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Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Receives Life Sentence

On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a...more

The FIFA Indictments and Travel Act Prosecutions under the FCPA

While the indictments last week against 14 individuals who were members or associated with Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) did not include any alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

AML Bulletin - Spring 2015

In This Issue: * UK News & Enforcement Action: - HMRC releases AML and CTF supervision report 2013 – 2014 - HM Treasury High Risk Money Laundering List Updated - FCA Thematic Review Into AML And Sanctions...more

Preventing the Worst: Stopping Obvious and Bold FCPA Violations by Executives

Last year, a number of corruption cases, both individual prosecutions and suits against companies, revolved around the behavior of senior executives. While third parties can often be the vehicle companies use to funnel bribe...more

De-risking: Bank access for brokers and asset managers

The FCA has publicly announced an expectation that, in the context of managing money laundering risks, banks should not indiscriminately withdraw services from market sectors. Brokers and asset managers with appropriate...more

FinCEN Eyes Real Estate Industry For Money Laundering Concerns

On May 6, FinCen Director Jennifer Calvery delivered remarks at the West Coast AML Forum, highlighting the agency’s increased focus to ensure transparency within the U.S. financial system. In her remarks, Calvery addressed...more

FinCrimes Update - April 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 4

IN THIS ISSUE: AML/BSA &OFAC | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement |...more

FinCEN Issues Aggressive Regulatory Order Against Electronics Companies in Miami

For the second consecutive year, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN"), of the U.S. Department of Treasury, issued a Geographic Targeting Order ("GTO"), to deter the laundering of drug money through an...more

FinCEN Issues a Geographic Targeting Order for Miami-Area Businesses

A Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) is one of the major enforcement tools of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Such orders are issued under the authority of the Bank Secrecy Act and are used to impose stricter...more

Saul better make his own call: new liability for enablers of organised crime

The law in England and Wales will shortly be reformed so that those enabling the criminal activities of an organised crime group, including professionals, can be prosecuted more easily. All businesses need to be alive to the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues Guidance for Swap Execution Facilities on the Calculation of Projected Operating Costs - On April 23, the CFTC issued guidance regarding the calculation of projected operating costs or expenses for the...more

FinCEN and ICE Issue Geographic Targeting Order Against Electronics Exporters in the Miami Area

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) served a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) on about 700 electronics exporter businesses in the Miami area, in an investigation into cash...more

DOJ Charges Former Federal Agents with Bitcoin Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

On March 30, the DOJ filed a criminal complaint against two former federal agents on charges of wire fraud and money laundering of digital currency stolen during the investigation of Silk Road. According to the DOJ, both...more

FinCEN Assesses $75,000 Penalty Against Check Casher Business for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws

On March 18, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed a $75,000 civil money penalty against a Colorado check casher and its general manager and ordered it to cease all business activities for “willfully...more

IRS Will Adopt “Common Sense” Approach To Structured Activity In Bank Accounts

Why it matters - In response to recent criticism, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) John A. Koskinen announced that the agency will adopt a “common sense” approach in how it handles funds that have...more

FinCEN Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Andorran Bank as “Primary Money Laundering Concern”

On March 10, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) named Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA) a foreign financial institution of “primary money laundering concern,” a measure that will...more

Cyprus becomes “Equivalent Jurisdiction” under Cayman Money Laundering Regulations

On 21 November 2014 the Cayman Islands gazetted an amendment to the Money Laundering Regulations (Regulations) to include Cyprus in the Third Schedule to the Regulations which lists countries and territories with equivalent...more

FinCEN Blacklists Banca Privada d’Andorra

On March 10, 2015, FinCEN designated Banca Privada d’Andorra, based in the Principality of Andorra, as a foreign financial institution of primary money-laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

Financial Action Task Force Publishes Updated List of Deficient Jurisdictions

On February 27, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which is an inter-governmental body established to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2015

This installment of MoFo’s Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments highlights a number of significant domestic and global anti-corruption enforcement developments for busy in-house counsel and compliance...more

FinCEN Hits Repeat Offender with $20M Penalty

Why it matters - The $20 million civil money penalty assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) against Oppenheimer & Co. is intended to send several strong messages to all types of financial services...more

Gulliver’s Travels, Truth or Fiction?

There was once a man named Gulliver who traveled widely and wrote a book about his adventures called Gulliver’s Tales. During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a...more

Council of the EU Endorses Agreement with the European Parliament Regarding the MLD4

On February 10, the Council of the European Union published a press release stating that agreement had been reached with the European Parliament regarding the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) and the proposed revised...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds the U.S. DOJ’s Expansive Approach to Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On February 9, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Jean Rene Duperval’s convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, approving the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) expansive approach to...more

Conviction of First Foreign Official at Trial for Money Laundering Based on Underlying FCPA Bribery Scheme Upheld

Following on the heels of its landmark 2014 ruling in United States v. Esquenazi, the Eleventh Circuit has issued another important decision addressing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in a related case, United States...more

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