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DOJ Fines Bank Record $9 Billion for OFAC Sanctions Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sent a strong message to international banks with a record penalty of nearly $9 billion on one of the world's largest banks for violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and...more

FinCEN Designates Foreign Private Bank Under Patriot Act

On July 17, FinCEN named FBME Bank Ltd., formerly known as the Federal Bank of the Middle East, as a foreign financial institution of primary money laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act....more

BNP Paribas Agrees to Record Penalty for Violating US Sanctions Laws

On June 30, 2014, BNP Paribas SA (“BNPP”), the largest bank in France, pled guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws and agreed to pay a total of nearly $8.9 billion in criminal forfeiture and penalties to the U.S....more

Volcker Rule and Covered Bonds

The subtler aspects of the Volcker Rule continue to emerge. One of the subtleties is the extraterritorial reach of the Rule in connection with underwriting, investments in, and market making for covered bonds by foreign...more

Banking & Finance Litigation Update - Issue 77 (Global)

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking - Domestic General - European Banking - European General - International Banking - International General - Excerpt from International General: 55....more

Fund Managers Sue Deutsche Bank for Breach of Contract and Fiduciary Duty

On June 18, financial institutions including BlackRock Inc., Pacific Investment Management Co., Prudential Financial Inc., DZ Bank AG, and Charles Schwab Co., sued Deutsche Bank National Trust Company in New York state court....more

US China Trade War - Trade, Solar, Customs, Patents, Banking, Antitrust and Securities

Dear Friends, there have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, tires, banking, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. In addition to the trade area, the banking and China antitrust areas have had important...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- May 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on ongoing investigations into Libor manipulation by Deutsche Bank; fines against Barclays stemming from manipulation of the gold market; a warning by the SEC regarding Bitcoins;...more

BNP Paribas and La Résistance: Why Compliance is not Capitulation and Cooperation Could Save an Economy

I will start by saying I am a proud Francophile. I love many things about French culture; from the just-right draw of their espresso (sorry, Italy, that ristretto is just too short and bitter) to the sacrosanct treatment of...more

Basel III Framework: Large Exposures

Even banks with strong capital ratios may fail as a result of the sudden failure of a counterparty or group of connected counterparties. To address this risk and to complement the now near-final Basel III framework, the Basel...more

Relaxation of PRC cross-border security and guarantee restrictions by SAFE’s New Rules

The Regulation on Foreign Exchange Administration of Cross-border Security together with its operational guidelines (collectively the New Rules) released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) came into effect...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Capital and Prudential Regulation - Remuneration - Credit Ratings - Funds - Financial Services - Enforcement - Events -...more

International Tax Compliance Update: IRS Hints at Coming Changes for Certain OVDP Filers

Remarks on Monday by John Koskinen, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, indicate that the IRS is close to conceding to outside pressure to more clearly distinguish between Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) filers...more

Latest Cyprus decrees relaxing restrictive measures in banking

The Republic of Cyprus issued new decrees on 2 June 2014 which provide further relaxation of restrictive measures, including abolishing restrictions on the opening of new bank accounts. ...more

DOJ Issues Further Guidance on Swiss Bank Program

Recently the Justice Department’s Tax Division issued further “comments” regarding its “Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks.” In prior posts we have described this program designed to...more

Is U.S. Regulatory Guidance Driving Leveraged Lending into the Shadows? - Potential Opportunity for Certain Non-U.S. Lenders and...

Since U.S. regulators published the Interagency Guidance on Leveraged Lending (Guidance), in March 2013, commentators have speculated on its likely market impact (the guidance is discussed in detail in an April 2013 Osler...more

FBAR Penalty to Face Excessive Fines Clause Test

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

Swiss Bank Pleads Guilty In Alleged Tax Evasion Conspiracy

On May 19, the DOJ announced that a Swiss bank pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with federal and state regulators to resolve a multi-year investigation into the bank’s alleged conspiracy to assist U.S. taxpayers in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation - On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for...more

The Taxman Cometh for US Holders of Foreign Bank Accounts

U.S. citizens and residents with unreported assets abroad may be feeling a steady increase of pressure these days. The July 1, 2014 effective date of the Foreign Assets Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is looming. The number of...more

DOJ Offshore Enforcement Update: In Landmark Case, Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion Penalty; Swiss Bank...

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to having assisted U.S. taxpayers in evading the payment of U.S. taxes and agreed to pay a penalty of $2.6 billion. Deputy Attorney General...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Council of the EU Adopts Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive - On May 6, the Council of the EU adopted at first reading the text of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD). The BRRD seeks to harmonize...more

IRS Announces Transitional Period for FATCA Enforcement, Other FATCA Rule Changes

The IRS notice further eases, but does not delay, FATCA implementation. On May 2, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2014-33 (the Notice), which announced that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will be...more

New Cyprus decrees relaxing restrictive measures in banking

The Republic of Cyprus issued two new decrees on 5 May 2014, Decree No 20 and Decree No 29. Notably, Decree No 20 provides further relaxation to the restrictions regarding: - Abolishment of prohibition of cashing...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- April 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Barclays’ settlement of two important U.K. Libor lawsuits; the reversal of a Libor-related securities action dismissal by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; a former Tullett...more

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