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Bank Secrecy Act HSBC

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 -

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

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

How Effective is Your Anti-Money Laundering Program?

by Baker Donelson on

At the end of January, Western Union agreed to pay the United States government $586 million to resolve allegations that it failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program under the Bank Secrecy Act and aided...more

AML Compliance: The Four Pillars

by Michael Volkov on

With all the attention to Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act enforcement, I thought it would be a good time to review some basic AML ethics and compliance principles....more

AML Enforcement – A New Era Of Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

Last year was the year of Bank Secrecy, sanctions and anti-Money Laundering enforcement. The HSBC settlement sparked significant controversy over the claim by the Justice Department that HSBC and other banks are “too big to...more

The HSBC AML Settlement - Lessons Learned for the AML Compliance Practitioner

by Thomas Fox on

I recently wrote about banks behaving badly. Currently, Exhibit A in that list is HSBC. In December, 2012, the UK banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.92 billion for its transgressions involving money laundering....more

Record Fines against HSBC for Repeated Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC Violations

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Following on the heels of the $15 million settlement against First Bank of Delaware for significant Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering violations (as we reported on here), the Treasury Department and three federal...more

Record $1.92 Billion in Fines and Penalties Levied against HSBC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HSBC Holdings, London, and two of its U.S. subsidiaries have been ordered to pay a record $1.92 billion in fines and penalties for anti-money laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations....more

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