FinCEN

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged with detecting and combatting illegal activity within the financial system. FinCEN detects evidence of... more +
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged with detecting and combatting illegal activity within the financial system. FinCEN detects evidence of money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes by collecting, monitoring, and analyzing financial transaction data. Such data is disseminated to both domestic and international law enforcement agencies. less -
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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

FinCEN Issues Statement On Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses

On November 10, FinCEN released a statement to reiterate that banking organizations can serve Money Services Businesses (MSB) while meeting obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act. FinCEN noted that there is concern that banks...more

Recent Key Bitcoin and Virtual Currency Regulatory and Law Enforcement Developments

In recent months, US federal and state regulators have continued to focus on Bitcoin and the adoption of a regulatory framework for it and other "virtual currencies," as well as the enforcement of existing securities laws to...more

FinCEN Issues Statement Encouraging Banks to Evaluate Money Services Businesses on a Case-by-Case Basis

On November 10, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Statement addressing bank “de-risking,” often described as the practice of closing accounts or refusing to open accounts for particular types...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #2

The SEC first proposed a study of the fiduciary obligations of brokers and investment advisers as required by the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010. The SEC still has not made a decision about the shape of a fiduciary rule for...more

Money Laundering in the News: Los Angeles Fashion District Raid Puts Trade-Based Money Laundering and Black Market Peso Exchange...

On September 10, 2014, federal and local law enforcement officials raided the Los Angeles Fashion District in an effort to combat alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels which was occurring within the District. The...more

FinCEN Releases Statement Encouraging Banks to Offer Services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs)

In what may be good news for emerging virtual currency companies and emerging payments companies, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) released a public statement yesterday regarding the willingness of banks to...more

FinCEN Continues Scrutiny of Virtual Currency Companies

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network recently issued two administrative rulings holding that certain virtual currency trading platforms and payment systems were subject to registration as money services businesses....more

FinCEN Rules Proposed Virtual Currency Exchange, Bitcoin Payment System Subject to BSA

On October 27, FinCEN issued two administrative rulings to companies seeking guidance on whether they must register as MSBs and be subject to the required reporting, recordkeeping, and monitoring obligations. In its first...more

FinCrimes Update - October 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 8

BSA/AML & OFAC: LESSONS LEARNED FROM ARAB BANK'S U.S. ANTI-TERRORISM ACT VERDICT On September 22, 2014, following a two-month trial, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of a group of...more

FinCEN Strikes at Virtual Currency Anonymity, Rules that Virtual Currency Converter is a Money Services Business Under Bank...

On October 27, 2014, FinCEN ruled in response to a Request for Administrative Ruling that a company that converts traditional currencies into Bitcoin to facilitate payments must comply with regulations that govern Money...more

FinCEN Rulings Designate Certain Virtual Currency Businesses as Money Transmitters

On October 27, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued two administrative rulings regarding virtual currency. The first administrative ruling concerns a proposed virtual currency trading and booking...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

FinCEN Issues New Rulings Covering Virtual Currency Exchanges and Payment Processors

On Monday, FinCEN issued two advisory rulings responding to requests for clarification regarding the money transmitter status of two virtual currency companies. While the advisory rulings are technically limited to only the...more

FinCEN Releases Two Rulings Classifying a Bitcoin Payment System and Virtual Currency Trading Platform as MSBs

In its opening salvo bringing bitcoin under the watchful eye of the federal government, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Guidance (FIN-2013-G001) in March 2013 clarifying that anti-money laundering...more

6 Guidelines for Fostering a Culture of AML Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is hoping to help financial institutions increase compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Noting that violations often stem...more

Assessing the Increased Regulatory Focus on Public Company Internal Control and Reporting

Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) has publicly stated its increasing focus on public company internal controls and related reporting obligations. In February of this year at the...more

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Issues GTO

Following the September 10, 2014 historic seizure of $100 million in cash from the execution of approximately 70 business search warrants in the Los Angeles Fashion District, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)...more

FinCrimes Update - September 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 7

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN OFFERS RED FLAGS GUIDANCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND...more

FinCEN’s Culture of Compliance Advisory: A Strong Message

Cynics can easily dismiss FinCEN’s August 11, 2014 Advisory on Promoting a Culture of Compliance (Here). In fact, FinCEN’s Advisory contains several important messages, which need to be emphasized....more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order Focused on Money Laundering in L.A.’s Fashion District

In the latest development in a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) targeting alleged money laundering activities in Los Angeles’ garment trade, the Financial Crimes...more

Warning: Banks Need to Re-Examine KYC Risk Evaluation Procedures

A federal jury in New York recently handed down a verdict against the Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest bank, for funding Hamas terrorism acts against Israel. The verdict is precedent setting and will encourage other plaintiffs to...more

FinCEN Offers Red Flags Guidance On Human Trafficking And Smuggling

On September 11, in FIN-2014-A008, FinCEN advised financial institutions on how to detect and report suspicious financial activity that may be related to human smuggling and/or trafficking. The advisory describes the...more

Customer Due Diligence and Beneficial Ownership

Compliance officers face lots of challenges when conducting third-party due diligence. One issue that frequently arises is determining who exactly owns a potential agent or distributor. ...more

FinCEN Rules Regulations on Money Services Businesses Do Not Apply to ISOs and Exempt Payment Processors

On August 27, FinCEN issued FIN-2014-R009, an administrative ruling clarifying that Independent Sales Organizations (“ISOs”) and exempt payment processors are not money transmitters subject to Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)...more

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