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Philippines lifts foreign equity ownership restrictions in its banking industry

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law Republic Act 10641 (RA 10641), “An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines.” Under the new law, signed on July 15, 2014,...more

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

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

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

June 30 Deadline Approaches for Mandatory E-File FBAR Reporting

2014 presents particular challenges with respect to FBAR, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, for certain U.S. persons with interests in or signature authority over assets exceeding $10,000 held outside the...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

A Conversation with Rajiv Gupta on Asia Restructurings  [Video]

Latham & Watkins co-hosted a senior level industry summit with ASIFMA in Hong Kong entitled "Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Restructurings." Latham & Watkins' partner Rajiv Gupta shares insights from the summit....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

Non-U.S. Retirement Plans Must Comply with or Claim Exemption from FATCA by July 1

In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA is intended to make it more difficult for U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets held in...more

Bitcoin Reportability and Taxation

June 30 is the deadline for taxpayers with a connection to foreign financial accounts to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). As this is the first year in which all FBARs must be...more

DOJ Secures Verdict in Excess of $2 Million for Failure to File FBARs

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, a jury in Miami issued a verdict against a taxpayer for $2.2 million in fees, interest, and civil penalties for willfully failing to file foreign bank account reports (FBARs) for his Swiss bank...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

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty to DOJ Charge of Conspiracy to Aid Tax Evasion; FRB and NYDFS Take Related Actions

As widely reported in the financial press, Credit Suisse AG (“Credit Suisse”), a large Swiss bank that maintains a branch and other offices in the United States pleaded guilty to the felony of conspiracy to aid tax evasion by...more

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