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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

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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

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained on Money Laundering Charges

The founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, following their indictment on money-laundering charges allegedly tied to the ever-widening Petrobas corruption scandal in Brazil. Kenia...more

AML Rules for Payment Industry Proposed by European Union Regulators

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) issued on February 10, 2017 draft rules regarding certain anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism steps for Member States of the European Union (EU)....more

The Western Union DPA and the Need to Investigate One’s Own

The Western Union Company (“Western Union”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) on January 19th with the Department of Justice, based on alleged willful failures to maintain an effective AML program and the...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Banking Regulators Try to Ease Concerns Over Aggressive AML/BSA Enforcement

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators sought to correct a problem—at least in part one of their own creation—by issuing a “Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

2016 Year End Review: Money Laundering Opinions of Note

The federal courts continued in 2016 to produce a stream of cases pertaining to money laundering. We focus on three below because they involve analysis of basic issues that frequently arise in money laundering litigation....more

2016 Year in Review: Forfeiture

The field of forfeiture saw significant action in 2016. The IRS offered to return forfeited funds used in structuring, but Congress still may clip its ability to forfeit such funds. Meanwhile, DOJ renewed a controversial...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

All change for UK money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry

A number of very significant changes are being made to the UK anti-money laundering regime. Of particular interest to the private equity industry will be the proposed new criminal offence of failure to prevent the...more

How A Defendant Won The Lottery!

The decision to hire a Forensic Accountant can be like buying a lottery ticket. Not all Forensic Accountants are equal. Not all possess the characteristics and critical success factors of an effective Forensic Accountant,...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2016 Year-End Update

2016 was a record-setting year for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement, as both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recovered well over $2 billion in...more

Obtaining Jurisdiction in New York Courts through Repeated Use of Correspondent Bank Accounts

In the past, a foreign bank’s use of correspondent bank accounts in the United States to facilitate wire transfers has not necessarily given New York courts a sufficient basis for jurisdiction over the bank. But a recent 4-3...more

Western Union on the Hook for $586 Million for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud

Western Union is facing a $586-million settlement, after admitting to aiding criminals in money laundering and fraud. The global money services business, with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, has entered into...more

Are Forensic Accountants an Attorney’s Silver Bullet?

From the art of interviewing, to recognizing mathematical irregularities, and following the money, Forensic Accountants are a proven invaluable tool for Attorneys and their clients. “Finding” the money combines the skill...more

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