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"Is the DOJ FCPA Enforcement Hegemony Dead?"

For nearly 15 years, the United States has had the worldwide corruption enforcement stage to itself, reaping billions of dollars in fines and settlement payments from companies that have acknowledged engaging in bribery in...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

International Financial Services Association Launches AML Working Group

On April 15, BAFT, an international financial services association for organizations engaged in international transaction banking, announced the creation of a new Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer Trade Finance...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

New Capital Standard for Fund Investments May Be More Onerous Than Volcker Rule

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on December 13, 2013 approved an amendment to Basel II risk-weights for fund investments. The new standard increases risk-weights for fund investments. The new Basel standard, if...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Japan

1. What role does the government of Japan play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Raminfard Guilty Plea Highlights Complexity Of International Tax Compliance, Seriousness Of Violations, Importance Of IRS Offshore...

Los Angeles Businessman, David Raminfard, pleaded guilty on November 4th, 2013 in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue...more

European Commission Imposes EUR 1.71 Billion Fine for Participating in Illegal Cartels

On December 4, the European Commission announced that it had fined eight international banks a total of more than 1.7 billion for their participation in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the...more

Cayman Islands signs FATCA Agreement with USA

Cayman Islands signed a "Model 1" intergovernmental agreement on FATCA ("IGA"). The United States considers this IGA already to be in effect, despite the need for implementing measures in the Cayman Islands. This IGA is the...more

Taxpayer Wins New York Bank Tax Case: Division of Tax Appeals Determines that Department Violated its Own Published Guidance

In a recent decision, the New York State Division of Tax Appeals soundly rejected a determination by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the "Department") that it could treat a banking corporation’s...more

Banking and Finance Litigation Update - Issue 68

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking 2 - Domestic General 4 - European Banking 5 - European General 6 - International Banking 6 - International General 7 - Press Releases 7 - Case Law 9 -...more

Banking & Finance Litigation Update - Issue 66 (Global)

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking - Domestic General - European Banking - European General - International Banking - Press Releases - Case Law - Excerpt from Case Law: 68. Tort...more

Preferring Foreign Depositors

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has issued a proposed regulation intended to address an emerging issue in international banking: how to grant non-US branch deposits equal treatment with US deposits in the event of...more

The Basel Committee Proposes to Double Down on Counterparty Exposure Limits

On March 26, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“Basel Committee”) published a Consultative Document in which it proposes a revised supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large counterparty exposures...more

Senate Committee on Banking Holds Hearing on Lax Enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act

As recently reported, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (information here), on March 7, 2013, held a hearing on “Patterns of Abuse: Assessing Bank Secrecy Act Compliance and Enforcement”. The...more

Federal Regulators Announce BSA/AML And Derivatives Trading Enforcement Actions Against Large Bank.

On January 14, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC issued two consent orders against a large international bank and its trust company over alleged deficiencies in its Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML)...more

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