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European Commission Requests Feedback on a Roadmap for Widening Access to Centralized Bank and Payment Account Registries

On August 9, 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment (Ares (2017)3971182) (also called a roadmap) on access to centralized bank account registries. In the roadmap, the Commission explains...more

Second Circuit Ruling Creates Challenge for Securities Class Action Plaintiffs

The Second Circuit recently considered the extraterritorial application of the U.S. securities laws in the private securities class action context, bringing some clarity to an area of the law that is increasingly important...more

Government Dismisses All Charges In Benjamin Wey Securities Fraud Case After U.S. District Judge Suppresses All Evidence Obtained...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 8, 2017, the Government moved to dismiss all charges against Benjamin Wey, the CEO of New York Global Group charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. United States District Court...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 4 August - 10 August 2017

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Brexit - Brexit – PRA letter to HoC Treasury Committee on firms' contingency planning - On 9 August, the HoC Treasury Committee published a letter (dated 2 August) from Sam Woods, BoE Deputy Governor, Prudential...more

OFAC Targets Alleged Mexican Drug Boss and “His Vast Network,” Including International Soccer Superstar

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Describing him as a “longtime Mexican Drug Kingpin,” the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated Raul Flores Hernandez and the “Flores Drug Trafficking Organization,” or ...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

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

The Monetary Authority of Singapore Clarifies Its Treatment of Token Offerings - To Regulate or Not to Regulate? – That Is No...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a press release issued on Tuesday, August 1, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) provided its most direct guidance yet on how it intends to treat “token offerings.” For those looking for concrete rules,...more

Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) and the new Regulations

by Locke Lord LLP on

The MLD4 came into force on 26 June 2017. This was the date by which all member states were required to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to facilitate their compliance with...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #3

LedgerX Approved by CFTC as First Derivatives Clearing Organization for Fully Collateralized Swap Contracts Potentially Settling in Bitcoin: On July 24, LedgerX was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a...more

U.S. Department of Justice Indicts Russian National and Bitcoin Exchange

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On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the Northern District of California had indicted Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national, and BTC-e, the bitcoin exchange that Vinnik allegedly...more

FCPA Conviction Highlights DOJ’s Continued Focus on Individual Enforcement

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The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) secured an important victory for its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement efforts on July 27, 2017, when a Manhattan jury found Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng guilty on...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

For your DC trustee agenda: current legal issues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DC pension schemes, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next...more

Record-Setting Prosecutions in the Money Transmitting Business: Ways to Avoid Compliance Violations

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In the first several months of 2017, we have seen significant anti-money laundering settlements and penalties in the money transmitting business arising from lax compliance programs, including the record-setting Western Union...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

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Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

Second Circuit Applies Morrison to Rule 23 Predominance Analysis, in In re Petrobras Securities, but Rejects Third Circuit’s...

On July 7, the Second Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part an order by Judge Rakoff of the S.D.N.Y. certifying two classes in the In re Petrobras Securities litigation, — F.3d –, 2017 WL 2883874 (2d Cir., July 7,...more

Recent Changes to the Beneficial Ownership Register Regime in the UK

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Important reforms designed to increase the transparency of the ownership and control of UK companies and English law LLPs were introduced in the UK on 6 April 2016. Among the most significant of these was a requirement for UK...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 14 July 2017 – 20 July 2017

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BREXIT - CRDV IV – EBA final draft RTS and ITS on authorisation of credit institutions - On 14 July, the EBA published a report setting out the following final draft technical standards: (i) Final draft RTS on the...more

Second Circuit Limits Disclosure of Independent Monitor Reports in Deferred Prosecution Cases

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision regarding the role of federal courts in cases resolved through deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) — a settlement avenue that the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Alleged Nigerian Oil Industry Corruption and Civil Forfeiture: More Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law; More High-End Real...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the Southern District of Texas seeking recovery of approximately $144 million in assets that allegedly represent the proceeds of foreign...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 7 July 2017 – 13 July 2017

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BREXIT - Brexit - EU (Withdrawal) Bill published - On 13 July, the DExEU published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (Bill), which: (i) repeals the ECA 1972; (ii) converts EU law into UK law where appropriate; and...more

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