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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Provides Additional Details to Evaluate Charter Applications From Fintech Companies - On March 15, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a "Draft...more

Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)

The MLD4 will amend and replace the Third Money Laundering Directive (MLD3) on 26 June 2017. This is the date by which all member states are required to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions...more

European Parliament Publishes Report on Fifth Money Laundering Directive Proposal

On March 9, 2017, the European Parliament published a report on the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (MLD5), this being the same report adopted by the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), as well as...more

Stemming Human Trafficking with AML/CFT Controls

Banks stand to advance the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery by reporting suspicious transactions and other financial activity that raise red flags, according to a report on March 15, 2017. Published by the...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Italy Imposes Record Data Protection Fines

On March 10, Italy’s data protection authority, Il Garante per la protezione dei dati personali (the “Garante”), announced that it had ordered fines totaling more than €11 million on five companies operating in the money...more

European Parliament: The U.S. is a Haven for Tax Cheats and Money Launderers

Earlier this week, we blogged about how the United States recently declared the Philippines to be a “major money laundering country.” On the same day of our post, March 7, the European Parliament (EP) issued a Report which...more

New York Department of Financial Services Intensifies AML Enforcement Under New Superintendent

Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), Maria T. Vullo, has focused the Department’s efforts on enforcement of New York’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) laws. Since her confirmation on June...more

Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry Discusses Fintech Charters

In his remarks at the LendIt Conference in New York, Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry discussed the special purpose national bank charters to be granted by the OCC to fintech companies and addressed the various...more

The Philippines Now a “Major Money-Laundering Country”

The Philippines has been identified by the U.S. as a “major money-laundering country” in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“Report”), published this month. The country now joins 87 others as one “whose...more

Indictments Spotlight Broad Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Money Laundering Statutes

The U.S. money laundering statutes have a broad global reach and may be used to prosecute cases involving alleged schemes perpetrated almost entirely outside of the United States. These types of allegations seem to be an...more

Will Blockchain Transform Compliance?

I recently read an article in the MIT Sloan Management Review, entitled “How Blockchain Will Change Organizations”, where authors Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott speculate that the transformations which blockchain may...more

New York Implements New BSA/AML/OFAC Certification and Monitoring/Filtering Regulation for Banks and Money

Financial firms that are chartered or licensed to do business in New York should be aware of an important new regulation that became effective on January 1, 2017. Money laundering and terrorist financing are generally thought...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2017

The FCA and PRA announced changes to enforcement process with the aim of strengthening the transparency and effectiveness of enforcement decision-making processes. Some of the changes have already come into force, the rest...more

Automatic exchange of information and insurance companies - a question of compliance

Automatic exchange of information (AEOI) regimes, primarily aimed at curbing tax avoidance through the use of foreign accounts and investment platforms, have recently become a global trend, starting with the adoption of the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

FinCEN is extending its campaign to press title insurance companies to reveal the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for high-end real estate deals in select cities around the country....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a sizeable stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb, a move that reportedly caught execs at the drugmaker unawares and sets the stage for a potential sale....more

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology Update: Research Paper

Locke Lord London Global Head of Cards & Payments Robert Courtneidge and Associate Charlie Clarence-Smith wrote a research paper on bitcoin and blockchain technology. Over the past few years, digital currencies have been...more

EU Consultation on Proposed Draft Technical Standards on Central Contact Points for AML and CFT Purposes

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Committee launched a consultation on proposed Regulatory Technical Standards on the criteria for when a central contact point is appropriate and the functions of the central...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), an agency within the U.S. Treasury Department, has put forth an Advisory on the FATFIdentified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Above-Guidelines Sentence for Lack of Justification, But Denies Request to Remand to Different...

Franco Lupoi was sentenced to 156 months on money laundering conspiracy and heroin trafficking conspiracy charges, in excess of the applicable Guidelines range and the 135 month sentence requested by the government. In its...more

Hong Kong Proposes Enhanced AML Obligations for Professionals and Beneficial Owner Registries for Hong Kong Companies

The Hong Kong Government has recently proposed to expand its anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws. This is expected to assist Hong Kong in keeping pace with AML developments in other financial centers, and to prepare for its...more

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