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Display of FinCEN’s Aggressive Anti-Laundering Approach

On April 21, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a geographic targeting order, an anti-money laundering device focused on trade-based money laundering schemes used by drug cartels,...more

IREG Update

Cybersecurity and the Insurance industry - Cybersecurity is quickly emerging as a top policy issue for insurance regulators. Speaking at a Dow Jones Risk & Compliance forum last week, on April 21, 2015, New York...more

Cyber Attacks on Financial Institutions Increasing in Frequency and Severity

Cyber attacks on financial institutions have become so relentless in their frequency and severity, that the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) directed banks this past month to enhance their...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #5

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Northstar v. Schwab. On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of Schwab Investments’ (Schwab) for rehearing and rehearing en banc in the case of...more

FATCA Compliance Deadline Reminder – Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands investment entities that have been classified as “Reporting Cayman Islands Financial Institutions” for purposes of FATCA should make every effort to enroll with the Cayman government by the April 30, 2015...more

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: The Expanding Scope of the John Doe Summons

The John Doe summons is an information-gathering tool that has been available to the IRS for many years, traditionally used to seek information about unknown persons suspected of tax evasion from banks, investment advisors or...more

Private Banking – A Shifting Landscape

The legacies of the global financial crisis continue to permeate the global landscape. In many ways, that unfortunate period in our history has forged a new era in the way in which we conduct business today. This is the case...more

"Assessing the Impact of Post-Financial Crisis Regulation"

The financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated that the then-existing financial regulatory system was in need of substantial repair. By any measure, the financial regulatory reform that has followed has been extensive. In areas...more

New York’s DFS Reports on Third-Party Cyber Security

Why it matters - A new report released by New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) detailed the vulnerabilities found in the relationships that many financial institutions have with their third-party vendors....more

New York Regulator Finds Substantial Cyber Vulnerabilities in Banking System

Earlier this month, Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services for the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), released a report finding “significant potential” vulnerabilities for cyber theft of...more

Federal Reserve Board Releases Additional Information on the LISCC Supervisory Program

On April 17, the Federal Reserve Board published a Supervision and Regulation Letter containing additional information on the operating structure of the Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee (LISCC) supervisory...more

2015 Federal Budget – Financial Services Highlights

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled his first budget on April 21, 2015 (Budget). Several proposals in the Budget will be of interest to financial services clients, including proposals for a consumer protection framework for...more

CIMA: Proposed changes to outsourcing arrangements for funds service providers

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) has recently released a draft Statement of Guidance: Outsourcing All Regulated Entities (Excluding Regulated Mutual Funds) (“SOG”) and Consultation Paper (“Paper”). The...more

The New Wave of Data Breach Settlements

4.8 million. 10 million. 15 million. 25 million. Before 2014, these large numbers were likely to represent the number of individuals affected by a data breach. Today, they are the dollar figures that companies must spend to...more

NY Department of Financial Services: Check Your Vendors’ Cybersecurity

According to a recent report released by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), the financial industry has a long way to go in overseeing the cybersecurity capabilities of outside vendors who carry out...more

Cyber-Attacks, and the Seven Steps to Protect Your Advisory Business Against Them

It sounds futuristic, or like CSI: Cyber, a sci-fi world of white hat/ black hat hackers, and of constant threats to national security and the financial markets caused by the digital world we live in. Based on the latest SEC...more

Dealing with high-risk clients and final advice for maintaining an effective AML compliance program

Dealing with high-risk clients in an era of enhanced AML enforcement - To identify and trace criminal activity, federal law enforcement relies on the mandatory filing of suspicious activity reports (SARs) by financial...more

FinCEN's New Geographic Targeting Order Focuses on Miami-Based Businesses - Financial Institutions Are Impacted by the GTO

On April 21, 2015 – after months of speculation by those in the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance community – the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) in...more

Five Key Issues Confronting Financial Services Industry Employers

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with a growing number of employment law challenges. Whistleblower complaints are on the rise as regulatory agencies become more aggressive in their efforts to encourage...more

Should You Sharpen Your Diversity Policies & Practices under Dodd-Frank Mandates?

The much-publicized Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 became effective on August 12, 2011. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring the implementation of diversity practices for both...more

No Place to Hide – FATCA Reporting Begins

Foreign asset reporting requirements are nothing new.  US taxpayers have long been required to report worldwide income, and the FBAR filing requirements have been around since the 1970s.  ...more

Portal for BVI FATCA Reporting Launched

The British Virgin Islands International Tax Authority (ITA) has launched its BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFARS). The portal was opened yesterday and is ready to accept enrolment applications from BVI Reporting...more

Real Estate: Foundation - April 2015

In this issue: - How NMTCs Benefit Real Estate Community Development Initiatives - Noteworthy Real Estate Deals - What’s Your Priority? An Open-Ended Examination of Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien...more

Study Concludes That California’s Lending Laws Are Number One

In a recently published paper, Colleen Honigsberg, Sharon P. Katz, and Gil Sadka examine the relationship between debt contracts and state law.  Perhaps only Captain Renault will be shocked by their finding that “California...more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

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