation by a...more

FinCEN Proposal Extends AML Requirements to Banks Without a Federal Functional Regulator - Proposed Rule Would Include Trust...

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Aug. 25, 2016, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (Proposed Rule) to implement Section 326 of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools...more

AML Update: The NYDFS’s New Anti-Money Laundering Regulation and its Annual Compliance Certification Requirement

This summer, one of the nation’s top state regulators for finance announced a major new AML regulation, providing a critical hook for regulatory liability for companies that lack effective anti-money laundering controls. An...more

Should Professional Service Providers Assume Greater AML Vigilance Responsibilities?

Because they are known as “gatekeepers” in the financial industry, Professional Service Providers (PSPs), Bankers, Brokers, Realtors, Casino Managers, Trust Fund Managers, Money Managers, etc., carry a level of responsibility...more

Legal Alert: New York’s New BSA/AML Rule Imposes Monitoring, Filtering and Certification Requirements

On June 30, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) adopted a new anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering (AML) regulation (Final Rule) that builds on federal anti-money laundering requirements to address...more

Are Compliance Officers at Financial Institutions Now in the Hot Seat for Fines?

Otherwise reputable Financial Institutions continue being sanctioned for regulatory non-compliance. Well known “household” names continue receiving fines for failing to establish and implement adequate Anti-Money Laundering...more

FinCEN Adopts New Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has adopted new anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations that impose additional customer due diligence requirements on certain financial institutions...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Final Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions...

Final regulations impose certification requirements on a financial institution’s Board of Directors or Senior Officer(s) relating to BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. The New York State Register today published the final...more

The “Fifth Pillar” of AML/BSA Compliance FinCEN Issues Final Rule for New Customer Due Diligence Requirements under the Bank...

For years, financial institutions have operated under the maxim that an effective anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act compliance program (collectively “AML”) rests upon four pillars: (1) written policies and...more

FinCEN Assesses Significant Penalty Against Casino for Bank Secrecy Act Violations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed on July 15 a civil money penalty in the amount of $2.8 million against Hawaiian Gardens Casino Inc., d/b/a The Gardens Casino, for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulatory...more

New Frontier for Bank Secrecy Act Prosecutions: Trade-Based Money Laundering

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have focused on disrupting the use of the financial system by terrorist groups, criminal organizations and tax evaders to...more

EU brings virtual currency exchanges and wallet providers under the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive

On 5 July 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a proposal for a directive that, when passed, will begin to narrow the regulatory gap between the U.S. and the EU for virtual currency exchange platforms and...more

NY DFS Finalizes Rigorous AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting forth rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and...more

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