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Being a Returned Fugitive from Justice May Not Be the Worst Thing

But don’t flee justice! This is not legal advice to you, but I really don’t mean to recommend avoiding problems with federal prosecutors by going to other countries where it’s hard for those prosecutors to catch up with you....more

Florida Court: Bitcoin Isn’t “Money”, and Selling It Isn’t “Transmission”

A Florida criminal court has exonerated a defendant charged with violating state money transmission and money laundering laws. In Florida v. Espinoza, the State of Florida charged Michell Abner Espinoza with one count...more

Will the Panama Papers Lead to Criminal Charges Against U.S. Taxpayers?

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), collaborating with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, in spring 2016 began leaking approximately 11 million internal documents obtained without permission...more

Train Your Board and C-Suite Now – The Under-Education of Corporate Leadership

The next time we read about a train wreck of corporate malfeasance – be it in the anti-corruption, money laundering, financial reporting or any other space you can think of – please do not shrug your shoulders and shake your...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

FinCEN has announced a major expansion and extension of its geographic targeting orders (GTOs) aimed at high-end cash buyers of real estate. This action reflects FinCEN’s continued efforts to prevent money laundering through...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

DOJ and SEC Collect $22 Million from LAN Airlines for Conduct in Resolving Labor Dispute

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC announced parallel FCPA settlements totaling $22 million in fines, penalties and disgorgement against LAN Airlines, a Chile-based airline, for conduct in resolving a labor dispute...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #4

Editor's Note - What Exactly Is Bitcoin? In a case featuring a sting operation beginning with meetings in a coffee shop, ice cream store and hotel lobby and ending with the sale of bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach...more

Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza...more

Red Flags Squelch Corrupt PDVSA Deal

As the Petrobras corruption scandal seems to be going strong, we turn our attention to what may be the most corrupt of all the national energy companies, the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)....more

New confiscation recommendations: a price worth paying?

On 15 July 2016, the Home Affairs Committee published a report on the Proceeds of Crime. The report identifies a number of systemic problems with the current confiscation order system and makes several recommendations...more

New out-of-court settlement in Belgium for bribery, fraud and money laundering offences

A new law has introduced an out-of-court criminal dispute resolution procedure which is available to, inter alia, a legal entity accused of bribery, fraud or money laundering. Provisions relating to another alternative to...more

Blog: Home Affairs Select Committee concludes UK needs to do more to address money laundering and corruption

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report entitled ‘Proceeds of Crime’ in which it is highly critical of the efforts being made and systems in place in the UK to prevent money laundering and to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

Enforcement Week I: Troubling Questions Raised in HSBC Prosecution

We had an interesting week of anti-corruption enforcement actions last week, both in the US and the UK. We have now had four Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions since the announcement of the Depart Of...more

New Frontier for Bank Secrecy Act Prosecutions: Trade-Based Money Laundering

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have focused on disrupting the use of the financial system by terrorist groups, criminal organizations and tax evaders to...more

South Carolina Enacts its First Law Regulating Money Transmission

Last month South Carolina joined 48 other states in regulating money transmission with unanimous passage of House Bill 4554. The bill, enacting the South Carolina Anti-Money Laundering Act, provides the framework for...more

NY DFS Finalizes Rigorous AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting forth rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and...more

Roundup of anticipated UK regulatory developments

- SUMMER 2016 - Cases to watch Fondazione Enarsco v Lehman Brothers Finance SA & Anor – early termination provisions in ISDA Master Agreement (1992) – what does the requirement to provide a calculation of loss...more

International Litigation Update: United States Supreme Court Limits Extraterritorial Reach of RICO Claims

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, holding that provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) apply to conduct that occurs...more

DOJ dismisses last of the drug trafficking charges against FedEx: two key takeaways

Recently, four days into what had been scheduled to be a seven-week trial, the US Department of Justice voluntarily dismissed the last of the criminal charges it had brought in its money laundering and drug trafficking...more

Brexit's Impact on the Insurance Industry

Following the UK’s historic vote to leave the EU, numerous questions have arisen, including whether the UK will really leave the EU and whether Scotland and Northern Ireland (both of which voted to remain in the EU) will have...more

Supreme Court: RICO Has Extraterritorial Reach But Requires Domestic Injury

The Supreme Court issued an important opinion on June 20, 2016, regarding the extraterritorial reach of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) that may have real-world implications for companies...more

US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Identifies the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a Jurisdiction of Primary Money...

The US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, pursuant to authority contained in the USA PATRIOT ACT, found “reasonable grounds” to conclude that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a jurisdiction of primary money...more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the DOJ announced the largest nationwide heath care fraud takedown in history, which resulted in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals for alleged participation in health care fraud...more

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