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Despite FAQs and OCC Interim Examination Procedures, Little Illumination So Far for Volcker Rule Compliance

June 2014 saw the publication of some interagency FAQs on the Volcker Rule (the Rule) and interim procedures from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for its examiners to use in assessing progress by national...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: IRS Unveils Major Changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since the 1970s, U.S. taxpayers with foreign banks accounts have been required to annually report their foreign bank account information to the Department of Treasury on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts...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

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

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

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

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UK Government Backs "Transparency & Trust" Paper Recommendations - The UK government has published a response paper largely in agreement with the controversial "Transparency & Trust" discussion paper published by its...more

Sifting Through The Ukraine Economic Sanctions

It is odd how a foreign crisis can have a dramatic impact on the world of ethics and compliance. Foreign policy headaches turn into compliance nightmares when the United States becomes embroiled in foreign events....more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 3 - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - The SEC Issues Its Long-Awaited Sweep Letter on ETNs - FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain FWPs - Comprehensive Surveillance Sharing Agreements -...more

Banking balkanisation?

In mid-February 2014, the Federal Reserve approved the final enhanced prudential rule for foreign banking organisations (FBOs) under Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule applies enhanced standards to FBOs that...more

Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the United States - 2014 Update

Financial institutions, including foreign banks, regularly access the capital markets and seek to diversify their funding alternatives. Foreign banks may seek to access the US capital markets without subjecting themselves to...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition

In this issue: - US Developments - Global Development - EU Developments - Developments Specific To Financial Institutions - Excerpt from US Development: SEC Developments - Iran...more

Banking - Cyprus: Restrictions on transfers of deposits or funds partially eased

Introduction - On January 17 2014 the Ministry of Finance published the 25th Decree, as required by Articles 4 and 5 of the Enforcement of Restrictive Measures on Transactions in Case of Emergency Law 2013. The decree...more

Two Non-U.S. Banks Agree to Pay Penalties Totaling $160 Million for Violations of U.S. Sanctions Laws Resulting from Omnibus...

Recent enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Government against non-U.S. banks for violations of U.S. sanctions laws demonstrate the need for financial institutions, particularly those that act as custodians or financial...more

"Regulators Renew Their Focus on Anti-Money Laundering Compliance"

A resurgence in anti-money laundering (AML) enforcement over the last few years reflects a renewed post-crisis focus on compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) imposed on banks (AML...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage...more

Lloyds Banking Group Face £28 Million Fine in Relation to Sales Incentive Controls

On December 11, the FCA published a final notice to Lloyds Banking Group in which it was fined a record GBP £28 million. The fine was imposed for “serious failings” in its sales practices, the largest UK regulatory penalty...more

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

Doing Business in Japan

I am pleased to present to you DLA Piper’s “Doing Business in Japan” Guide. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and remains cutting-edge in business. In 2012, 68 Global 500 Companies were headquartered in...more

Money Laundering on the Front Burner

With the bulk of the banking industry’s credit problems resolved or at least more manageable than in the recent past, the regulators appear to be on a new warpath. Over the last year, they have sent strong signals to the...more

Il Sistema Dei Controlli Interni Nelle Banche Secondo Le Nuove Disposizioni Di Vigilanza Prudenziale

Con l’aggiornamento n. 15 della Circolare n. 263 del 27 dicembre 2006, datato 2 luglio 2013, la Banca d’Italia ha provveduto ad aggiornare le disposizioni di vigilanza prudenziale per le banche, inserendo nel Titolo V, tra...more

FATCA Compliance Update: U.S. Treasury Announces Six Month Delay In Implementing FATCA

On July 12, 2013, the U.S. Treasury announced that due to overwhelming concern from countries around the world, the implementation of FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) would be deferred from January 1, 2014 to...more

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