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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Blockchain Catches a Righteous Break and Avoids Becoming Unchained

Just before the 2016 Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States, which falls at the end of May, news outlets reported that the bipartisan effort to revolutionize the regulation of cryptography in the United States was...more

SEC Sanctions Broker-Dealer for Paper-Only AML Program

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the first time ever charged a broker-dealer in a stand-alone action for failing to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) as required by the federal...more

Is a Hurry-Up Wire Transfer of $3 Billion on Behalf of a Malaysian Government Fund to a Little-Known Private Bank Suspicious?...

Multiple news sources are reporting that the U.S. government is conducting an investigation into whether Goldman Sachs violated the so-called Bank Secrecy Act (real and less-Orwellian name: Currency and Foreign Transactions...more

Suspicious Activity Reports: Why They Matter

The Bank Security Act (BSA) states that financial institutions have an obligation to aid law enforcement in identifying suspicious financial transactions through what is known as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). As banking...more

FinCEN Requires Financial Institutions to Obtain Beneficial Ownership

FinCEN’s new CIP beneficial owner rules may hinder the ability of shell and nominee companies to directly access the US financial system without disclosing the natural persons who own 25% or more of the company. Pooled...more

Federal Reserve Bank Ruled a Federal Supervisory Agency Under the BSA

In a case of first impression, a district court held that a regional Federal Reserve Bank was a supervisory agent as defined by the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). The BSA requires the reporting of any suspicious activity that may...more

Don’t Let The I.R.S. Define Your Conduct As Willful, or Else………

Something that most of us don’t realize is that Internal Revenue Service has stated that the taxpayer is responsible to learn IRS requirements within the historic U.S. framework of a voluntary reporting system. The IRS...more

One-Two Punch for Transparency: Beneficial Owners Outed

In an apparent effort to create the impression of strong U.S. policy response in the wake of the Panama Papers, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced three initiatives to promote greater transparency and...more

US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Deputy Director El-Hindi Addresses New Customer Due Diligence Rule and Beneficial...

As part of his remarks at the Institute of International Bankers Annual Anti-Money Laundering Seminar, US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Deputy Director Jamal El-Hindi discussed certain US Department of Treasury efforts...more

AML Risks and Foreign Correspondent Banking

With the Panama Papers scandal and government promises of continued aggressive AML enforcement, financial institutions face a variety of risks that require increased vigilance and mitigation strategies....more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part II

Yesterday I began an exploration of the potential individual liability of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) based upon the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement action against Raymond James Inc. and its...more

FinCEN Issues Final Customer Due Diligence Rule

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has expanded the due diligence obligations of certain financial institutions that are subject to a customer identification program requirement under...more

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Final Rules

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued final rules (the Final Rules) on customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, and...more

New FinCEN Rule Requires Heightened Identification Procedures and Anti-Money Laundering Diligence

A new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) rule under the Bank Secrecy Act will require institutions to more specifically identify legal entity customers and increase anti-money laundering diligence. The rule will...more

U.S. Treasury Announces Customer Due Diligence Final Rule for Financial Institutions

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Final Rule that requires financial institutions to conduct certain diligence to verify personal information of beneficial owners of...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

FinCEN Unveils “Fifth Pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

The idea that a “fifth pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance – customer due diligence requiring U.S. banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, commodity futures merchants, and introducing brokers (“covered financial...more

First FATCA Conviction!

On May 9, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its first FATCA conviction. It appears to be the beginning of criminal prosecutions by the DOJ against apparent or alleged violations of FATCA reporting requirements....more

Revisiting FinCEN’s Proposed Regulations on Beneficial Ownership

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. – Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues Political winds are important for a number of reasons. When working in the government, you have to seize the...more

Foundation: April 2016 • V Ol. III, Issue 1

In yet another sign of its aggressive campaign to fight money laundering, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has trained its sights on the high-end real estate market in New York and...more

FINRA Targets AML Programs and “Culture of Compliance” as 2016 Enforcement Priority, Particularly for High-Risk Broker/Dealers

Under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) authorization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is “responsible for regulating (1) all securities firms that do business with the public[,]” (2) key stock...more

Repeat BSA Violations Cited for Two FinCEN Fines

Repeat violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) are cited by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for a $1 million penalty against a casino and a $10,000 fine against a money...more

Prepaids in Focus: Federal Regulators Clarify CIP Rules

The federal banking agencies and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have issued guidance to banks to clarify how the Bank Secrecy Act's customer identification program (CIP)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Services Regulation: What to Expect in 2016

At the 2016 Digital Payments Intensive in London, DWT Emerging Payments and Prepaid team leader Andy Lorentz offered attendees insight into some major recent and upcoming developments with respect to regulation of consumer...more

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