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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 -

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Digital Currencies: FinCEN Shuts Down Foreign Exchange for Anti-Money Laundering Violations – Another Mt. Gox?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 27, 2017, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for the Department of Treasury (FinCEN) seized the website of the digital currency exchange BTC-e for allegedly operating a multi-billion dollar money laundering...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions About Future of Similar U.S. Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets. In the nearly 18 months following that...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

FinCEN Action Demonstrates the Agency’s Ability to Use Anti-Money Laundering Laws Against Non-U.S. Entities

On Wednesday, July 27, 2017, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a $110 million fine levied against BTC-e, a digital currency exchange, for BTC-e’s alleged refusal to abide by...more

FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Rule: A Practical Guide to Being Prepared for Implementation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In May 2016, Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued its final rule on Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Requirements for Financial Institutions. ...more

FinCEN Takes First Action Against Foreign-Located MSB—“The Virtual Currency Exchange of Choice for Criminals”—For Willfully...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 26, FinCEN, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“NDCA USAO”), assessed a $110,003,314 civil money penalty against BTC-e a/k/a Canton Business Corporation (“BTC-e”)...more

It's Not Reefer Madness, It's Risk Management: Providing Investment Services to the Marijuana-Related Industry

by Baker Donelson on

Investment advisors and broker-dealers ask more and more whether they can safely provide investment services to prospective customers in the marijuana industry. The answer is still that there is a risk of liability under...more

The FinTech Revolution: Enforcement Actions Brought against FinTech Companies and Their Implications

by Blank Rome LLP on

This is the second installment in a series of articles. For an understanding of FinTech products and services and how they are disrupting the financial services industry. As law enforcement authorities and government...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Continued and Unexpected Roadblocks to Serving MRBs: Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part Two of a Three-Part Series - In the second part of this series, we explore the practical effects of the FinCEN and DOJ guidance documents on industries attempting to serve marijuana related business (“MRBs”). On June...more

Banking and the Marijuana Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part One of a Three-Part Series - We begin this week with a three-part series on banking and the marijuana industry. States continue to pass medical and recreational use marijuana legislation despite that the fact that the...more

Cash Purchasers of Real Property Face Renewed Focus

by Sanford Millar on

In the course of our practice we represent foreign investors in real property. In addition to providing tax advice on how to best structure a real property investment we focus on advising our clients on how comply with...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

Department of the Treasury Invites Taxpayers to Comment on Department Regulations to Reduce Compliance Burdens

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 14, 2017, the Department of the Treasury (the “Department”) issued a request for public comments to identify Department guidance that should be modified, eliminated, or streamlined in order to reduce compliance...more

Proposed Changes to Cross-Border Reporting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part III of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on...more

Marijuana Banking Update Issued By FinCEN

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) recently issued a Marijuana Banking Update, with data through March 31, 2017. The number of banking institutions offering services to...more

IRS Reminds U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad of Misc. Filing Due Dates and Filings

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In News Release 2017-105, the IRS reminded U.S. taxpayers living abroad: The extended due date, if the taxpayer had his or her tax home and abode abroad on the original due date, is June 15. But interest on taxes runs from...more

Blockchain Week in Review - June 2017 #5

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

FinCEN issues Marijuana Banking Update Report

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN), issued a Marijuana Banking Update Report for the period ending March 31, 2017. Back in January, I wrote about a bi-partisan group of...more

Senators Propose the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the “Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.” Although it is...more

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